Mojo is 13.5 weeks old, and is smashing everything 🙂
Mojo is an AWESOME dog to work with. He’s spunky, confident, intelligent, and very food motivated. Currently we are concentrating on socialisation, focus around distractions, and basic obedience (sit, recall, heel etc).
The one iffy thing we’ve encountered is other dogs; he was very reactive when he came to us, and although this has improved he occasionally lets out a little huff, and on the ground doesn’t want to say hello to other dogs. He’s only met one unknown dog so far, and silently sat on my lap and observed – I was hugely impressed, as he didn’t bark, came to me for safety, and was happy to watch ❤
Raiden reacted the same way at about 3 months, and he grew to be an extremely social adult., so hopefully with training Mojo can head in that direction!
He takes in his stride:
– people, observing and greeting (elderly people, children, teenagers, toddlers, people using crutches, wheelchairs and mobility scooters)
– heavy traffic (being carried and walking by busy roads, including loud lorries going past)
– shops, both going in and sitting outside watching people with trolleys etc
– a variety of surfaces (sand, grass, concrete, metal grates, bark chips etc)
– farm animals (cows, sheep, geese)
Mojo has been SO FUN to train 🙂
He’s so quick to learn, and the fact he is extremely food motivated definitely helps haha. So far he knows sit, down, touch, wait, two (front paws on an object) and his name.
Outdoors his loose lead walking is coming on a treat.
His off lead heel is incredible!
His recall is wonderful, because he’s so young! There’s no better time to concentrate on creating reliable off leash behaviour or recall than when your puppy is young. Get them off lead, and get them running to you 🙂
Finally, his focus rocks!
I’m expecting this to vanish in the next month or two haha, but for now I’m working with it and rewarding it as much as possible.
The other day he did an off lead sit stay whilst a man passed us on a path!! He’s 13 weeks old and he can sit and focus around anybody and anything, it’s amazing!
And he also walked loose lead through a park teaming with two dozen kids! He recalled to me when they ran past him, he offered sits, and focused when asked 🙂
He’d just walked through that path you can see behind us!
Although I don’t think he’s going to be an ‘easy’ or even particularly well behaved dog in the future (he’s at least two vocal breeds – Chihuahua and Yorkshire Terrier -, he’s a rescue with a poor past, AND he was reactive / resource guarded at 10 weeks old!!) I do think he’s going to be an incredible dog 😉