This dog is motivating me so much!!
Having Sasha as a puppy (and an adolescent hahaha!) who doesn’t want to train or play has been really tough on me. I struggled, and I do still struggle. She just is not a dog that thrives on training, and she’s not a “me” dog at all.
Enter Mojo, this highly food motivated pup who loves nothing more than interacting with me and learning new things…THIS IS THE DOG OF MY DREAMS!!!!
The difference between Mojo and Sasha is night and day, and I also feel huge relief and faith restored in my ability as a dog trainer haha! I say that jokily, but it’s true. Dog training is one of the few hobbies I am still well enough to do, and Sasha made me lose a lot of confidence…then along comes a loves-to-learn mutt puppy, and we click instantly!
I taught him ‘pressure’ 🙂
Every outing with him is so fab I want to post about it, so you’ll have to excuse all these training posts 😉
Today we walked up through town to the canal. On the way up we did some loose lead walking, and then two Labradors started barking at Mojo from a car about 8ft ahead of us.
Mojo is reactive to dogs and dogs barking. At 9 weeks old he would start yappy-screaming every time he heard or saw a dog, and I’ve worked hard on this for the last 5 weeks. He’s gotten so much better, to the point where he did wonderful engage disengage and didn’t react to these two at all 🙂
Our first stop was the canal; this was to further work on confidence around other dogs, maybe say hi to some, and to experience new things.
Unfortunately Mojo was KNACKERED due to having one of his whingey “I don’t need to sleep” nights, and so after literally two minutes walking he insisted on being carried 😛
He did see some dogs from my arms though, and was curious and not at all reactive, which was awesome to see!
After leaving the canal we went to the supermarket, and I expected Mojo to sleep whilst my partner went and grabbed some shopping – but nope! To Mojo, the supermarket = training, and he wanted to work!
He did some absolutely fantastic training, he offered so much focus, so many sits! He even ignored people that walked LESS THAN A FOOT FROM HIM and cooed at him, and he *still* chose to train rather than go say hi!! As you can see the lead was slack, I didn’t stop him at all, it was *his* choice 😀
A few times when I released him to go say hi, he would rush over all giddy and waggy-tailed, say hi and then hurry back to sit again hahaha!
Great day for socialisation though. On the canal he saw ducks for the first time, watched other dogs, and saw a barge go past. Outside the supermarket he focused around people of all ages and trolleys, and he got to greet half a dozen new people 🙂
And from a wet walk yesterday – note, it wasn’t raining, the grass was just wet!!!
And finally, a video of a giant puppy (Sasha) playing with a tiny puppy (Mojo)!