Jake and Lucy moved into their new place late August and Main St is very busy so they had to learn to stay on the porch unless they are on a leash. In the first week they had a fail for running down the steps because there was a German Shepard barking at them from the sidewalk, but they did come back up on the porch when I told them to. Week 2 was not good for Lucy as she had about 4 fails but came back right away when I told her. Week 3 and no fails so far. Its like there is an invisible barrier that they have learned not to cross unless on leash.
I had a unique experience with Stella, a chocolate lab, with leash biting. I have been successful every time with just telling the owner to ignore the behaviour and it will disappear. It never took more than 2 minutes to fix. Stella is a 13 month old dog that has very sharp teeth and as I am telling my client to just ignore the leash biting, I look down to see she has almost worked her way through the handle of the leash.
Time to switch gears and try something new. I brought the leash to her and every time she put in her mouth I moved back and put the leash out of reach. After about 6 times I came out and attached the bolt to her collar and when she took the leash in her mouth I removed the leash and put it out of her reach. After 6 times I said lets teach a few more things before we come back to this.
I taught Stella “Watch Me” and “Off” and then went right to the recall exercise which I use the leash to teach and when she put the leash in her mouth I said “Off” and she dropped the leash.
Sometimes our methods don’t work as planned and we have to quickly find another way that will work to accomplice the desired behaviour.
It’s such a joy to train a 12 week old puppy, they are like a sponge that absorbs everything.
Beckham, a Coton de Tuléar, came with a few problems such as not being house trained and the demand barking issue but she was cute as a button.
After only one accident (which was my fault) she hasn’t eliminated in the house even once. The demand barking took a day and a half to cure because they learn so quickly at this age.
Now let’s go for a walk and oops there is another problem, she seems to bark at every person she sees. Socialization seems to be in order so I knock on every door in the neighbourhood of people I know to play pass the puppy and 2 days later, after meeting about 30 people and many dogs, there is only the occasional barking at strangers. She still needs to meet about another 170 people to be well socialized.
After one week of daily walks and using my 10-second training method she can; Sit, wait, recall (come when called), watch me and walk right beside me without pulling. Now she is ready for her owners to pick her up today. They will finally be able to sleep tonight because the barking all night is finished. She loves her crate.
I love training puppies.