Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Kitt is schedule to go home tomorrow. Ruger & Jake will be sooooo sad. He's been best friends with them while he's been here & now they won't have anyone to wrestle with. Lucy is doing great. Just the occasional reinforcement of "no" around toys or the water bowl but she hasn't had anymore episodes since the last one. She's such a good girl. Once the yard dries up & I can get more pictures of everyone I'll post a better update & show everyone's progress!
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Monday was Jet's last day. He did SOOOO great. He's much more calm & patient than before. His family missed his so much & was very happy to have him home. He has strict instructions to keep socializing with people & practice place quite a bit to reinforce that patience I've been trying to teach him. I hope to have more great updates of Jet later on!
Kitt & Lucy are doing just great. We've been taking a lot of field trips to Petco & the park so they both can meet people. Kitt is doing very well with his manner. He even got a compliment from a man who couldn't believe he's still a puppy. Great job Kitt!! Lucy is much more accepting of people & is doing great with her off leash work.
Mesa, the Pitt has joined us for boarding just until today & then she's off for a fun trip to New Mexico. We always enjoy having her & she's been an extra love but towards me so I gotta love that ;) She & Duke have played like crazy puppies the last two days as well.
We also have a new trainee!! Niles! He's a 4 1/2 month old Boston Terrier. He is here for the Advanced Obedience & he's a complete love bug! He's not too sure of the other dogs & seems to be more taken with people than playing at this point. Yesterday I picked him up. We first fitted him for his new jewelry ;) (his training collar) & then started teaching him his manners with walking on his leash & meeting people without jumping up. A+ on both counts. He's a very smart little guy. He did great in his crate & today we're going to focus on heel w/auto sit, sit-stay, & "at ease"!! More to come on Niles...... and pictures too.
(I left the camera at the barn because we have a baby due in the new few days & I wanted to make sure not to miss taking pictures. I'll have updated pictures today!)
Monday, March 23, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
OH! BIG NEWS!! Happy, the 1 year Golden Retriever I trained a while back was in need of a home. The family is thinking of relocating to a new place (not supposed to say where) & they needed a good home for her. So, we're taking her...... well sort of. He's technically going to be Jack's dog but he'll visit whenever Jack is here. Every 13 year old boy needs a dog to grow up with. He's been in looooove with Happy since I trained her so it's a perfect match. She's going to spend the rest of this week with me so I can refresh her manners, which she's doesn't really need much of, & then I'll spend some time teaching Jack everything about her & her schedule. So, super exciting news for Happy!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Kitt has made great stride over the last few days. I've been spending time having him greet women specifically because he has some dominance issues we need to work through although getting him neutered ASAP will help to ensure this behavior subsides & isn't a continuing issue. He is now greeting people with a sit & being calm. He's figured out he doesn't get to say hi until he holds up his end of the deal :) He's a very sweet boy & super smart! We've refreshed his heel with an automatic sit, sit-stay, down at the side, down-stay, come with an auto-sit, & his place command. I don't think he knew what "no" meant, so he's definitely making great progress in understanding what that means. He hasn't had any more issues with marking in the house but I don't trust that this issue won't happen again in a new environment or back in his own environment until he's neutered. He's an intact male, acting like an intact male...... can ya blame him :) He is not stealing random items around the house now. I think that behavior stems from boredom & wanting attention...... he was getting attention, just in a negative way. Today we worked on him following his commands around distractions. He was told to stay on his place command with enticing items placed around him (treat container, vacuum running, chain, shoes, closed pocket knife, socks, paper, etc). He did great. Then I released him from his place command & he had to make the decision to continue ignoring the items. He sniffed them all & walked away. Great choice Kitt!! Now that he has expectations of him, rules, boundaries & a job he's falling into place wonderfully! I adore him & think he's going to make a fantastic pet for his family.
Lucy, Lucy, Lucy. Lucy had a productive day to say the least. She's really starting to come out of her shell & show her true colors & I'm able to correct the serious behavior problems that her family was concerned about. She's food & toy aggressive (or so I heard) but she hadn't showed that until today over the water bowl. She lost her mind on Diesel today & she had to be put in her place immediately. I'll set the same scenario up tomorrow & see if we made progress. I've taken her to the park since it's been so nice. I'm having people come up to her & pet her. She's super hestant but tolerates it because she has to. She's no longer barking at strangers or acting aggressively if people approach her in her crate. That's tremendous progress for her considering her first day......
We'll continue the park visits & meeting new people & kids. She's doing great with her off leash obedience. I'm working on that around the heavy distractions of playing with the other dogs & being called inside. She's doing pretty good. She hesitates but is learining quickly :)
P L A Y T I M E!
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Isn't he handsome!!