Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Playing Blogger Catch-up :-)

This past week has been busy, busy, busy. I definitely have a full plate! Amy, the white Golden Retriever had her go home lesson on Monday. She was beside herself to see her Daddy. She did very well & he's going to keep up with & reinforce her training wonderfully. I'll have a follow up lesson in a few weeks to check up on their progress together!

Charlie hit his stubborn streak over the weekend but moved past that very quickly. He's doing excellent with the other dogs & not trying to always exert his dominance by humping faces or whatever part he can get a hold of ;o) Hannah is doing MUCH better. I have been doing little sessions of placing fun things (shoes, socks, kid toys, food wrappers, etc) around the house that temp her to take & chew on & so far she hasn't fallen for it. This might be a task better performed when she gets home but we'll see.Her potty training has been very good but I'm a bit a stickler when it comes to taking them out very regular & doing a strict feeding schedule. Hannah & Charlie are set to go home this weekend, so more to come later on!

Big-man-Kobi is doing awesome. He definitely has a stubborn streak so his momma & dad will need to that much more persistent than he is but he's going to be a great dog in the long run. He is very smart & very much a thinker. He too has been set up with the objects around the house and he has fallen for it, hahaha, so I've been able to address that. He is very responsive to "NO" so that will come in handy later on with his family. Digging was a bit of an issue for his momma but he has not exhibited that behavior here, so we'll address that once he's home. We had a BIG scare last night with Kobi & Jack playing. Kobi evidently lost a puppy tooth while he was playing with Jack & he came up to me & blood was all over his mouth & on his chin & feet! I freaked for a split second while I was checking the source of the blood. Once I realized it was just a tooth all was right in the world. We got him cleaned up & he was back in the game. He & Jack are the best of buds & it's been great using the other as a source of distraction while working :o) Kobi is set to go home Friday so more to come on Kobi!!

Jack is doing awesome, now. He gave me quite a time with his new game of coming to me about 8 feet away & then looking in the other direction & taking off. We've corrected that issue & he's set to go home Thursday! He is also going to be a great dog in the long run. He is by far the calmest Lab I've ever seen. He's very laid back & takes everything in stride. Now that he's minding his manners, not back talking, coming when called & staying put when told, he's awesome!! Jack updates later on!

Last but certainly not least.... Murphy is awesome. I think he's made the biggest change of all the trainees this go around. He is very well mannered & greets people calmly & without putting his mouth on them. He can go anywhere, around any distractions off leash & now his owners can feel confident he's going to mind all this commands. He is still has that goofy, wild-child side but it's controlled & he now knows there's a time for it and that time is outside with the other dogs. That definitely doesn't mean his momma doesn't have work to come with Mr. Murphy.... he's definitely one that would regress if he doesn't have that consistent reinforcement, on a daily basis of what's expected of him. Murphy goes home tomorrow as well so I'll have updates on Murphy's homecoming later on!

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