Nov, 14 2019
It’s been quite a busy week so far. Monday was a cold and wet day so I stayed inside with the Doodle Bug Puppies. While working to teach them to walk on a leash, I tripped over a rug and fell. So I was very sore but oh what sweet babies. They are 6 weeks old now and have taken well to sitting with a lure and even offering a Sit from time to time. They do a Down really well and are starting to respond to Come even without playing the name game.
Tuesday I took it easy because I was so sore but Wednesday saw us working a full day. The first pup of the day was a little Frenchie named Rogan, we were working on public access skills and learning to ignore things such as food dropping to the floor and Ms. Kona.
There were some other ladies sitting at a table near us who he just knew if he could get over to them, they would give him lots of loving. He did amazing though as he always does, and within a few times of practicing each behavior had it down. It will take several more weeks, or months of practice before he is reliable at the behaviors but he is well on his way. Sadly I didn’t get any pictures of Rogan working.
Later Kona went on to work on learning to relax while out in public. I have been letting her greet strangers to get ready for the CGC test to help her learn to sit to greet them.
When I test my Service Dog client dogs for this, I practice the behavior with them and make sure they are able to sit for me… AKA The magic treat lady. When they learn to ignore me with the magic treat pouch, they can ignore anyone!!!
Well with my own dog, I am not able to do that. So we have done a few Therapy visits and then allowing her to greet kids because she so gentle and then we tell the kids what Service Dos do and that we should never distract them because of how important their jobs are.
Lately, though she has decided that if someone is looking at her but does not move to pet her then she thinks it is acceptable to woof at them. So we are no longer going to be greeting anyone and going to make sure that she understands that I am the only person she needs to be focused on.
We had a session with Ashlynn and her SD Lilly. After doing several weeks of work with Lilly on just ignoring people and other dogs we have moved on to working on her Tricks titles where are going to be a walk in the park for her because she does so much for Ashlyn already. As we were talking about something, I dropped my phone and Lilly calmly retrieved it for me from under Ashlynn’s chair. She is such an amazing dog. She helps Ashlynn with so many different things and it is so wonderful to see them work together.
After working with Lilly we did some more work on our own walking around the mall we went down to the Gear Head store to see if they had any dog boots in stock but they did not sadly. Then we did
more walking around and worked on ignoring people. Worked with walking beside a cart that I really wished I had been able to get a video of and finally as I sat down for yet another lovely dose of coffee, she got very comfy under my chair and passed out.
She is still very young and I like to give her time to nap or for us to go sit outside and her just relax in the sun, but with it being so cold we just took it easy on her. She came home played like a crazy child with Yadi and then laid down and went back to sleep again.
While she was at home resting, I worked with one of my dogs that hopes to be a therapy dog. She is a little nervous but we are working on it.
Today I went back out to work with the puppies I didn’t get any pictures of them today but I did get some videos I will post them soon. I also worked with a couple of my Veteran Service dogs and a Therapy dog. I will write up more about them tomorrow, so come back to hear about another day’s adventures.