Hops did a wonderful job at work again today. I had everyone run around the yard before we left and I arrived early so we could do recalls before classes started. He did great, coming every time I called. He had no problem with with the crates being moved around and was excited to greet his adolescent friends in the first class. They were a little scary last week but were good buddies this week! Hops did a great job sleeping or chewing on toys in his crate during classes. Wen he was awake I would give him a treat for being quite when I walked by. He pottied right away every time I took him out (big improvement!) and walked well on leash. He did a short “transport” demo for my last class including heeling, luring and hand targeting. He has quite the focus! There was a plank on two stools out and he got right up on it with all four feet and walked the plank without a problem!
Before the big boys and I left for agility class (Hops stayed home with Jeremiah) I did a handling lesson with Hops. I had him in my lap and held a paw, gave treat, held an ear, gave treat, looked at teeth, gave treat, showed his "bite", you guessed it, gave a treat! I increased criteria this time by adding duration, holding, not just touching. He did great, just fussed once, the second time I held his muzzle. The third time he held still and looked up at me, seeming to say, fine, I am holding still, where is my cookie?
|Hops had another training session to earn his dinner. I started with 15 reps of stand, down, stand, then worked on sit, down, sit. After using a hand signal the first time, he started offering the down from the sit regularly, no hand signal needed. Good puppy! We then worked on it’s your choice and hand targeting, going back and forth between the two so he knows the difference. He has no problem differentiating. When he sees a flat palm perpendicular to the ground he touches when I say touch and when the open palm is parallel to the ground it is the it’s your choice game. Today I raised criteria by moving my open hand away from him. He broke the sit a few times but as soon as I closed my hand around the treat he popped right back into the sit. Smart puppy!|
It seems Dillon is liking Hops more every day! He is really playing with him now! Good boy!