Friday, November 9, 2012
Hops heard the vacuum for the first time today. He had no problem when it was 20 feet away and I fed him the entire time it was on at that distance. When it moved closer however it did spook him. I picked him up and he settled and quietly watched Jeremiah vacuum. We will have to work on this.
Hops did not go to work with me but stayed home with Jeremiah who gave him a good report. He says they played a little fetch and did some pushups and it’s your choice and that Hops was a good puppy. He even whined at the door when he had to go potty!
For dinner, Hops started with more pushups.He is offering to down from a sit on a verbal cue most of the time now, even in different places around the house and when not in a training session. Another advancement is he has offered the sit from the down several times now. We then did some hand targeting. He had no problem getting up and moving toward my hand so I tried something else. I put my hand close to him and when he touched I treated, then kept my hand near his nose. As soon as he was done eating he touched again and did that about ten times in a row! Then I tried raising criteria by waiting for a second touch before treating and he readily offered another touch, often more insistent than the first which is just what I want. Good puppy! We then did some it’s your choice. I am still working on moving my open hand away from him, closing it if he gets up and releasing or rewarding if he stays. He makes some mistakes but get’s it right most of the time and he stays in the game when he does make a mistake, very important. We ended the session with some ready go games. I held his collar, put some cookies on the ground in front of him, gently pulled back and said ready, go! On the go I let go of his collar so he could go get the cookies. He seemed to enjoy the game. The game is good prep agility training, being able to get more drive to go forward by holding him back and creates a positive association with collar grabs.