Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Yes, I'm sitting
I haven't said much since we started Doggie school, how Tucker is doing. Well....he has been doing very well....while treats are involved.
When we practice at home (our homework), he does great. He even is doing the down pretty good. That has been a hard one for him. I kind of blame the teacher for this and here is why. She wanted us to put them in a down and once they were down to give them a treat and then get them to pop up into a sit and doing a down again...and again...and again. The poochies were popping up and down like Jack in the Boxes. Here's the problem. Tucker will go down and then want to pop up every time. I'm having to bend over with a treat in front of him and telling him "down", "stay" which is great but I think she should not have had us rush to get them up after the down. Did that make sense?
Okay. Sometimes he does a partial down and looks at me like "yeah, I'm down, no really, I'm down".
I tell him "down" and we try again. There is a lot of practice to do when training a poochie.
Today I had both poochies out on the Iron Horse Trail which has a walkers, dogs and bikes on it but I had no treats. During the week it isn't that busy but because today is so gosh darn pretty and pleasant, there were quite a few folks out sauntering along. No treats! Getting Tucker to heel was much saying "heel" then "good dog" repeat..repeat ...repeat. I wondered if I should have just hooked him to his collar rather than the training collar (choke chain..I hate saying that) because he kept wanting to keep up with Stewie who...doesn't have heeling skills. I know, I know...I didn't take Stewie to school and I didn't practice with him...I know. Oh and Stewie has to mark, sniff, mark, sniff constantly (late neutering is what we figure via the fact he was a rescue pooch).
Back to the walk....whenever I would stop Tucker wouldn't sit. Okay..that was weird. He ALWAYS sits when we practice. What gives? No treats = no sits? Come on Tucker.
I would say "Tucker sit" (because he was ignoring me).
He would look up at me like "what did you say? "dum-di-dum...so many good smells and I don't think I heard you....".
Then I would have to tell him "sit" and push his hinny down like ages and ages ago. Then I would praise him.
All in all as for a practice on this walk it didn't go so well. However he did do good "leave it" when people, bikes and even other dogs went by.
Maybe because it was so gosh darn pretty outside he wanted to play hooky from homework...make sure to have treats in the pocket in the future (note to myself).