|She is just before Max so that one side of her is not blocked.|
This is something she does normally and I will need to work with
her to show her she can be between Max and the chair and do
a Sit without concern.
She was still unwilling, to the point of not taking food, for a little bit and then seemed to break through and started to offer Sits and Shakes. We slowly worked to downs by the front door and got into a good rhythm of Puppy Push Ups for her breakfast.
I realized that when asking her for a down she's between a wall and Max when it's time to go outside. Once again, being blocked on both sides seems to really bother her, so when I was finally able to stand and work on Down with her, I moved the chair I had used to start the routine and set it where Max normally laid beside her when I was about to let everyone out.
She was able to relax and do her downs, but I think I'll spend the rest of the week working on her breakfast in that spot and turn Down by the front door into a fun game.
We have a busy day planned. She has her field trip to Pet Smart, an early arrival at the Diamonds in the Ruff for a SD evaluation I will be doing and then class after that. With such a busy day ahead of us, I plan to get a bit of computer work done early so I can focus on Emma's training.
Happy Wednesday everyone!
Emma did fantastic today. She was excited to enter Pet Smart and was friendly and appropriate with all the dogs she met. She did extremely well with loose lead walking today. As you can see in the video she provided 99% loose lead walking and performed all of her Level 1 behaviors. Her ability to control herself is increasing and she's gaining confidence daily. I was extremely happy with her outing today. The above video is the unedited filming of her time in Pet Smart.
Later we went to Diamonds in the Ruff for a make up class. This new class had older dogs and Max attended with Walter and I. I had expected to meet a client the hour prior to the class, but the client didn't arrive. Emma and Max spent the time in the building both playing and relaxing. Just prior to class I worked again on Loose Leash walking with Emma in the classroom.
This class was different than I expected. Two of the dogs were dog reactive (on the other side of the room from us) and one was very frightened and worried. Emma was totally fascinated by the dog next to us and would stand and stare at him. I spent a lot of time re-directing her to me to break her stare.
Max spent about half the class across the room from us, but finally hit his limit of being away from me that long and so Walter brought him to me and he spent the rest of the class beside me. Emma practiced some new tricks tonight while Max watched. She practiced Back Up, Rollover, Spin and Twist and Crawl. She did well with all of them.
The class ended with her going over agility equipment. She happily walked the board, went through the tunnels and hoops and weaved through the cones. She was bold and comfortable throughout the class. When two of the dogs got too close and a spat broke out she remained calm beside Max and ignored them.
Overall, her behavior in class was outstanding.
She needs exposure to people wearing hats, funny clothes and glasses or head covers. She barks when she's concerned about something and her barking at Dana when he came in with a hat on tells me she's not seen enough of this to be okay with it.
Tomorrow we'll continue working on Down and Lazy Leash so she can progress to taking short field trips into new locations.