|Emma knew this lesson in class and showed off her|
rad shaping skills!
Since I knew we had class that night I planned on working on some of the basics of what we'd be working on in class, which aligns nicely with what we are working on in The Levels also. Target and Go To Mat were on the list and I figured it was time to really ramp up the puppy and get her excited about training again.
I had extended how long each session was and suspect that extension was part of her falling out of the game earlier. She felt a bit stressed by the training and was burning out a bit from it. I shortened our sessions to no more than one minute at a time and would work Max for two or three minutes before I returned to working with her. This seemed to improve Emma's overall attitude toward training.
Midway through our morning training my son Wayne came by to visit. We chatted for a bit, cooked up some food and had a good visit. Emma was excited to see him and had to be reminded to not jump on him. Once she calmed she went off to play with a toy while we had our visit.
At the end of the visit Emma was laying in the office chewing on a toy when Wayne opened the front door and stood, just past the threshold on my porch with the door open. Curious Emma came out of the office and peered around the door; a perfect door dash moment. Instead of dashing past him, which she had plenty of opportunity to do, she instead moved to where I normally have her wait when I go to let her out and sat and watched him while he talked to me. What a huge difference from the Black Bullet who before couldn't help but shoot out the door the moment she saw an opportunity!
When Walter came later in the day I could see Emma fighting with every nerve in her body to not jump on him and throw her butt to the floor so she could be greeted by him. It's a sign she's gaining more and more self control! Between not shooting out the door and fighting to keep her feet on the floor, Emma is learning to control herself. I am so happy to see this little dog applying her lessons!
Go To Mat
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