|Emma practices loose leash walking in The Big R.|
I will continue to work on this lesson and fine tune it until she's bold and confident when she shuts the cabinet door. If you note, Max moved in and shut the door with the side of his head. He's comfortable with this task and wanted me to know he knew what I was asking. Once Emma shows that level of confidence in the lesson, instead of repeatedly asking me if putting her nose on the door and pushing it is what I want, I will take her to Home Depot and work the lesson again there. With time and practice she'll be able to close any cabinet door I ask without hesitation.
Emma has technically passed this level, but not to the fluency I desire. We will continue to work on this lesson until she's fluent.
Emma was confused at first, but soon started to get the idea. Since she doesn't have the concept of where I want her when she's walking with me, and having her choose to be in the right spot without a lead will help her better understand this concept, we'll continue with this type of training in the house and slowly build up to her doing it outside in the yard when the weather is finally nice enough.
Emma is about ready to progress to the next step on this lesson.
I have another dog evaluation tonight, but hope to get in more training sessions with her today than I have for the past couple of days. I would like to start working on Sit and Down again and build up both Duration and Distance with her. She's old enough and capable enough now for the harder lessons that she faltered out on a month ago and I believe it's time to build up a solid set of behaviors that will allow her to explore more locations for her public access training.
Tomorrow I'll take her to Home Depot for her lessons on Public Access and work on Sit, Down, Lazy Leash and Zen while in the store. Once her Lazy Leash has advanced I will begin to teach her how to make a smaller foot print in public while working by staying closer to me and pivoting with me when turning. Please note the video attached to Observations which shows Max working on the same concept today.
|Focus||Lazy Leash||Go To Mat||Crate||Distance|