Rain stopped play. Seriously. ☔️
With only a few weeks to go, we're due to go to George's training class and it's been raining. Raining a lot.
We've been doing the lessons outside of class and George is doing very well. We've covered everything for his Kennel Club Bronze award, we are pretty much just re-enforcing what has been taught.
So, in principle, missing a week isn't going cause much of an issue but it feels a bit like one.
With only four weeks of the course left (one of which is not a teaching week) we hope that he has done enough to pass but we'll find out on test night.
So, we're not going tonight. Rain stopped play. We'll do some practice at home as we always do but you'd like to get him in the test arena to see how he's really doing.
Not long now. 😬
The worst one I’ve done yet. Sorry.
Robin you, now hand over the cash.
Teacher: “If I gave you 2 cats and another 2 cats and another 2, how many would you have?”Johnny: “Seven.”
Teacher: “No, listen carefully… If I gave you two cats, and another two cats and another two, how many would you have?”
Teacher: “Let me put it to you differently. If I gave you two apples, and another two apples and another two, how many would you have?”
Teacher: “Good. Now if I gave you two cats, and another two cats and another two, how many would you have?”
Teacher: “Johnny, where in the heck do you get seven from?!”
Johnny: “Because I’ve already got a freaking cat!”
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
I woke myself up by laughing this morning.
I must have slept funny.
Another week of improvement.
George is coming along very well and his training is moving on well. This weeks homework brought up some points I found quite interesting.
We had been tasked with getting George to lie down and wait for at least a minute. This has highlighted a) his poor attention span and b) how much of a puppy he still is 😊
We have almost got him used to waiting for the minute but the training showed me that the use of language is more complicated than I imagined.
I had been using George's name at the start of every string of commands in order to get his attention but it turns out this overuse of his name can be detrimental to his training and actually make him 'switch off'.
We now use his name at the start of a training session and end each session with the word 'Enough' re-enforced with a treat. It actually worked.
I was aware that tone, pitch and volume have a direct effect on the dog but I wouldn't have thought that you could overuse a word. Every day a school day.
He is now half way through his Bronze level training and doing well. His gate work is brilliant as well as his recall and you do wonder how far he can go.
So, making a salad 🥗 and the boy is sniffing about for scraps.
As ever, I put too much cheese on a salad so my wife has some feta left over.
Does George like feta?
Yes. He. Do.