Can I have your attention…?
After lasts weeks break in training, we are back at it.
George is still doing well but, like all but one of his class, there is still an underlying problem – focus.
It's not a real problem, not a problem outside of the class.
The class is an hour long and, after 30 – 40 minutes George's has gone. He's bored, had enough.
As I said, it's not just George as they all seem to have the same problem but it's frustrating.
It's like taking kids to something they find dull, it's only a matter of time.
George is, according to various experts, just coming into his teenage years now.
This comparison is made out through a short attention span, some grandstanding to other pups to establish his place and also with poor hygiene.
George is obsessed with fox pooh.
Every walk, afterwards, he needs a shower. You have control of him the whole walk, off the lead, and he's doing great until he finds it then I may as well not even be there as my recall is ignored in favour of poop.
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.
A short up date following a better week at the puppy class this week.
George was a lot more settled and engaged this week and really seemed to e interested in what we were doing.
His gate work was fine and his walking to heel is improving all the time.
He has the attention span of a teen but this can be grouchy sharply into focus with the application of sausage.
I know I am biased but you can tell who puts time and effort into their pets and all the hard work with George seems to be paying off.
Saying that, he did steal a sandwich off the table as soon as we got home so still work to do 🙄.
He nearly had me hand off…..
So, next up, personalised Dog bones.
He’d early this for getting 500 followers on Twitter.
Nearly had me hand off 😂.
A story of love, not hate.
Ever since books have been in print and images have been shown on screen there have been ‘Dog v Cat’ stories.
Natural enemies. Nature or Nurture?
Of the last three dogs we’ve had, none have been ‘taught’ that cats are the enemy and so, obviously, they do not see them as such.
Parents teach to their kids who pass it on and so it goes on, needlessly.
Cats, naturally being more safety conscious tend to shy away from dogs, especially if they’ve had a bad experience and this can set the dogs on edge. One feeds the other and so the problem persists.
But start them off on the right foot and make it a good, friendly experience and you get a different outcome.
Spread love, not hate.