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.
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. 😬
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.
Lions don’t usually live in the jungle.
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 🙄.