Tuesday, April 30, 2013

PET TRAINING

Trudy and I are trying dog training -- again.  We first went when she was 10 months old and we failed miserably.  She was so shy and afraid, she would hide under my chair and bark.  So, we tried socializing with doggie day camp.  Again, we failed.  She would hide in the corner with her head hanging.  The best it ever got was she would hide in the corner with her head held up. I have no grandiose idea of her ever collecting the newspaper.  But, I would like to see less barking, less jumping up on people as they come into the house, and not pulling like a galloping horse while on a leash.

Trudy will be four in June and what a difference a few years make.  This time she is engaged.  Interested in all the dogs that are there.  No barking, and no head hanging.  Wahoo!  This training is all about the "clicker" and "treats".  So I made this cute little fabric lanyard to hold the clicker so it will always be with me hands free during training.  

And, so far, so good.

As a side benefit,  Gracie is learning very quickly that when the clicker makes that noise a treat can't be too far away.  But, Gracie is 10 and much better behaved.

We have only had one session out of six.  I'll let you know how it goes.  In the meantime

Quilt happy,

Marilyn

5 comments:

Needled Mom said...

Good luck!!!

hetty said...

Hope all goes well!

Karen Mallory said...

That sounds like 1st session went well! Maybe Trudy is trainable! :)
hugs Karen

Diana said...

Wow she is going to do great, go Trudy you can do it. hugs

creativedawn said...

Awww, Trudy is happy to have Mommy all to herself. She will pass with flying colors. They are both so very cute!
hugz