Have a bad case of the Mondays? The Positive Changes Dog Training fam just wants to give you a high-five and say, “You’re the BESTEST!”
It could have been a disaster.
I returned from a quick backyard training session with Winston to find Wyatt standing in our open doorway. He wagged his tail at me as I walked towards him, stunned to see the door open.
It seems the gale-force winds had blown our door open, even though I thought I’d closed it securely. Wyatt could have taken off down the street or gone to find me, but instead, he waited. I looked at the video footage and watched as he stood there for a full 3 ½ minutes, waiting for me to return!
I was pretty blown away by the choice he made when faced with that open door. But the fact is, Wyatt practices standing at our open door every single time we go outside, because I’ve taught him to pause and wait for my verbal ok.
If ever he should barge through before my signal, I calmly say, “No,” and lead him back inside. In this way, barging through doors is never rewarded.
Was it just training that caused Wyatt to make that choice? Probably not. He’s one of those dogs who really likes routines, and we also got lucky- I’m assuming there were no squirrels or passers-by to test him. In the future, I don’t intend to take my chances. I’ll be locking that door when I go outside, just to be safe.
Still, though, I’ll give Wyatt credit where credit is most certainly due! What he did really made me happy, and I’m proud of that boy. Also, what he did is a prime example of the power of being consistent, day in and day out. Simple but powerful!
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Nala & Bruno out on place waiting to be picked up. They are both part of our regular daycare crew. Our daycare program is highly structured with many activities for the dogs to do throughout the day—such as treadmill, place, sit stays, socials, etc... Daycare is used as a means to continue our client dogs’ training. Every dog has had some training with us whether it was a 1/1, board & train, puppy class or trick training. They are a part of the SK9 family for life.
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Craig, a one year old Rottie, was on the path to bratty land. He was pushing boundaries in the house (starting to snarl and show teeth when the owners attempted to take an object from him), was happily jumping on whoever was available, and was majorly reactive on the walk.
The walk was so bad that his female owner hadn’t walked him in 6 months, due to the last walk where Craig pulled her down to the ground, dragging and injuring her when going after a Great Dane.
Well, now we have a very different Craig, and a very different, and empowered owner. So much of Craig’s shenanigans where the typical boundary pushing of a young dog, seeing what he could and couldn’t get away with. Once we got the right tools and training on board, and passed all the info along to the owners, everything changed.
So much so that Craig actually became a TGD Los Angeles favorite, with one unnamed member of the team plotting ways to dog-nap him. 😜
We’re super happy for the family, and for Craig. He’s gonna have a much larger, more included, and overall fulfilling life. And that sounds pretty good to me. 🙂
P.S. If you’re struggling with the walk, there’s lots of answers out there. But please be careful of taking the rainbows and unicorns approach. As nice as it might sound to simply feed your reactive dog boatloads of chicken, the reality is, without the right tools, training, and mindset approach (leading, not following), you’ll likely struggle. A lot. Lots of free, and helpful training videos at www.thegooddog.net
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Guess who's back for a few day refresher?
It's always nice to have dogs back in who have undergone our Board and Train program, because it becomes so easy for them to slip back into that calm mindset.
For Cindi's owner, life got busy (as it does 🙋♀️)and she really just wanted the refresher for Cindi on her structured walk, higher distractions around the place command and her mindset around distractions outside.
It didn't take long this morning to get her focussed back in on the walk with my pack and she's already been on a bit of an offleash adventure.
The great thing about putting in the hard work training, is even if life gets busy and you slip out of routine - it really doesn't take long to pick it all back up again.
Cindi's owner had been keeping up with the crating and place where she could around work and no doubt tomorrow when she goes home, she'll be in a far better state of mind then when she left! 🙏
Just a few daycare snapshots.. because why not!?
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This is a very interesting video. I’m doing something I normally wouldn’t, in order to obtain a long term result.
But first, Dots. He spent 3 years in a shelter for an assortment of issues, with food guarding being the worst. After being adopted, his owner unknowingly allowed too much freedom, too much affection, and not enough structure, rules, and accountability. This caused Dots to expand his unwanted behavior repertoire.
He became highly protective of women (with his owner being the most intense), and aggressive towards men. As in seriously. He also became dog aggressive after being attacked at the dog park. (You guys have heard me talk about this one many times.) And when he showed up at TGD Los Angeles, his crate behavior was all teeth, lunging, and serious nastiness.
So Dots ended up with quite the laundry list. And his behavior towards me—and especially my feet—was quite intense and nasty. So we’ve been working the TGD program, addressing nasty behaviors with corrections while teaching and rewarding the behaviors we do want. For a good stretch I was the only one who would feed him (by hand) and work with him. It was quite the exercise in tension and tightrope walking in order to keep pushing for progress, but also to remain safe.
One of Dots biggest issues were feet, especially mine. If he was on Place or Down and I placed a foot on the edge of the mat or close by him, he would eyeball it, close his mouth tightly, and become 100% still. Loading up for a bite. Just walking around him while in command was nerve wracking and tension creating, but boy, those feet...
So what is the thing I’m doing that I normally wouldn’t? I would typically NOT use food with a dog who is this amped up over food during training. It patterns an amped up, expectant, anticipatory mindset, which isn’t what we’re looking for with guys like this. But, this is a long game. And so to create a more positive association with me, my motion around him, and my feet, I’m using food. You can see how jacked up he is over it. He can barely contain himself or hold commands. But the association that’s being established is rather significant. And the protocol...
Proximity Stay #MondayManners
🐾 We've said it before and we'll say it again! A perfect stay conquers duration, distance and DISTRACTION! What proximity stays offer that a typical down stay cannot is an ultimate level of distraction. Proximity stays are apart of our core curriculum at Pack Method Prep.