Training Day 5-9
I'm sorry it has taken me so long to update my blog. While in Ohio I was coming back to the hotel completely exhausted! I never got around to posting any updates and keep promising everyone that I would. I regret not doing it and now am unable to remember all of the details. I am writing this as if I was still in Ohio. Enjoy.
|Jeremy the head trainer at 4 Paws is watching me work with Zeppelin.|
Basic commands are practiced daily. The reason for this was to build my confidence with Zeppelin and for him to know that I am in charge. Some typical basic commands are, sit, down, come, heel and free. Zeppelin was not taught to "Stay", 4 Paws does not use that as a command, the dog is trained in an inherent or implied stay. When given one of the above commands Zeppelin has been taught to maintain the position until given another command or the "Free" command which means he can do what he wants.
|Hard at work |
Photo by James Waid
|Being a good boy and listening|
|"Hey what is that dog over there playing with"!|
As a mentioned above Zeppelin has been trained in behavior disruption. The commands he uses are Lap, Over, and Nuzzle. During a lap he puts is paws or head on Eddie's lap to help calm Eddie down.
|Zeppelin in a "Lap" command|
In an over command Zeppelin places his entire body on top of Eddie. I know what you are probably thinking, "Isn't having 50 lbs on dog sitting on you to much"? Believe it or not its not. Children like Eddie often crave the deep pressure to help calm or distract from unwanted behaviors. In Eddie's case he moves his arms and legs around a lot, Zeppelin can nuzzle him so Eddie will take is focus away from moving and onto Zeppelin.
|Zeppelin in an "Over" command and the "Were is my treat for doing this" look in his eyes.|
The "over" command soon helps calm Eddie down. Another good use for this is when Eddie goes to sleep at night. Every night before bed I have to hold Eddie in my lap and hugs him until he falls asleep. Zeppelin will be able to take over and use his weight to put Eddie to sleep. I'm not sure how long its going to take me to give up that position. I love holding my lil' man at night before he goes to sleep.
|Waiting our turn at the mall|
This is what a mall outing looks like. FUN!
Not to many people at the mall stopped to look at the dogs or ask questions. I think its probably because they are so use to seeing them around. 4 Paws holds classes at least once a month. So seeing a group of 8-10 dogs at the mall at once is routine for most. Wonder what it will be like when we get home?
Training Day 10
|Zeppelin and his brother Remi (a.k.a Bo Diddley)|