Learning Pathways

Yesterday’s Pepper picture! (Yes, I take a lot of pictures)

Pepper is doing super!

Knows her name, Sit, Sometimes Stay (hey, she tries), Come, Down, Crawl, Shake, and is doing better with Drop/Leave. She now plays Frisbee and ball outside and has learned Drop/Leave. She will play with anything including stealing the shovel a few days ago.

She is very good to heal, but she sometimes pulls a little on the way home. She has now taken 4 walks on heal with no leash on property.

She also now crates on command but is not happy about it. Still she is quiet and does well. (I am awake most of the time, so she is with me a lot)

Dig it!

Digging is fun! Pepper loves to dig in the sand and enjoys it all.

If you have a dog that likes to dig remember to pay attention. They can eat everything they find and really make a mess in a hurry. On the other hand, pepper likes to dig and then fall asleep in the cool holes she has dug, air conditioning 101!

Having a ball…

I have been lucky.

Lots of people talk about how their dog does not fetch or play with them.

Out of 9 Shepherds, 42 American Eskimos, 316 (I think) Poodles, 1 Collie Shepherd, 22 MOATs (Mutts of assorted sizes) and 1 Scottie only a few did not like to fetch. Mostly the Scottie. To be fair most of the animals I have had were puppies that I later homed, but if we just concentrate on the 15 or so home animals all but the Scottie loved to play fetch. That in itself is lucky. (The Scottie (My daughters “gifted” to me) loved to play, but tore everything up before we could play with it)

Fetch is a tough game to start at first. Dogs like to keep stuff, hide stuff, bury stuff, and generally not share by nature. You have to build trust and as you do realize that there will be some hiccups. Some will be big, some small.

Start by rolling a ball and sitting on the floor. Hopefully the puppy will come back close. Take the ball and use “Drop or Leave It” if you can, then throw again. Little distances. Working your way up to some thing big. As you do you will see that the puppy wants to interact. As you work increase distances and use other items from time to time.

As always, the key is consistency. Be consistent to win all the time. Remember, repetition makes perfection. Guide yourself all the way there.