I can't believe that I'm already seeing a difference since Bentley started boot camp!
I have a 'no kitchen' rule for the dogs. I say 'spot' and Ky goes to her spot at one door to the kitchen. I've been trying to get Bentley to go to a spot at the other door of the kitchen but he wasn't doing well so I would just close the baby gate and say when he's older he'll get it.
I've incorporated 'spot' training into our 10 min every hr sessions because I'm no longer going for the whole "he's too young" nonsense.
Tonight I started cooking dinner and I said SPOT. I almost fell over when Ky went to her spot and Bentley went to his!! And he stayed there until I released him!!
I'm really happy that I waited to get a puppy until after I retired because I'm able to spend a lot of time working with him. I do house cleaning in 50 minute intervals so we don't miss a training exercise.
Bentley's getting the hang of it too, it's almost like he can tell time. The past two hours just about when the 50 minutes were up he came over to me like he knew it was time. Sometimes dogs intelligence level is a little scary
I really think he enjoys the structure of all of it. He seems more calm, definitely more respectful. He has been leaving Ky alone when she has a toy instead of stealing from her. I think Ky knows too because she's been initiating play with Bentley far more often.
Boot camp...it's a good thing