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I've stopped using the word 'come' when he's out back because my DH over uses it. Instead I use 'cookie'. He comes running every time

I use "peanut butter," and give her a little bit on a popsicle stick when gets in the house. Ever since it snowed, it hasn't worked as well. Showing her the jar through the window gets her moving.

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ah yes, now I see what you mean about the snow. We have just a little this AM & Bentley decided to completely ignore me when I called him in just now.
I went out after him in the snow BAREFOOT. Momma's not happy right now
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ah yes, now I see what you mean about the snow. We have just a little this AM & Bentley decided to completely ignore me when I called him in just now.
I went out after him in the snow BAREFOOT. Momma's not happy right now
I can't catch Bella if I go out to get her. Did about a dozen recalls with the 50 ft lead this morning in the yard. In between, I let her sniff around and do what she wants. I tried as much as possible to keep it fun.


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I use "peanut butter," and give her a little bit on a popsicle stick when gets in the house. Ever since it snowed, it hasn't worked as well. Showing her the jar through the window gets her moving.
I learned from you! I held my hand out like I had a treat and he came running in...sucker LOL
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I think I'm officially ending boot camp today. A remarkable thing has happened. The last 2 days have been quite busy so our training sessions had to be cut back. BUT...I see a huge difference in Bentley. All of a sudden he does what I ask.
I no longer need to keep returning him to his 'spot'when I'm cooking, he goes to it and stays there. Last night I gave them both a marrow bone and he never even tried to get Ky's.

I think boot camp was very useful and it really convinced him that he doesn't get to make the decisions around here but I think it has served it's purpose. Of course I can always blow my bugle and start it again if the need arises but for now we have peace.

I never wanted Bentley to act like "the perfect puppy", he's not a circus performer, he's our pet but I do insist that he's well behaved and well mannered.
I will continue training for a couple of short sessions a day because it's something that we both enjoy and he really loves to learn new things but he has graduated from boot camp as of today

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Good job Joyce and Bentley. Merry Christmas to you all. I love hearing about Both Bentley and Ky.


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Thank you and Merry Christmas to you and your family!
It was a blast watching the dogs open gifts this AM and Santa brought me a new camera...more pictures coming
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Bentley sounds as if he is doing well in his Boot Camp! I've only followed to page six, so hopefully nothing untoward in next two pages. Loki's dad was a ver big guy & barking a lot, but in an outdoor cage when I saw the puppies. Loki is a big guy ....must be coming up to 60 lbs at a week over five months old ....he seems to have added weight since we have not been able to go on walks due to his throat Hotspot & not being able to wear collar or harness. Went for an off-leash walk in the park Christmas Eve & a short walk with collar on last night at 11pm when it was a bit cooler. Taking him to a forest today. He is really uncomfortable in our sweltering heat ....sponging him down every half an hour & have fan on. This morning, for the first time, I put my plate of buttered toast on the table in front of him & said Leave It & he stared fixedly at it. Unbelievably, he left it. I rewarded him with a couple of bits of toast, which he loves. So nice to see training actually working in practical situations.
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I agree, it's a wonderful payday when you see training at work! Today I cooked a prime rib roast, before cooking I cut off 2 bones for the dogs. Ky doesn't care for raw bones but I wanted to offer her one anyway.
Bentley ate his in no time flat, Ky put hers on her bed (and of course tried to bury it) she went outside and I watched Bentley circle the living room trying not to look at Ky's bone. I got up and went in the kitchen where he couldn't see me but I could see him. It was like watching an angel on one shoulder and devil on the other, he was struggling with his decision. In the end he went to his bed and sat there, he was drooling like a faucet but he didn't touch her bone.
All that training was worth it today!
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Yay! Bentley has graduated from Boot Camp, & the angel won over the devil. Yes, it's wonderful to see training working in everyday situations .....now why couldn't our trainer been around to see Loki's little victory. He becomes so unfocused at class, it's hard to even get him to respond to even the most basic commands. He was getting better, but now we have to go through weeks of no classes. Trainer gave us the CGC Foundation book to work through .....13 separate lessons to be tested on. Loki would do really well through the first three, & might do ok through the next two, but we have a lot to practice on!
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