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I'm picking Renny up this morning and having my first training session! Will let you know how it goes, later this weekend!
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Thumbs up Renny did GREAT at doggie bootcamp (a bit long)!

Yep, I got to my trainer's place this morning. She spent the first few mins demonstrating what he had learned over the past 10 days. Here are the basics for class #1 which I'm to practice daily. Any unwanted behaviour results in a quick pop-and-release of the leash and a firm "No". There will be 3 more classes upcoming:

1. Heel - I'm walking Renny on my right side, and for now, using the prong collar (in one of the next classes she'll have me do all this with a regular collar). So I say "Heel" as we start walking combined with a hand signal. As I walk, I can change directions, to the right, to the left, figure-eights, and he's to follow me, always at a heel. This is to be practiced on-leash inside and outside the house. He's doing pretty well at this!

2. Heel with auto-sit. Same as above, except whenever I stop he automatically sits.

3. Sit-position holding - this is basically a sit-stay.

She actually doesn't train the stay. He's to hold whatever position he's in until I say "Heel" (to walk) or release him (saying "OK" with open arms - sort of like an "at ease" instruction).

3. "Down" combined with a hand signal - This means to simply lay down.

4. Down-position holding - basically a lay-down-stay until released. Renny can hold this position for 5-10 mins. Can be practiced inside and outside. I was able to drop leash the and walk around, and he stayed put! Pretty cool!

As I was sitting and talking with Amy, Renny was in a down-stay, being VERY good. Twice he got up and walked toward me, so I got up and brought him back to his place and into a down-position holding again.

5. The final instruction was "Go to place". I need to practice this in particular since I'm in the habit of saying "go lay down".

As far as barking and carrying on in the backyard, etc. I'm to take him out in the backyard always on his 30-foot leash so I can have control. As soon as he races towards the fence to bark at something, I correct him with a quick snap-release of the leash. I'll really have to practice this since I'll be dealing with such long leash. I took him out to the backyard when we got home, except NOT on leash. So, of course he raced to the back fence and started barking as soon as he saw another dog with its owner. MY BAD!

As far as his excitability when walking and seeing other dogs, I'm to just keep walking, that's all there is to it. Plus, of course coaxing him on with "Heel" and the hand motion. We took a walk an hour ago, and did see another owner walking her dog. Renny did fine as we kept on walking. Although, I could tell I was anxious, so I need to work on staying relaxed, but attentive.

Amy did train him on Recall, but won't be teaching that to me until another lesson.

So, for now, that's pretty much it. To be continued....
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It sounds like you got a lot taken care of and you're pleased with the results. What's Renny's take on all this?

And thanks for taking the time to post everything...I think it's beneficial for people to see how different trainers approach these basic area's of concern.

I'll stay tuned.

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Sounds like Renny did great. It must be a relief to have him home. I'll be staying tuned for your posts about the training techniques
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It sounds like you got a lot taken care of and you're pleased with the results. What's Renny's take on all this?

And thanks for taking the time to post everything...I think it's beneficial for people to see how different trainers approach these basic area's of concern.

I'll stay tuned.

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Hmmm, Renny's take on all this. Well, I think he's enjoying himself. It's cool how he keeps looking at me. I can tell he's waiting for his next cue, so to speak

I couldn't help smiling during the training session as Renny was in his down-stay. He just looked so cute with his signature front-paws-crossed. I mentioned to Amy that he's being so good. And she agreed saying he's a very sweet dog. I sure felt like a proud mama!


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Sounds like Renny did great. It must be a relief to have him home. I'll be staying tuned for your posts about the training techniques
It's SUCH a relief to have him home. I really missed him!

He's pretty tired now. Just lounging around. The intense training definitely tires a dog out! Lots of thinking & decision making. I asked Amy about leaving him for 9 hours while I'm at work. She said for his age, it's totally fine, especially since I'm walking him at least a mile in the morning and when I get home. This all in addition to 2 days at doggie day care.
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Only saw now that you have Renny back! That is great.

Really good to hear that he is doing great and both of you are motivated to continue with the homework!

Keep up the good work and keep us updated
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Talking We're having so much fun learning!

I had my 2nd class with my trainer last Saturday. MUCH harder than the first. Both Renny and I were mentally wooped when the hour was up.

I won't go into the specifics of each command, although one of them is a precursor to the recall command: Saying "Come" with my hand to my stomach when he's sitting at the end of the leash. He's to come straight towards me and sit right in front of me.

So I was practicing all the commands yesterday evening, and he was actually getting it!!! Man, was I excited and happy! And so was he! He was so focussed. And most importantly, I was noticing that I was also more focussed when giving the command instead of worrying about whether or not he'd do it!

When we were done with our practice session, and I said "OK!" with my arms open wide, and he was off the leash, he was literally prancing around so happy!

I get it now when people say that training with your dog helps you to bond. Totally true!
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That's so cool. Congratulations Wendy. Good work Renny!!!
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Another update

Had training class #3 last Wednesday, 1/30. Good lawd, it was hard! We spent 45 mins on one command. Renny just would not do it, even though he had already been taught the command during the 10-day bootcamp. Amy had to finally step in and tweak the command a bit to get us out of the "loop".

Anyway, since then, we've been practicing at home, and Renny is now getting each and every command we've (I've) learned since the start of the classes!

The issue I'm seeing, however, is that he's now anticipating commands, and starting to do them before I give them! I swear, this dog is just too smart! Sooo, I've had to vary the duration of the previous command to prevent him from anticipating. So far, it appears to be working, because he's realizing he has to remain focussed on me....which is good, of course.

Going for the 4th and final class on 2/16 where we'll work on recall around other dogs. More than likely I'll be going back to her for additional lessons which are priced individually, but I'll play that by ear for now.
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