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....
Wendy Maxi, my beautiful girl. Gotcha day 6/5/2014. Birthdate 9/16/2008. Her "new Daddy day" 2/7/2016.