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Ky's Bootcamp

I was asked to document Ky's bootcamp in a thread so I decided I will. It's actually not in full force yet as I am not able to do much yet.

So far I've been doing a couple of things that Steve (behaviorist) suggested. When she's taking a nap or engrossed with a bone or something similar I wake her up and make her do something...sit, down, come. This is supposed to reinforce the fact that I make all the decisions around here. So far it's just getting me the stink eye but she does it

Also, when anyone comes to the door Ky has to remain seated (she hates this because she loves to answer the door) and the person is to shake my hand and ignore her for a few minutes. (heart breaking). For this exercise I've enlisted my neighbor (yes, that neighbor) but she's not very good at ignoring Ky because she shakes my hand then looks at Ky and says "poor baby" This from the woman that asked me to keep my dogs confined in the house. We laugh about that now.

Anyway, that's as far as we've gotten. Hopefully very soon I can get up and get to it. To be continued.
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Oh I'm so glad you are gonna share. Believe it or not, your posts are informative and helpful, while filled with humor!

Ky is an amazing girl, I feel sorry for her too, yet I know it really is out of love that we train our pets to behave, for their safety as well as others.
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Thanks for sharing. I know it will be informative as we join Ky and you on her bootcamp journey
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This AM after a good long hot shower my back actually felt better (yay) so I decided to wake Ky up early (gasp) and take her for a walk.
Part of our new rules is to make her walk at a proper heel at all times. She's great on loose leash so normally she gets to walk however she wants which means stopping to do a lot of sniffing, visiting ect.
Today I felt like an ogre making her heel. I didn't let her smell her favorite things or visit with anybody. She's such an old soul, she looked at me like "mom, I don't know why you're doing this but ok, let's do it {sigh}" Luckily I didn't want to push my back too far the first day out so we kept the walk short.
Her sad eyes were killing me

Funny, when I put Bentley in boot camp I didn't feel bad at all because I knew it was important for him to learn but Ky, she can break my heart with those beautiful brown eyes.

{I will stick with it, I will stick with it, I will.....}
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A little bit of though love, hum Joyce? Still is the love part you should focus on! And Ky knows you are doing this for all of you, her included.

Just spoile her after with a lot of cuddling and her favorite games
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Your stories are wonderful and have inspired me to do more work on walks, etc. with Tayla. We spend much more time heeling than we did and during the walks we spend much more obedience time. Keep the stories coming because I get great ideas from your experiences. Poooooorrrr Ky.

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POOR KY! She was just protecting her pack------ Posted by protective Mama Yorkie Cozy

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POOR KY! She was just protecting her pack------ Posted by protective Mama Yorkie Cozy
I understand protective Mama Yorkie Cozy, but you wouldn't be able to rip someones face off if you chose to, "poor" Ky could
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I understand protective Mama Yorkie Cozy, but you wouldn't be able to rip someones face off if you chose to, "poor" Ky could
Who cares about their face! If they can't walk! I only trust my family! ---- Cozy

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Don't listen to a word Cozy said! Great job with the Bootcamp!

I do what I like and like what I do. Yorkies- Cozy (4/1/06), Roxy & Zoey (2/11/08), Lucy (4/6/09); Golden- Buddy (4/13/09- Rescued 12/11) Maine Coon cats- Mika (1998) and Tallulah (2000)
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