1) The score for the night stands at:
I tried to install my tie offs. I did! I gouged a chunk of concrete out of the wall, so the wall didn’t win. But I was trying to get a nail in…so I didn’t win either. If anyone knows a good way to pound nails into a concrete wall, I’m all ears!
(This is dog related. It happened at Companions. So there.)
2) I am tentatively very excited about this class! Three people, they asked more questions than anyone ever has at one of these first classes (no dogs, just talking about positive training philosophy, clicker training, what to bring, doing paperwork). Which was awesome. Except for the person who had been told by another trainer to not use a head collar
because it makes the dog feel embarassed, and to instead use a prong collar.
Look at those. Which would you rather wear? She questioned me when I recommended the head collar to another student who asked about it, then was visibly doubtful when I explained why I disagreed with the other trainer, and that I thought if used properly a head collar was a very powerful tool. Evidently her dog has failed out of obedience class once…so she has experience with another training style. Yaaay… Really, I don’t mind people questioning me, just after my lovely student I kind of don’t want to deal with someone super resistant to positive training again. Hopefully when she sees results she’ll buy in. But that aside, a group of interested, questioning people are awesome! And as long as she’ll meet me half-way, I’m used to working with people at varying degrees of positive training. I’m happy to not use a clicker, or adapt any other way, as long as it’s positive-based. My favorite student last class actually hated the clicker. I’m flexible!
3) I need help naming this trick:
Here it is from above:
When his hair is short, he looks up at you with his big eyes. It’s totally grown out right now, he’s due for a haircut!
One of my students calls this “chillaxing.” She tells her dog to chillax, and her dog drops her chin over one paw on the ground. It’s perfect for her dog! But it’s not quite right for mine. So…what does Toby’s position make you think of? The book I got the idea from calls it “Say sorry,” but that seems a bit negative. I’ve thought of something along the lines of, “Show me the puppy dog eyes,” but again, not quite right. Thoughts?