Saturday, October 3, 2009

Training the rascal

We also refer to him as the little squirt. He's a handful, but he appears to be trainable - he's so far learned to sit, lie down, shake, drop it, leave it and come. Lie down, come and leave it are the hardest so we're working on those commands. And, at least, he does not seem interested in attacking the vacuum cleaner as many dogs do. He's somewhat stubborn. When coming home from a walk, he sometimes just sits and refuses to move. So, I've resorted to turning it into a training opportunity by leaving him there, walking away, then turning around and calling him. When he comes, which he invariably does, he gets a lot of praise and sometimes a treat. When it's just the two of us, he's getting pretty good at walking on a loose leash, but if Sadie and Troy are up ahead, it's pretty much a lost cause. He definitely just wants to catch up.

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