Puppy Goes Zoom

Dogs, cats, randomness–my adventures in pet ownership and fostering

Manners are Awesome

on July 4, 2012

Since my last two posts were about Reba’s ability to create chaos, I didn’t want to give the impression that she’s all chaos all the time.  She’s developing good manners and impulse control as we continue training her.

Because she has so much energy, playing fetch and catch with her seems to be a really good thing. Not only does she get to run off some of the crazy, but having to do a trick or two before I throw the ball is good impulse control practice.  Now when you have a toy she wants, she will often throw a “sit.” The flirt pole works even better for this.

Right now, she can sit, stand, and lie down on cue. We’re working on expanding her “stay.” Right now she’s good for 30-40 seconds and probably 20 feet. She can also roll over and offer a paw. I’m working on refining that so that she offers a specific paw with the cues “left” or “right.”  I’m not certain she’s got the cue words down, but she has figured out that she’s supposed to offer the paw closest to the hand I put out.  This is useful for nail trimming, and besides, it’s cute.

Another cue I’ve been using is “Kisses” where I offer my cheek for a quick face-lick. Since she’s all about licking faces, I’m hoping that putting it on a cue and giving her the opportunity to do it sometimes (usually when she’s sitting and calm) will make it easier for her to *not* lick faces the rest of the time.

She’s not 100% on not jumping on people yet.  She usually doesn’t jump when people come to the door, but if you pet her a bunch and rile her up, she can wait about a minute before she can’t take it any more and she jumps up and licks your face.  She also tries to crawl into your lap when you’re sitting on the couch, even if there’s already a laptop there.

But overall, she’s doing really well.  She’s smart, and she picks things up quickly.

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2 responses to “Manners are Awesome

  1. snoopys@snoopysdogblog says:

    Hi Guys,

    Wow – it sounds like Reba is doing awesome with her training – the not jumping up is SO hard, I struggle with that one! 🙂

    Wags to all,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

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