For Christmas I created a Get Pet email address for each of my nephews: Blake (10), Dylan (8) and Caden (4). To tell them about it, Gatsby and Dr. Seuss insisted on creating an instructional video. Due to popular demand (from my mother), I'm sharing the video for all of you to enjoy. I hope it makes you laugh or at least puts a smile on your face :-)
This blog is dedicated to all my clients who have endured a very loud barking dog in a crate and argued with me that it's impossible to overcome. Rolfe is not super happy about being in his crate and works very hard to let me know that he's there whenever I return home.
As I've told my clients, consistent practice of stay will build confidence/independence and ultimately resolve other behavioral issues. In time and with consistent training, Rolfe will also learn to curb his noisy calls for attention as he gains confidence, and I want my clients who think I don't understand because Gatsby is "perfect" to know that I am right there with you now. Rolfe, like any dog introduced to a new environment, will certainly test my patience, but it's my job to provide him with clear and consistent messages. He is super smart and he's got Gatsby to help teach him so he'll be great if I don't mess up :-)
Our training began with "Stay" because I truly believe that a dog's ability to master "stay" and "watch me" are the keys to a strong training foundation. Rolfe successfully stayed in his crate for a total of 5 minutes today with only a few reminders, and we will work up to 30+ minutes over the next few weeks.
He did very well overall for his first day. I was actually able to move away, sit down at my desk and take my attention off of him for part of the time. He did "sneak" out at one point, but he quickly returned to the crate when asked. After the pre-determined 5-minute duration, I released them both by simply saying "ok, come".
In the short clip below, notice how Gatsby's attention is nearly 100% fixed the entire time with only a brief glance at Rolfe to check in on how he's doing. Also, please ignore my lovely outfit of medical scrub pants and a t-shirt...it was a long day :-)
Hugo decided to join Gatsby, Meshach Rolfe and me for the afternoon, and there's nothing quite like seeing four large dogs completely passed out after an hour at the park. Whoever said that large dogs are not suited for apartment living clearly never exercised his or her dogs...all the large breeds I know LOVE to nap.
Two separate pictures because Rolfe chose to snuggle up under my desk at my feet while I did some work while the "grown ups" took all the beds.
So, this post has nothing to do with dog training, but it does have pictures of many of my dog walking clients so I thought I'd share it in the blog.
i recently received a letter in the mail from my 8-year-old nephew, Dylan, who lives in Pennsylvania. Enclosed in the envelope with the letter was a paper doll named Flat Stanley who came to visit me and learn more about Chicago.
I figured that while I had an extra "hand" from Flat Stanley, I should put him to work. Here is a picture show of some of what we did and how he helped me take care of some of Get Pet's clients :-)
To read the letter I received with Flat Stanley, Click "Read More".