January is Train Your Dog Month. I’m a bit of a training nerd (I even have a dedicated “training room,” guess I will have to write on that sometime) so every month is train your dog month here but nothing wrong with putting specific goals to a routine thing, might be fun! Something Wagging This Way Comes has issued a training challenge for the month so I will take her up on that.
Or well, WE will take her up on that.
I guess we should call it Train Your DogS Month.
As Kringle is currently an honorary resident (and he has a lot to learn as it is!) he will naturally be a part of this as well. Heck, maybe I will even make Legolas learn something, he thinks he is a dog after all.
Kringle: While this fluff butt has a ton to learn, I think an important life skill that he is most lacking in right now is walking on a leash. When a lot of people say they want to teach their dog to walk well on a leash it means not pulling. Well with Kringle it means… walking… at all. Something that seems to be common among the Kees from this mill is that they shut down immediately on a leash. Don’t know how to follow people or move into leash pressure.
Jeni: I don’t even know how to pick one thing with Jeni, to be honest with you. We have so many goals and so many things to work on! For starters, on Sunday we are doing an agility fun run, the first time she has done any public agility since her last trial, which was a disaster. Right now we are working on a moving down and trying to translate that into a drop on recall. And we are attending our first “All Star Dogs Club” session on Monday. It’s a group of people that just love training their dogs and focuses on fun tricks and working toward a Trick Dog Championship and having a bond with your dog. I also want to enter Jeni in a rally trial at the end of February, so proofing our heeling with distractions is a big goal before that. Jeni and I both enjoying working on many things at once rather than drilling the same thing over and over and this sporadic busy training schedule seems to work well for us.
Snoopy: Most importantly, whatever my goal with Snoopy is has to involve staying inside. Poor guy can’t deal with the cold weather. Fun fact: Snoopy has won several trick contests. He knows a bunch of dumb tricks. He is a really great dog and so reliable but one thing Snoopy has never been great at is “stay.” He just stinks, and of course it’s my fault for not working much on it. But he’s always the bad egg when we’re trying to take group pictures. So, improve our “stay” it is!
Bauer: Bauer’s daily training work revolves around having excellent manners and public behavior. Which is good but can get a tad boring. So to mix it up I signed him up for a nosework class that starts on Monday. So that will be our big training project for the month. I am really looking forward to seeing what he thinks of it!