WHEW!!!!! Last week was a true challenge as far as making sure Tiny had ample time to be walked, exercised, and socialized with the girls. Not only did we have the normal day-to-day stuff, but we also had my stepson’s graduation followed by the graduation party the next day. We also have a close relative in the hospital and have been making daily trips to visit. Thank goodness we started reintroducing the pack to each other over the long Memorial Day weekend. It definitely made things easier. Other than being off schedule, it’s been business as usual. We continue to work on Tiny’s high prey drive. (damn squirrels!) The next command to be learned is “Watch me” in order to get him to focus more. I think I’m having more problems with this one than he is. The idea is to have him “sit” and as soon as he makes eye contact with me, I mark it by saying “yes” and then give him a treat. The problem is that his expressions KILL me! J I end up cracking up laughing, then he thinks I’m playing and the whole training session goes completely downhill. This is why I’m not a professional trainer. Good thing we’re not on a deadline.
Dave and Tiny’s relationship is getting stronger though we’ve established that Dave just doesn’t have it in him to be a pack leader. He’s much too lenient with his commands. They sound more like a drawn out question. “Sit?, Sit?, Sit?” At this point, Tiny usually looks at Dave sideways then they wrestle like pups! Haha!
I thought walking Tiny this morning would be a nightmare because of our crazy few days. He’s been exercised every day but hasn’t been out of the yard since Friday. Again, he amazed me at well he’s doing. He now walks extremely well on the leash. When there are no distractions, he is directly beside my left leg with a loose leash. The Easy Walker harness has helped with this, but eventually I would like to wean him off of it. That’s down the line though…for now we’ll continue to work on his commands and his focus. By this time next year, I am hoping that Tiny will have aced his Canine Good Citizen test and we’ll be working on having him certified as service dog for PTSD.