Maui takes Dog Training to the City

May 18, 2010 at 1:17 pm 2 comments

Maui’s update: He is doing great! I have taken him many places to work on his listening skills and ability to walk on a loose leash despite distractions.

When is the Light Going to Change

When is the Light Going to Change

I must admit when he first started seeing other dogs or a squirrel he got very excited and would try to lung towards them. He went from excitement to frustration. He became frustrated, because he couldn’t go where he wanted to go. This is when he would again try to jump up and grab the leash. Remember “Lets Go” means GO. So I just kept working him around the distractions.

I'm So Good!

I'm So Good!

He is now doing great.I took him to the training center while a class was running and he completely ignored the other dogs. Did sit and down stays while the class was walking around him. I have taken him to the city several times and he walks around like he has been doing this for years. On Saturday Karen Biddinger, a wonderful trainer that works with Alternative Canine Training took him to a dog event called Mutt Strutt Pet Expo.

The rest is her commentary of how he did:

Maui and I had a blast at the Mutt Strutt Pet Expo in Dearborn Saturday afternoon.  He’s a great dog and everyone kept coming up and complimenting us on how well behaved he was and on how beautiful he was. He was such a good boy and was so friendly with all the people and dogs. Maui made such an impression that he had his picture taken by the crew from the company  ‘Blue’ (makers of premium dog food) They put a ‘Blue’ bandana on him for the picture which made him look extremely handsome.  The pictures will eventually be displayed on Blue’s website.   So keep watching Blue’s website site for his picture!

Maui also had fun running the agility course set up for beginners.  He loved it!  Went through the tunnels like a champ and jumped through the hoops like he was an old pro.  He had so much fun and I truly enjoyed having him with me.  I fell in love with him.  He had a great day and was exhausted by the time we got home

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Working with a jumping dog and nipping dog named Maui Stopping a Dog from Jumping the Fence.

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  • 1. Arlene and Danny  |  May 21, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    Hi Bonny. Can’t believe that this is the same dog that we sent to your bootcamp. Maui is so different since he came home. He’s not into trouble every second. He relaxes and plays with his toys. Only nipped me once, and once corrected he stopped. Our walks are so much more enjoyable. He’s learning to ignore distractions. He has not been put in “time out” in his cage since he has been home. He’s so good. We took him to the dog park yesterday, and he loved it. Played hard with the other dogs, and of course layed in the mud to cool off. So today it was off to the groomer. We’re working on “place” down and stay. Trying to make him stay a little longer each time. When we say “ignore”, he seems to understand. We started to remove some of the barriers in the great room. So far he hasn’t gotten into any trouble. See you on Thursday for our next lesson.

  • 2. Arlene and Danny  |  June 5, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Hi Bonny. Since Maui’s been home from your bootcamp, he is a much happier and less anxious member of the family. When we adopted Maui at 6 months old, he had no respect for me. Jumping and nipping at me was our biggest problem. Also walking was a catastrophe. Now, he respects both of us and behaves so much better. Our walks are more enjoyable, since he has learned to ‘ignore’ distractions. The nipping at my ankles has ceased. He has matured quite a bit. The puppy still comes out of him, but that’s normal at 9 months old. We practice our proper walking every day. I know we have much to learn ourselves to properly guide him. Our classes have taught us how to do that. We will practice every day. He loves his walks and we do them at least 3 times a day. We plan on attending the maintenance classes. And maybe will sign Maui up for agility classes. He sure can run fast. Thank you again for all your help.


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