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Abby, A Force Of Nature

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Perfect sit/stay and eye contact. You go Abby!

As promised on my last post, I will show you what Abby does prior to giving me that perfect sit/stay and eye contact.  Why?  So you are aware of all her antics and refrain for saying to your furry kid, “You should be like Abby.”

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Marcela, “I am pointing at the spot I want her to sit and stay while giving me eye contact.”

Abby, at the beginning, does comply and follows my hand.

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Abby, “Ha, ha. I am so happy I am going to eat that I can’t contain my excitement.”

Abby then decides that she must first show me how excited she is by jumping all over her bed and ignoring my hand signal.

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Abby, “Mom, your finger smells delicious.”

Abby’s enthusiasm, this time, is less because she’s learned that the sooner she calms down the faster she’ll eat.  At the beginning she used to jump up in the air.

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Abby, “Ok mom, I am due being funny. Could you please feed me now?”

She finally settles down and at such time she is rewarded with a meal.  Believe it or not, that exuberance Abby displays every time I feed her is something I enjoy seeing and hope that she’ll continue to display.  Just like many pet parents out there, there are some things that I don’t want to change in Abby because it makes me happy and she looks adorable doing it.  Happy Holidays!

The Name Game – Is It Important?

Walter, a handsome Australian Shepherd.

Walter, a handsome Australian Shepherd.

Let me start by answering the question above.  Yes, the name game in training a dog is extremely important.  This is always the first command I work on before moving on to any other command.  Why is it important?  For the simple reason that if you don’t have your dog’s attention, whatever command you are giving him will fall on deaf ears and you will end up angry, frustrated and aggravated while your dog will be completely clueless about what is going on.  The above picture of handsome Walter is the perfect example of a dog not paying any attention at all.  He did not want any thing to do with the camera.

namegame2A lot of pet parents would give a command when their dog is exploring his environment.  Is this a good time to do it?  No.  He will just learn to ignore whatever command you are giving him because you don’t have his attention.

namegame3Do you give a command now?  Yes.  I called his name, Walter, and he gave me that beautiful eye contact.  At this point, you could give him a command, but not before you get his attention.  At the beginning, work only on the name game, and reward your dog with a treat, petting him, etc.  Don’t move on to any other command until your dog looks at you every single time you call his name.  I’d suggest you start doing this indoors and later on move on to doing it outdoors.  Make training fun for you and your dog.  Enjoy your weekend.