I am a proud dog Mom, and I am always calling Luke an overachiever. Last month for Positive Reinforcement Pet Training Week, we left off that I was just teaching Luke to close doors. It has gone very well, so I have two short videos to share and show you what he learned.
Honestly, once he had the closing of the cabinet doors down, I just opened a drawer for the heck of it and pointed to it, and couldn’t believe when he closed that right away! One thing you don’t see is that he sometimes pushes the cabinet doors the wrong way and ends up opening them more instead of closing it. We’ve been working on that, so notice in the second video that he is starting to figure that out! I also want you to notice how I have him go to his bed while I am setting up, and that one time he stayed there so well, I had to use his “release” command to get him to leave it.
We have tried this with larger doors and heavier drawers, but he doesn’t do as well. I think he’s just a bit timid of the movement, and we’ll work on those things more, going back to using the post it and clicker to get him to touch. I love it when I am upstairs in the morning, and hear my hubby getting out the treats before leaving for work, and I’ll hear the cabinet door slam. Luke is closing the doors when we don’t even ask him to, and sometimes when we don’t even want him to!
We’re backing off of the trick training for a bit, for a couple of reasons. First of all, our weather is finally getting nicer so we want to spend more time outside. We’ll be working on loose leash walking and heeling more, and I want to try weave poles with him in the yard too. Also, you might have seen my post where we’ve had some issues with him going after our cat Samantha, sometimes a bit aggressively (only when she has left the house and apparently smells different). So we’re going back to some of the basics, and working on reinforcing “stay”, “leave it”, and “watch me”. That is coming along well, as you could see by how well he stayed in that video. We have also gotten him to stop when starting to chase Sam (he’s only chased her playfully lately). So we feel we’re making progress there. I honestly think he just needs to mature a bit more. He knows what the commands mean, and just needs to learn that he is always to obey them, not just when he feels like it. We hadn’t worked on “watch me” in a long time, but he is already very focused on me and does quite well with that. We just need to transfer that to everyday life, not just when we’re training.
The theme for the Positive Reinforcement Pet Training Week is “Reviews” for this month. I’m not doing a full review, but just wanted to show you some of my favorite training tools.
- Clickers. You can’t have too many. I may start collecting them.
- We found these Stewart treats at a local pet store when taking Luke to school. They continue to be high value for him, and I was happy that I could find them on amazon.com for a reasonable price. Some of the pieces are too big, and don’t break apart easily so we just use those for everyday treats and for hiding for nose work games. There are quite a few smaller pieces and the thinner ones can be broken.
- I love the PetSafe Treat Pouch Sport. It has two compartments, so I can put a clicker and poop bags in the outer one. It straps around my waist, and the treat compartment stays open when you need it to. It really works for me.
*Disclaimer: We were in no way compensated for sharing these items. I just wanted to share my favorites that have worked for us.
We’re happy to be joining Positive Reinforcement Pet Training Week. It begins on the first Monday of every month and runs all week long. The hop is hosted by Cascadian Nomads, Tenacious Little Terrier, and Rubicon Days. Please visit them as well as other blogs through the links below for more positive pet training tips.