Pounce came home at seven weeks
old and I planned on using Hillmann's puppy program. The initial focus was to
work (early on) with the excitement of chase, walking on a lead and sit.
The rationale is to develop an "on/off" switch. This was the critical point
in deciding to go this route and it was a rather large deviation in what I
had always done in the past.
I never used a checkcord on a pup early on. The focus was going on long walks and imprinting the "joy of here". Fun and bonding was THE "big deal".
Common sense dictates that if the program of choice is laid out in a particular manner, you follow it. In Hillmann's "here" comes later after establishing a stable "sit". So I adapted and soon realized there are many ways to have fun and bond. Some are more effective than others.
Pounce began every session
wearing a long, light lead. She's chased, walked on lead and done a lot of
sitting. This photo is one of her first days in the field. Pounce is running
loose (wearing a checkcord) and we are focusing of the "program".
The daily sessions are planned
around balancing the excited chase, walking on
I am very pleased with the results to date. The on/off
switch has been established and is improving. The compartmentalization of
"exciting chase", "walking on a lead" and "sit" has made it simpler to
integrate the three into training sessions. "More of this and less of that"
makes it possible to keep Pounce in balance. She's very young, smart as a
whip and "get's it"......me too.