A few weeks ago my pup did a "keep away" number on me during a visit to the
airing yard. I let her off the flexi-lead and soon realized the error of my
ways. As was mentioned in a previous RTF thread "I was not very thrilled
with the entire event (paraphrased)".
Since then we've progressed
quite a bit with our positive re-reinforcement process, but kept the
flexi-lead as a regular "prop" in Pounce's airing sessions.
So this morning it is cold again. Plus, I missed a few of "those frozen
things" when cleaning the airing yard in the dark last night. I don't know
why, but I slipped the Flexi-lead off and turned Pounce loose.
Dang....."radar nose" was immediately on one like glue. Up came her head and
her body posture was clearly all "I'm free "Na-na--na na na na!". She
took a quick, butt tucked loop around the asparagus patch, stopped and posed
in a posture that was obviously smug about her "freedom".
My first reaction was quietly saying in my mind "You dumb donkey!"
(paraphrased). Then my better self reminded me of how diligently we had
re-enforced the "sit" command/expectation in the last three weeks. So I
walked a bit toward her.....casually. At the same time, her darting glances
tell me she's measuring my closing range plus picking out a get-a-way path.
Then suddenly, a raised hand followed by a quiet "sit!" sliced through her
brain. Pounce's butt hit the ground as if she couldn't help herself. I
walked over, patted her head, said a re-enforcing "Sit...good girl", slipped
my hand under the collar, removed some "stuff" from her mouth, flipped it
over the fence, put the lead on her, said "heel" and we walked back into the
Dang, this stuff really works!
score.....trainer-1 point....Pounce-1 point. Balance is cool!