• Hi, my name’s Archer. I like saying “hello” to everyone and everything!

  • I give very slimy kisses and love treats.

  • My favorite pass time is counter surfing, squeaking my hedgehog and playing with my new kitty.

  • I’ve become a pro at come, leave it, loose leash manners, and eye contact.

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Dog Training Log

Dog Training Session 1

  • He was spectacular! We worked on leave it today and he got the hang of it right away.

  • When I wanted him to leave it I said Uh-uh and he picked up on this quick.

Dog Training Session 3

  • We worked on come again today, but this time in places of high distraction. We worked outside with squirrels as distraction and in our food hallway.

  • He did great with both of these spaces. We also started to phase out the treat.

  • Please continue to practice at home based off the information given yesterday.

  • Timing is very important make sure to follow the model: kissy sound (or some other interesting movement/sound) →  eye contact = “yes” → Archer moves toward you = “come” → praise!

Dog Training Session 4

  • We worked on high distraction come again today.

    • Go ahead and start practicing by alternating praise. Start with a 2:1 ratio. Be random so he does not know which time the treat will be rewarded.

  • I started teaching Archer an eye contact command. This will be useful when Archer gets so focused on the cats. I would like to practice with him for one more session here before sending you home with it.

Dog Training Session 5

  • We focused on the look command today. Archer really got the hang of it by the end.

  • This command will allow us to gain Archer’s attention starting in low distraction spaces and working our way up to the most intense (the cats).

  • For now please practice in a low distraction space.

Dog Training Session 6

  • We practiced more high distraction come and eye contact today.

  • Keep up the good work! He was doing absolutely spectacular with the eye contact.

  • I want you to continue practicing the eye contact command, but now add time before giving him the treat.

    • Have him look at you but wait one second before giving him the treat. Only give him the treat if he is still looking at you.

      • If he looks away say “whoops” and begin again.

    • If he does well with 1 second several times, move on to 2 seconds and so on.

      • If you find yourself saying “whoops” 2-3 times in a row, you have moved the time up too quickly, go back a second.

    • The goal for this round of homework is to have him make eye contact for 30 seconds.

  • Please continue in a minimal distraction environment. Continue working away from the cats. If he continues to do well, next time we will begin adding the cats into the equation.

Dog Training Session 7

  • He did great, as always. We worked on eye contact with the distraction of the lobby cats.

  • We really focused on redirecting his attention from the cats. He struggled but definitely made progress.

  • At home, please have Archer on a leash and treats at hand. Bring one of the more docile cats near him and gain Archer’s eye contact.

    • You may have to completely revert to the beginning of the look command. That is completely understandable.

    • If you cannot break Archer’s eye contact from the cat, move the cat further away. If you still cannot gain his attention remove the cat and continue working on look without the cat.

  • We also worked on phasing out treats. He does really well with a treat in sight. Only practice phasing out the treat in a 2 to 1 ratio in low distraction environments.

    • Phasing out the treat:

      • Start by rewarding with the treat for a correct response, the next time just verbally and physically praise. Rotate between the two reward options.

      • Gradually move on to a 3 to 1 ratio. Every third correct response he gets a treat. All other correct responses are verbal and physical praise.

Dog Training Session 8

  • Today, we focused solely on leash manners training. Archer was walking like a pro!

  • As we discussed last time, I sized a gentle leader for Archer.

  • It is important that Archer stay comfortable with the gentle leader and willing to put his nose through it!

  • Please follow the highlighted portions of the homework closely!

  • Remember our goal is to have a loose leash and Archer walk slightly behind or directly to the left.

    • Please continue to reward him for any correct action with treats.

Dog Training Session 9

  • We continued working on look while phasing out treats. We upped the distraction level to working by our door to cats.

    • From here he could smell and hear the cats, so he was very interested.

  • I was able to get his attention probably 75% of the time using the treats and verbal/physical praise every other time.

    • This is great!!!

  • I’d like to continue working with him on loose leash walking with the gentle leader. Next time, please bring it in and leave it with reception when you drop Archer off for daycare.

Dog Training Session 10

  • Awesome, Awesome, Awesome! Archer was amazing today. He had a perfect loose leash. Perfect eye contact with a cat running around. All together perfect day.

    • 100% percent eye contact when walking on leash!

  • Keep practicing everything we have gone over!

Dog Training Session 11

  • Today we worked on Archer’s leash manners on a full walk outside.

    • He was distracted at first, after a couple circles he got his loose leash to perfection. He had eye contact about 30% of the time.

    • We will continue working on this for next time.

  • How is his walking looking at home?

Dog Training Session 12

  • Archer did an awesome job today!

  • We focused on leave it which may help with his counter surfing. We set up a scenario with treats on the edge of the table. He was interested only momentarily before doing an excellent job of leaving the treats alone.

  • In order to help with his counter surfing at home, I recommend creating an invisible barrier around the kitchen. Use your body to block Archer from entering the kitchen, when he approaches, step towards him so he backs up, do this surrounding your kitchen wherever Archer tries to enter.

    • Consistency is key. Archer is not allowed in the kitchen ever.

  • Another option is to set a trap and catch him in the act. Lay out things on the counter that would make noise if he takes it, act like you’re leaving the house, and wait at the door listening. Reprimand him WHILE in the act.

  • To help with his begging, I suggest the place command. We can try this next time if you’re interested.

Dog Training Session 13

  • Archer had another fabulous day. We worked on his leash manners on the gentle leader and his come.

  • He did great with the gentle leader. He is definitely ready to be walked on it at home. Just make sure to reward him with treats or verbally when he looks at you and walks slightly behind or directly to the left.

  • As we discussed, we worked more on his come. He is still looking great for me, I would love to do a private session to see where you guys are with it.

Dog Training Session 14

  • Archer was awesome in training today!

  • We practiced his leash walking with his gentle leader on in high distraction areas around daycare. He did extremely well! He walks at my side 90% of the time, only occasionally drifting away when I would turn and walk the opposite direction. To help with this, I would hold a treat at my side, say look so he knows to pay attention to me and then give the treat as I turned and he followed. He followed the treat every time!

    • Please keep rewarding him with treats when he’s walking behind or at your left side and making eye contact.

  • We focused heavily on come especially around daycare where there’s a lot of distractions. I would let him go up to the gate to greet his friends and while he’s distracted, say come. He came to me on command consistently!

Dog Training Session 15

  • Archer was great, as usual, today.

  • We worked on Archer’s leash manners moving from location to location where we worked on his come.

  • First, we started in the lobby, I had Archer make eye contact with me with lots of dogs present.

  • We then worked on his come (Archer was attached to the long leash to reinforce the action) with another training dog barking and wanting to play with him. Archer was able to come 100% of the time with total eye contact.

  • We then moved outside to the potty yards, I would let Archer wonder away. When I was ready for him to come, I would say “Archer”, get his attention, as he was doing the action, I would say “come”.

    • I noticed Archer had a harder time with this, he had minimal eye contact and really wanted to investigate everything.

  • I think this is applicable to your issues with Archer not wanting to come at home. When Archer goes outside, have him attached to a long leash. When you say “Archer”, he should look at you, if he does not, start gently pulling him in. If you gather his attention during the process, reward him!

    • Really work on Archer sitting when he comes to you and reinforce it with lots of treats.

    • You have to be more interesting than the dog on the other side of the fence, i.e. have some very tasty food (like chicken) waiting for Archer when he does come.

Dog Training Session 16

  • Another great session with Archer today!

  • Our main focus was come. We practiced his leash manners with his gentle leader while walking to different locations.

  • We started outside the play yards where dogs were playing on the other side of the fence. Archer came to me every time!

  • He also makes AMAZING eye contact. I rarely have to ask him to look while walking because he already does. Every time he sits, he makes eye contact. I’m impressed!

    • Keep practicing this regularly. Even if you’re just sitting on the couch watching TV, say look to check in with Archer (don’t forget to reward!)

  • Then, we went to the employee parking lot since it’s a new, distracting area for Archer.

    • He struggled here a little more because of the distractions but quickly caught on.

    • He came to me 80% of the time when called. When he didn’t come, I’d pull gently on the leash and as soon as he felt it, he turned around and started coming towards me. I would get super excited and cheer him on all the way until he was sitting at my feet, then gave him the reward.

Dog Training Session 17

  • I love working with Archer! We always have fun and he always impresses me!

  • We practiced recall (come) in high distraction areas. He came to me every time outside daycare even with dogs on the other side of the fence!

  • When we practiced in the back near the potty pens, I had to pull gently on Archer’s leash in order to get him to come. As soon as he turned towards me, I praised him until he sat at my feet, then rewarded him with a treat. Once I did this a couple times, he started coming to me consistently!

  • We also practiced leave it. He’s a pro! I was even able to have him sit and throw treats around him without him breaking his sit!

  • Keep practicing at home (especially in the backyard)! Please let us know if there’s anything specific you want us to focus on. Otherwise, we will continue reviewing all of Archer’s basic obedience commands.

Dog Training Session 18

  • Archer did such a great job today! He’s such a smart boy.

  • From last week, we continued working on recall. Archer recalled 100% of the time in low distraction areas of the building with and without treats present.

    • We moved up  to a higher distraction area, outside and he recalled about 70% of the time. There were lots of new smells and noises, but with more practice Archer will be recalling like a pro!

  • We did a few leave it exercises and he is the BEST!

  • We also practiced leash manners on the gentle leader outside as well. He walked calmly and loose on the leash with lots of eye contact about 95% of the time with some pulling due to being curious.

Dog Training Session 19

  • Archer did awesome as always!

  • We went straight to the rotation pens where many dogs were outside to work on recall (come) in a high distraction area.

    • He came about 60% of the time. The other 40% he needed guidance, gently pulling on the leash but once he turned toward me, he came running!

    • A few times he tried to run past me instead of sitting in front of me. I stepped in front of him and told him to sit. A couple times he didn’t sit on first command because he was more interested in the other dogs but I followed through which is so important in order for Archer’s training to progress!

  • Archer’s leash walking was perfect! Even highly distracted, he never pulled. He made eye contact 90% of the time.

Dog Training Session 20

  • Archer was awesome as always today!

  • I worked with Archer on come in indoor daycare cutoff.

  • We started with minimal treats at first, then completely removed them.

    • He came 100% of the time 100% of the way at a good speed.

  • I then completely removed his harness and long leash.

    • He came 100% of the time 100% of the way at a good speed.

    • He only had one time where the dogs on the other side of the fence were more interesting. So, I made myself more interesting by jumping and acting playful. He immediately ran over and wanted butt scratches and to play.

Dog Training Session 21

  • Today was the first time Archer acted fence reactive with another dog.

    • I finally got to see him in action and work with him.

  • We started off practicing the same situation as yesterday. Archer started off on a long leash and was allowed to investigate the other dogs. When I was ready, I call his name and say “Archer come”.

    • He came 100% of the time.

    • I removed the leash and treats gradually and had the same positive ending.

  • We then worked our way to the outdoor potty pins. There were about 5 dogs fence fighting, the perfect space to see Archer in action.

    • He took the bate and began fence fighting.

    • I called his name, he did not respond. Since I had the long leash on him, I was able to gently pull him to me. When he reached me, I gave him a treat when he was not barking, focused on me, and seated.

    • When I was ready for him to go back, I would release him with the “okay” command.

    • We just repeated this over and over. He got better the more times we worked on it. We will try to focus on this again next time if we have fence fighting dogs.

Dog Training Session 22

  • We focused on Archer’s fence reactivity again today and he did great!

  • We went straight to the outside potty pens where dogs were. Archer immediately started fence fighting with another dog. I said “Archer, come!” He blew me off and continued fighting until I gently pulled him on his gentle leader. As soon as he felt the tug, he came running to me, sat, and made eye contact. I had him sit at my feet for a few seconds then rewarded with a treat and freed him.

  • I let him go up to the same fence fighting dog but this time when I said “Archer, come!” he responded instantly!

    • We repeated this multiple times and Archer came 100% of the time. Eventually, he became completely disinterested in the dog he had been fence fighting with, walked at my side and made eye contact 100% of the time. I rewarded him with treats and A LOT of praise!

  • I noticed today that when I put the gentle leader on, Archer goes into “work mode” meaning he knows we’re about to train so his attention is on me and he responds to commands quickly. I suggest using Archer’s gentle leader for all his training sessions especially for recall (on a long leash) in the backyard.

  • Archer needs reinforcement and follow through but he always catches on quickly and ends his session on an excellent note! Keep up the great work!

Dog Training Session 23

  • Archer and I struggled together a little bit today. He seemed tired and disinterested in training and me :(

  • I took him to the outside potty pens to work on his leash reactivity.

    • He greeted one dog through the fence (hackles up but no barking), I said “come” but needed to pull on the leash to get him to come all the way to me.

    • We did this a few times. Archer would come on command but not sit or make eye contact. Then, he became completely disinterested in the other dogs.

  • I decided to focus on leash manners to get his attention back on me. He did awesome!

  • We ended there since Archer didn’t seem like himself in training today. That’s okay, we’ll pick up right where we left off next time!

Dog Training Session 24

  • We had a great session today! Archer was his wiggly butt, tail wagging, hard working self!

  • We went straight to the outside potty pens to work on reactivity.

    • He only reacted to one dog through the fence who was already fence fighting. He barked once with his hackles up, looked at me, then I said “come” and he ran to me without any reinforcement with the leash. Yay!

    • We walked back and forth past the same dog who was still barking at Archer with Archer walking at my side, making eye contact the whole time. I was the focus of Archer’s attention, not the other dogs. Exactly what we want!

  • Then, I took Archer to the lobby to test his leash walking, eye contact and recall. He was spot on even with distractions!

  • How’s it going at home? Please let us know if there are any issues or if you have any questions or concerns.

Dog Training Session 25

  • Archer had a wonderful training day! I love working with Archer!

  • We worked on his leash reactivity and Archer did amazing! He kept his eyes on me and did not react to the dogs barking at him through the fence. There were only 3 fairly fence aggressive dogs that were barking at Archer as we walked around the potty pens. You could tell Archer was doing his best to focus only on me even though he really wanted to yell back at the other dogs.

    • We worked on this with him wearing the gentle leader first, then removed the gentle leader and walked him on his harness. He did great with both!

    • I was so impressed with him even though I don’t get to work with him often. Archer was very adjusted and focused on me.

Dog Training Session 26

  • Archer was absolutely awesome today!

  • We worked on him coming when distracted by other dogs and people through the fence.

    • Archer was completely off leash, no harness, no gentle leader.

    • He came 100% of the time at a rapid pace.

Dog Training Session 27

  • With the gentle leader on, we practiced leash manners in the lobby. Archer was perfect! I said look around strangers, dogs and the treat display and Archer stayed focus on me 100% of the time.

  • Archer did just as well without treats as he did with them!

  • We practiced recall outside by the potty pens. He was completely off leash.

Dog Training Session 28

Another wonderful training day for Archer!

  • We practiced recall outside with fence aggressive/reactive dogs around

    • We did this with only his collar on, he recalled 60% of the time with treats present

    • With his harness on he recalled 80% of the time

      • Archer did react to 2 dogs wearing the harness

    • Wearing his gentle leader, he recalled 90% of the time

    • This was with and without treats present and no leash attached

    • Archer recalled every time with the leash attached

Dog Training Session 29

  • Today I trained with Archer in the small dog group in day care to challenge him in the highest distraction area we have.

  • I used his harness with and without a leash.

    • With the leash on, Archer came 90% of the time. He needed a gentle pull on the leash to get him moving away from the fence where a lot of dogs were waiting to enter the group only twice.

    • This was entirely without treats!

Dog Training Session 30

  • Archer had a bit of an off day today.

  • We focused on Archer’s leash manners since you noticed he was pulling a bit.

  • We started inside and he showed off his usual skills.

  • We then went for a short walk out in our field. He became very distracted by the smells, but I was able to get him to check in with me when I showed him a treat and drew it up to my eyes.

  • Archer had eye contact at about 40% outside and a loose leash 90% of the time.

    • I’m attaching some guidelines on how to work on leash manners again at home.

Dog Training Session 31

  • Archer was fantastic today!

  • We worked outside by our rotation pins with dogs barking and wanting to play with Archer.

    • We focused on his recall, leash manners, and eye contact.

    • His leash manners were flawless with total eye contact. We even did off leash manners and he was perfect.

  • When we worked on his recall, Archer liked to run to me then passed. I used the long leash leash to reinforce him coming to me by gentle pulling to redirect where he was going.

    • We also worked on Archer sitting at my feet when he arrived.

  • Finally, we worked on his eye contact on command. He seemed to have forgotten how to do it on command, so we started at the basics again and worked our way to just saying the command.

    • Please keep practicing this with Archer.

Dog Training Session 32

  • We had a fun time today!

  • Did you have a chance to look over our list of commands we can teach Archer? We’d love to teach him something new!

  • Since it was so nice out today, we trained outside in the parking lot and field.

  • His leash manners and eye contact were perfect! Even “off leash” when I dropped the leash.

  • We focused mainly on recall.

    • I freed him so he could sniff around the grass. When he was distracted, I said “Archer, come!” and he came running.

    • The first time he tried to run passed me. I picked up the leash, directed him to my feet, had him sit and hold eye contact for 5 seconds.

    • After that, he recalled 100% of the time straight to me.

    • I would toss treats into the grass, let him find it and then recall him. He loved this game!

Dog Training Session 33

Archer had a good time learning something new today!

  • We worked on being picture perfect for Mom :)

  • We started by practicing sit stays and down stays.

  • We also practiced making eye contact from a distance while in a sit stay or down stay.

    • Eventually, we will teach him to look at the camera for a picture when we say “cheese”!

Dog Training Session 34

  • Archer is loving learning something new!

  • We picked up where he left off last session.

  • We started by reviewing his sit stay. He can hold it when I walk about 4 steps away.

  • We started making the association between the word “cheese” and looking at the phone. He’s already a pro at look so it is an easy transition for him.

  • We also started working on sit pretty. Archer is really getting it! I want to practice a little more here before sending you home with instructions.

    • For this command, we need to build up some of Archer’s back muscles and abs so he can hold himself up.

Dog Training Session 35

  • Archer did really well today

  • Today we continued practicing his sit stay

    • He did very well. Holding the stay 12 steps away for up to 45 seconds while in side in a low disracion area. And 10 steps away for 5 seconds outside in a high disracion area.

    • There were three instances of dogs walking past and Archer did not react to them at all when asked to look. yeah!

  • We continued building the association between the word cheese and looking at the phone

    • He did well while the treat was held behind the phone and the phone is being moved around.

  • Next we worked on sit pretty.

    • We’s doing well, using arms or the wall for support most if the time but sitting up on his own about 15% of the time

    • We used a foam mat to help support his back legs.

    Dog Training Session 36

  • Archer did great today.

    • He nailed cheese!

      • I started with putting a treat behind my phone and saying “yes, cheese” every time his eyes met the phone. We did this about 20 times.

      • Then, we worked on Archer holding eye contact with the phone since I noticed he tends to glance at the phone but then make eye contact with me.

      • I would hold the treat behind the phone, say “yes, cheese” when he looked at it, but only reward when he focused on it for 3 seconds. We can continue to up the duration as we practice.

      • By the end, I was able to say “cheese” before the action and he looked at the phone 90% of the time!

      • When practicing at home, start with putting the treat behind the phone and holding the phone at different angles/positions for him to follow.

        • Say “yes, cheese” when he looks and reward.

        • Once he’s done it 20 times in a row, wait for him to look elsewhere, then take out your phone and say “cheese” in hopes of him performing the action correctly.

        • If he doesn’t look at your phone when you say “cheese” (or if he makes eye contact with you instead), go back to making the association between “cheese” and holding the treat behind your phone.

    • We also practiced sit pretty.

      • We’re still working on strengthening his abs/back so he can hold himself up.

      • For now, he uses both of his paws to grip my arm to hold himself up.

      • I let him nibble the treat in this position for a few seconds then freed him.

      • We worked on a rug in a penthouse suite for traction.

    Dog Training Session 37

  • Archer and I had a blast today!

    • We continued to work on off leash walking

      • We started in a low distraction area with not very many people or dogs walking around

      • He did very well with this! He stayed in heel position 90% of the time, he kept his eyes on me 80% of the time. This was great!

      • We moved to a medium distraction area outside, Archer reacted to a squirrel by pulling and lunging. I will continue to practice with Archer inside or outside with safe barriers as he cannot react if he’s going to be walked off leash.

        • We will also work on off leash recall. He will also have to be able to recall 100% off leash just in case he does want to chase something.

    • Archer did well with Cheese

      • We continued to use the steps Amanda used from the last session to teach Cheese

      • Archer often gives me eye contact and not the phone

      • Archer would look at the phone 50% of the time when I would say Cheese with treats present and 20% of the time without treats present.

    • We also continued to work on Sit Pretty

      • Archer still needs a little bit of help holding his upper body up by using my arms as support

      • We are practicing on soft surfaces

      • Once Archer is in the Sit Pretty position, I give him back to back treats to encourage him to stay or hold in the position.

      • Archer is still learning it, but understands what we want him to do once we lure the treat over his head.

        • Once he lifts his front paws off of the floor, I say, “Yes! Good Sit Pretty!”

    • Throughout his sessions, we would stop and take 1 minute breaks to play a quick game of fetch. This really helped him stay focused and excited about training.

Dog Training Session 38

    • Another wonderful training day for Archer!!

    • We worked on off leash walking

      • We started in a low distraction area with not very many people or dogs walking around and moved up to medium distraction areas with more people and dogs around.

      • He did great! He stayed in heel position 100% of the time and gave eye contact 90% of the time in both distraction areas.

      • Archer was off leash when a dog walked by, I was able to keep his focus on me using Look and he didn’t blink at the other dog! Yay, Archer!!

        • ’s better with Cheese today

          • Archer still gives me eye contact and not the phone at first

          • Today, Archer would look at the phone about 60% of the time when I would say Cheese with treats present and 30% of the time without treats present.

        • We also continued to work on Sit Pretty

          • He did a lot better with this today as well! He was able to hold the position longer with less assistance from me

          • We are still practicing on soft surfaces to help him be more comfortable

Dog Training Session 39

  • Archer did so well today!

  • We worked on sit pretty on the carpet in his suite today. He’s really getting the hang of it. He still needs the help of our arm in between his paws. He’s still developing the muscles he needs to stay up by himself.

  • We worked on cheese. We focused on holding the camera at different angles/places, so Archer would have to look all over the place. To help him understand what I wanted, I would hold the phone, then pretend to pull a treat up behind the phone. When he made eye contact with the phone, I would say “cheese” then grab a treat and reward him.

  • Since we are teaching Archer off leash walking now, I think it is extremely important that Archer know how to stop moving on command. Therefore, I began teaching him the stop command. He picked up on it very quickly. More repetition will help him nail it!

  • We worked on his off leash manners in the penthouse hallway. He maintained pretty good manners. We want to make sure we are challenging him by moving randomly, so Archer has to keep his eyes on us.

    • He does like to walk a little too far away from my body, so these random turns will help with that too.

    • Also, when practicing off leash manners, Archer should be on a dragging long leash. This gives him the sensation of being free with the safety of your being able to catch him at any point in time. We will eventually phase out the leash all together.

Dog Training Session 40

  • Archer was great today!

  • We practiced sit pretty to work out those abs ;)

  • He’s really gotten the hang of cheese.

    • I was able to move my phone all around and he looked every time except once. When he didn’t look, I pretended to hold a treat behind my phone and said “yes, cheese” when he looked.

  • Archer stopped 90% of the time!

  • Overall, his off leash manners are good.

    • He did awesome following me in a low distraction hallway.

    • He does tend to drift away from me while walking. When he drifted too far away, I turned and held a treat at my side to put him back in the heel position.

    • Then we went outside walking along the enclosed sidewalk next to our employee lot. He was much more distracted.

    • We practiced leash manners with me holding the leash until I regained his attention.

    • Then, we started the process of off leash walking by moving in unpredictable patterns. By the end of his session, he was walking right next to me and making eye contact!

Dog Training Session 41

  • Archer is doing fantastic.

  • We focused on the same areas as yesterday.

  • His stop is almost perfect in low distraction.

    • We went outside and worked on it in the enclosed space near the employee parking lot and he really struggled. He stopped maybe 10% of the time and when he did I had to work really hard to get his attention.

  • His off leash manners are really progressing.

    • He is doing fantastic in low distraction. We focused on turning towards him to really get some eye contact from him.

    • We worked outside on the leash manners and it was a similar scenario to when we practiced stop. He paid attention and in a distant heel about 30% of the time.

  • His sit pretty is getting better and better, we just need to get his back muscles fit.

Dog Training Session 42

  • Archer is doing awesome while boarding.

  • He stopped 90% of the time with low distractions and 50% of the time with high distractions (outside by the potty pens).

    • He caught on quickly when I side stepped in front of him. His eyes would shoot up to mine and I would reward once he was sitting next to me, making eye contact.

  • He was great with off leash manners inside.

    • I frequently checked in with him by saying “look”. The more focused he is on you, the better his leash manners!

    • He was more distracted outside.

    • We started in the stop position, then I said “let’s go” and took one step at a time. As long as he was in the heel position, I rewarded every three steps to start.

    • By the end of the session, he was consistently walking five steps off leash in heel outside.

  • We also worked his back muscles by practicing sit pretty.

  • He’s doing great with cheese.

    • I pretended to hold a treat behind my phone for 5 seconds so he would learn to hold eye contact. He was patient every time!

Dog Training Session 43

  • Archer nailed off leash manners in the penthouse hallway today!

  • He was following my every move!

  • He walked at my side 100% of the time. He didn’t drift at all.

  • Even on all the turns, when I said “let’s go”, he turned with me. I rewarded this every time.

  • He stopped 95% of the time.

  • Even when an employee walked down hallway, he kept off leash walking next to me, stopped and looked when I asked. He truly impressed me!

  • We also played a recall game just for fun. I’d toss a treat, recall Archer, then toss another to free him.

    • He recalled 100% of the time.

    • He loved chasing after the treats!

Dog Training Session 44

  • Archer’s off leash manners were fantastic today!

  • We practiced around medium distractions.

  • I noticed he didn’t like the leash dragging next to him so I removed it. He actually did better without any leash on at all.

    • This is fine when practicing in an enclosed area. He’s not ready to practice around high distractions without a leash.

  • He seemed a little bit sore. He was hesitant to sit when told and he usually follows through for me without any issues.

    • We didn’t practice sit pretty because I didn’t want to add stress to his back/legs.

  • Cheese looks good!

    • He followed my phone. We practiced him holding eye contact with the phone until I said “OK” to free him.

Dog Training Session 45

  • Archer is doing fantastic.

  • We worked on his off leash manners in a high distraction environment.

    • We worked in the lobby with dogs and people present. There were even people squeaking the toys in the lobby and he was so tempted.

    • Archer was able to stay focused on me 90% of the time. I had the long leash on to ensure he wouldn’t run up to anyone, but I had it dragging.

      • I constantly checked in with him with his name, saying “faster” when he was lagging, stop, and eye contact.

  • We also worked on his cheese. He is doing great. He still needs the guidance of my hand holding a treat or pretending to hold a treat behind it. I think this is because I work with Archer less, he mainly works with Amanda.

    • He has gotten really good at holding his attention on it until I say “okay”.

    • Keep practicing and he will have it down soon.

  • I did not practice sit pretty again. He still seems a bit sore. He was much more willing to sit today.