Chili

dog Training Report 

Session 1

  • Chili is a smart girl! She did great today!

  • We trained in a penthouse suite where there were minimal distractions.

  • We focused on “sit” and eye contact. She caught on quickly to “sit” and was good at looking me in the eyes before I said “free.”

  • We started practicing the “down” command in the first session. She had a little trouble with it as many small dogs do because it’s an awkward position to get into at first.

  • During her second session, we focused on “down”. We tried several round about ways and finally found one that she was successful with. I would like to practice with Chili more in this style before sending you home with instructions on it.

  • I’m sending home the instructions for “sit” and eye contact. Please practice this at home. Please continue working on her “sit” and start the homework on eye contact.

Session 2

  • Chili did really well today! She was very attentive and loved her training today.

  • We worked on her eye contact (look) and “down” again today.

  • Her eye contact is spectacular. Keep up the good work. Try putting your non-treat hand at your forehead. When Chili looks at it, say “Chili look”.

  • Chili is slowly getting the hang of “down”. We are having to learn it a bizarre way, under the legs.

Session 3

  • We focused on “down” again today, as well as, “come” and “stay”

  • Chili got her first true “down” without having to crawl underneath anything! After that it clicked for a couple more times, then she became bored.

    • To practice down, follow step 1. When Chili lifts her bottom from the “sit” pull your hand and the treat away immediately.

      • We are removing the reward so she realized she can only be rewarded when staying in the sit.

  • I have attached directions for “down”, “come”, and “stay”.

    • Mind you Chili can only handle a stay for about 2 seconds at this point in time.

  • I recommend focusing on “down” at home and we will work on “come” and “stay” next time.

Session 4

  • Chili was amazing today!!!!

  • Her “downs” have really clicked. She now consistently goes into “down” from the sit position.

    • Please keep practicing! Your hard work is showing! Make sure to continue to say “down” as she is doing the action. She has not quite made the association between the word and the action yet.

  • We started working on Chili’s leash manners today and she really picked up on what I wanted.

    • I have attached guidelines on how to work on this at home.

    • Before you start walking, let Chili burn off some energy by chasing the other dog or playing fetch.

    • Put Chili’s harness on, instead of clipping the leash to her back, clip it to the ring at the front of the harness. This will give you more control and remove the natural pulling desire harnesses cause.

    • Begin in a low distraction environment, like the backyard without Shiner present.

    • Begin by only turning away from Chili.

    • When Chili tries to walk on the incorrect side of your body, open your body away from the direction she is going and show her a treat on the open side.

  • We also worked on her screaming. Today she screamed out of impatience. We worked on her making eye contact and relaxing, then being rewarded.

    • Make sure you are not giving into her by petting her or talking to her when she screams out of impatience.

      • We are once again removing any kind of reward for a negative behavior.

      • Then rewarding her when she has calmed down and regained focus.

  • We practiced her “stay”, which she is now up from a second wait to a 6 step (30 second) wait.

    • Keep gradually expanding the distance.

      • If you find yourself saying “whoops” when she moves out of “stay”, you have moved on too quickly.

  • Her “come” was fantastic today, as well. We started in low distraction. She was able to “come” 100% of the time quickly.

    • We then moved on to higher distraction.

      • She was able to “come” with employees petting her 100% of the time at a distance of about 8 ft.

      • She was able to “come” in our food isle from about 20 ft away (awesome)!