• Hi there! I’m Dante!

  • I’m the cutest thing! I have tortilla chip ears that are super tiny!

  • I love to snuggle and sit in your lap even though I’m actually a big dog.

  • I’m attending the Club Pet Academy to work on my leash manners, confidence issues, and learn some tricks.


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Dog Training Session 1

  • Dante was very nervous today.

  • We tried a variation of treats to try to give Dante motivation and focus. We landed on hot dogs.

  • Dante is the kind of pup who needs the trainer to go at his pace.

    • We went into one of our Penthouse suites, finding the quietest and calmest space.

    • At first he was too nervous to look at me as he became aware of the space and started to relax, he started to want some of the hot dogs.

  • We started a command for eye contact. This command is the foundation for any of our commands or actions.

Dog Training Session 2

  • Dante did really well today. He started to warm up to his environment, allowing us to start on his leash manners.

  • We tried working on his eye contact command again, he was still a little too nervous to really focus but he did get a couple really good looks in.

Dog Training Session 3

  • We focused on Dante’s eye contact today. He is looking fantastic!

  • He was able to look 95% with treats.

  • He was very willing to take treats and had much more focus today.

  • He definitely had a breakthrough and warmed up to his environment.

  • We worked on eye contact at each doorway

Dog Training Session 4

  • We worked on Dante’s leash manners again today.

  • While working with Dante, I have noticed that he is extremely wary of his environment. He tends to look everywhere and listen to everything. He gets overloaded emotionally and has a hard time focusing on me. I think we really need to focus on his confidence in new spaces. This is part of the reason why he pulls so hard. He is trying to get away from everything and find a safe place.

  • To test something out, I worked with Dante and my dog for a portion of his training. My dog has a lot of confidence and a lot of training.

  • Dante immediately responded to her and walked much better on leash. He was able to focus on her as his safe place. I would like to continue working with the two of them for next time.

Dog Training Session 5

  • Dante did so good today!

  • He has started to gain more confidence. He was able to take treats while walking when we started today, which he has not been able to do in the past

  • His eye contact command is looking absolutely fabulous. He can now “look” with the command in a low distraction environment 95% of the time.

  • After about 10 minutes of practicing, a person walked down the hallway where we were. He lost his confidence a little and could not focus for leash manners.

  • Then a dog walked down the hallway with a person.

    • He was able to perform his eye contact command after the dog left the space 4 out of 10 times.

  • Then a person walked all the way towards Dante and passed him. He completely shut down at this point and could not focus at all afterwards.

  • This gives us a threshold for Dante’s confidence levels. We will continue to try to expand them, so he can stay calm, focus, and walk politely.

Dog Training Session 6

  • Dante did awesome today!!

  • He’s really starting to get the hang of good leash manners

  • His confidence levels were also up! He was taking treats everywhere and able to make eye contact regularly.

Dog Training Session 7

  • Dante did so well today!

  • We continued working on his leash manners in the low distraction setting at the beginning. He’s started to get eye contact more and more. He occasionally goes off into his own world and needs to be brought back with a sudden stop in front of him.

  • We started upping his distraction level by going into a busy hallway with multiple people walking through.

  • Keep working with Dante. You have been doing a great job. His eye contact on command is fantastic. Keep gradually raising the distraction level.

Dog Training Session 8

  • FANTASTIC! Dante did absolutely amazing today!

  • We upped the distraction level to the lobby with one of our receptionists walking around.

  • He had great leash manners (walking slightly behind) throughout our entire session. He had a loose leash about 75% of the time and eyes on me 50% (on request).

  • Keep practicing with Dante, your work really shows! In order for Dante to feel comfortable everywhere, practice in new environments (look and leash manners).

    • His eye contact on command is fabulous.