Hi my name is Logan! I’m a twin!
I’m only 7 months old.
My brother and I love to dash through doors like mad men!
The world can be a very scary place for me, but I’m getting better.
Club Pet Academy is helping me learn some Basic Obedience!
P.S. I’m the white one!
Dog Training Log
My name is Amanda, one of the assistant trainers, and today was my first time meeting the boys! They are so handsome!
Logan was trained separately from Anakin. This makes it easier for them to learn because they are less distracted. Plus, it is important for them to do activities separately in order to strengthen your bond with them individually as well as help them grow into well behaved and balanced individuals. Training is the perfect opportunity to do that!
We practiced loose leash walking in a low distraction hallway. Logan caught on quickly!
I would like to practice this a little more before sending home the instructions.
Logan occasionally got distracted as all puppies do. In order to refocus his attention onto me, I used the “look” command by holding a treat up to my eyes and rewarding when he made eye contact.
We worked on waiting at many doorways to help with his door dashing. At first he tried to sneak through but I would take a step forward to back him up from the doorway and ask him to “sit”. He sat while I held the door all the way open, I’d say “look” and once he made eye contact, I said “free” and let him through. This will be his way of asking you for permission!
During Logan and Anakin’s second session (together), we focused on “wait” or “stay” to keep as a command for the pups to wait until freed when going through the door.
They have a very short threshold for their wait, meaning they can only wait for about 2 seconds at a time before their attention is lost or they move.
This will grow the more they are worked with.
When practicing at home for door dashing (work with only one dog at a time for now), open the door slightly (use your body as a wall preventing the dog from slipping through), ask the pup to “sit” (reward), use the “look” command by placing a treat at your forehead (creating eye contact). After the eye contact is made, say “wait”. If they stay in the “wait” for one second, say “free” and reward.
You can up the “wait” time second by second as they get better at the command.
Also, open the door further and further as they get better with the command, continue using your body as a block. As they get better, you will be able to move out of the doorway all together and they will wait.