• My name’s Zoey and I’m brilliant!

  • I’m a little shy but I’m working on acting politely around other people.

  • I love learning tricks, the harder the better.

  • I get so excited when I see my trainer! I jump around and scream for her attention, saying “pick me, pick me!”

  • I know how to shake, roll over, spin, high five, hug, bow, and play peek-a-boo!



Zoey’s Photos and Videos

Dog Training Log

Dog Training Session 1

  • Zoey did great today! She was a little nervous going into a new area to train.

  • We just focused on her leash manners today to get a good idea of where she needed to start.

    • Since she was a bit nervous, she stayed very docile. She walked directly behind me which was great leash manners.

      • Is this a normal walking behavior for her?

      • Since she was doing so well, I did not think a gentle leader was necessary.

    • If she continues this behavior next time we will try with other dog distractions.

Dog Training Session 2

  • Zoey did even better today! We worked with the high distraction of the lobby.

  • I have decided that Zoey’s reactivity is just overstimulation.

  • I would like you to practice going to a small park or somewhere with a medium amount of distraction.

    • While there, practice the proper leash manners.

    • Whenever Zoey’s attention strays, try to regain it with treats (move away from the stimulus).

      • The second her attention is back on you, reward her!

      • If she becomes extremely reactive, stay calm. Do not reward the bad behavior. Eventually, the stimulus will move on or she will get used to it and calm down. Reward when her whining stops. Next, reward when her attention is on you.

Dog Training Session 3

  • We practiced in the Lobby again today.

  • I’d like to do one session one on one and one when you pick up, that way we are able to replicate the situation.

    • Is this possible?

  • In the lobby we used a stuffed Husky to replicate another dog’s presence. She reacted to it as if it were another dog. She showed many signs of fear reactivity. I slowly desensitized her to the Husky and we were able to walk smoothly past without any worry.

  • This is a good example for Zoey’s fear. She reacting out of fear to people and dogs. We are working on systematically desensitizing her to her fears.

  • Continue to practice the park scenario from before.

Dog Training Session 4

  • We worked on desensitizing near the treat container and reception office today and she did really well.

  • She decided the rug was her safe place and the office was our goal. She did really well, very cautious but constantly looking to me for reassurance, which is exactly what we want.

Dog Training Session 5

  • Amazing!

  • Zoey was absolutely fabulous today. We walked all throughout the lobby and offices.

  • She did great with a woman coming in and a dog leaving.

  • And to top it all off she gave me a big slobbery kiss!

  • She’s really coming out of her shell and starting to relax!

Dog Training Session 6

  • She has progressed so well!!!

  • We had a couple customers come in and she was able to keep eye contact throughout!

  • We worked on “come” in the lobby and she did great!

    • She already has made a great association with that kissy noise so keep using it!

  • I know you mentioned last time you wanted to start working on tricks. Any ideas on which ones?

Dog Training Session 7

  • We worked further on her leash reactivity and started the groundwork for “spin”.

  • We had a mini rush of people and dogs. She did really well with everything. When the owner brought his dogs in she reacted because the other dog barked. I was able to quickly redirect her and gain her focus.

    • Prior to their entry, we had been working on spin.

    • While the customer and dogs were still up front, I had her spin and that told me she was back to comfortable with the situation.

  • We then walked around by the entry door until she was comfortable and worked our way near a woman checking out. She looked at the woman then was able to focus back on me.

  • We took another lap and walked through the mass of people through the double doors to daycare.

  • She was uncomfortable but did really well. She was scared of a man, that I would also deem scary haha, but she kept walking and didn’t bark.

Dog Training Session 8

  • We of course worked in the lobby again today.

  • She did really well with a man watching her train.

  • She also did well with the man’s dog walking around off leash in the lobby.

    • I think a strategy we could try is working on her tricks when people come in and out. This will keep both you and her distracted, so you’re both calm.

  • We also laid the foundation for “bow” and she picked it up so quick!

    • For practice at home, take a treat and push it towards Zoey’s chest. She may put her mouth on the treat, that’s okay.

      • Timing is very important in this trick! Make sure you say “yes” right as she leans down, but before she lays down. It’s a crucial moment!

      • After she gets the move down consistently, you can begin to add the word “bow”.

      • Next time we will complete the trick.

  • We also worked on spinning in the opposite direction, a little confusing for Zoey but she got it.

    • Just start back at the basics for the spin in the opposite direction.

    • She has got spin down to the right with minimal movement of the hand!

Dog Training Session 9

  • We practiced in the lobby again today, with a chaotic couple dogs come in.

  • She barked a couple times, but I was able to get her attention very quickly and continue working on tricks.

  • We were even able to walk around the backside of them and look at them without reacting!

  • We also practiced her new command, “high five”. She got it down like a pro, so I through in “wave” as well.

  • To practice “high five” at home, go into the shake position with your hand. When she hits your hand, reward.

    • Gradually work your hand into an upright position. Every time she hits the hand, say “high five”.

  • To practice “wave”, put your hand (far enough away that zoey can’t reach) in the high five position.

    • When Zoey goes to high five it, bend your wrist.

    • Every time she does not make contact, but waves her arm, say (wave).

    • If she waves multiple times in a row you can say the command with each movement, so we can really work on the association between the word and action.

Dog Training Session 10

  • Another great day! She was so excited to get back to training; she showed off everything we’ve worked on all at once! Hahaha

  • We practiced in our usual spot. We had quite a few people come in with dogs and she stayed totally calm. It was a little more difficult to get her attention at first, since she was out of the swing of things, but she remembered very quickly what to do.

    • No barking or whining at all today. She did stare at several dogs and not bark! She’s really getting it!

  • We started “peek-a-boo” today. This one, like I said, is a little harder. She almost made the connection but not quite. We’ll continue to work on it next time.

  • For now at home, put a piece of tape on Zoey’s muzzle in between her eyes. You may have to add more tape to get a reaction out of her.

  • Everytime she puts her paw to her face or ducks her head below her arm, say “peek-a-boo” and “yes” to make the behavior.

Dog Training Session 11

  • Always a great day! She didn’t react to anyone today again. Quite a few people were around during our session and she was totally calm.

  • We continued working on peek-a-boo. She is still right at the edge of the association. Keep working with the tape on her forehead and marking the action. She’s doing great!

Dog Training Session 12

  • We continued working in the lobby, as always.

  • She had no reaction to crazy dogs coming in the lobby and walked well past them.

  • We focused on “peek-a-boo” again. She really remembered from last time. I didn’t even have to put tape on her forehead. Good job practicing. She still hasn’t quite made the association between the work and the action. Keep practicing it and make sure you are saying “peek-a-boo” as the action is happening.

  • I took the liberty of starting on the trick “hug”. I will show you how to practice this one in our session.

    • Remember that your hand will be going gently on the side of the neck. And saying hug as she is doing the action of wrapping her hand around your arm.

Dog Training Session 13

  • Zoey was amazing today!

  • We continued working on “peek-a-boo” and “hug”, as well as her reactivity.

  • She had 0 reactivity today. Several people came in. She watched a projector be set up in our office and looked to me for reassurance! Awesome!

  • She’s almost got the association down for “peek-a-boo”. I think she may be thinking “pee-a-boo” is her new reward word though (like good job).

    • Try saying the word before the action a couple times. If she gets it, continue. If not, say the word as the action is happening again.

  • We only touched on hug again today. But she was doing great.

Dog Training Session 14

  • Zoey had a lot of fun in training today!

  • We had an assistant trainer working with us today so Zoey was a little nervous at first but loved showing off. Zoey will start working with various trainers to help with her reactivity with others.

  • When we walked into the lobby, there was a very reactive dog (which we anticipated). Zoey reacted at first but responded to redirection pretty quickly. We started tricks right away to keep her attention on us.

  • She’s awesome at waving, high five, and spin!

  • We practiced “peek-a-boo” and “hug”.

    • For “peek-a-boo,” she hasn’t gotten the association yet but is awesome at doing the action.

    • At home, keep practicing with the tape on her forehead to get the association but keep up the great work!

  • We’re now at two paws with “hug.”

    • Continue hand (without treat) on throat to get the one paw. Then, gently and slowly push back to get her to lift up her second paw. Reward even if she doesn’t put up the second paw for now.

Dog Training Session 15

  • Zoey and I trained together for the first time today. My name is Sabrina. She was a bit apprehensive at first, but warmed up quickly.

  • We worked on Zoey’s leash manners and hugs.

    • Zoey walked loose with eyes on about 75% of the time in the employee parking lot and in front of the building.

    • In the lobby she walked loose and had eyes on about 50% of the time, but did great focusing on me when she needed to be redirected due to people/dogs in the lobby.

    • Zoey is really starting to associate both paws around the arm for hugs. Keep practicing at home!

Dog Training Session 16

  • Sabrina: Zoey and I worked together for our second time. She was a lot more comfortable with me this session. :)

  • We worked on Zoey’s leash manners

    • Zoey walked loose with eyes on about 90% of the time in the employee parking lot and in front of the building.

    • In the lobby she walked loose and had eyes on about 80% of the time, she did great focusing on me when she needed to be redirected due to people/dogs in the lobby.

    • Zoey is really starting to associate both paws around the arm for hugs. I can tell you’ve been practicing!

Dog Training Session 17

  • I’m Amanda, one of the assistant trainers, and today was my first day training with Zoey.

  • Although we’ve met in daycare before, Zoey was hesitant about me putting the leash on her at first. I sat on the floor and rewarded her with a treat every time she engaged with me (sniffed me, approached me, looked at me). After 5-10 minutes, she let me pet her head and put the leash on.

  • Zoey is so smart and fun to train!

  • Since this was our first session together, we went slow. I started with leash manners which she is awesome at!

    • She made eye contact with me only when I said “eyes” and held a treat up to my eyes. We practiced this a lot in a low distraction hallway so Zoey could warm up to me.

  • We practiced her basic obedience commands, “sit” and “down,” and some tricks, “wave” and “hug” in the lobby.

    • She was a little distracted but still showed off all of her skills! “Hug” looks great!

  • Keep practicing because your hard work shows! Zoey working with multiple trainers here will help build up her confidence. I’m excited to work with her again!

Dog Training Session 18

  • Zoey was a little overwhelmed today. There were kids in her usual space with reactive dogs of their own and several other people in the lobby. We worked in our administrative area so she could hear everything but not see.

  • I was able to get her attention about 50% of the time.

    • Props to her though, she did not bark or whine at all!

  • We reviewed her previous tricks.

  • How is “peek-a-boo” going at home?

  • We continued working on “crawl” and almost got the foundation set up.

Dog Training Session 19

  • Amanda: This was my second session with Zoey so she was still a little hesitant but more comfortable with me than last time. Yay!

  • We started with loose leash walking. She’s a pro!

    • She made eye contact with me 90% of the time. I would say “eyes” as we were walking, walk 2-3 more steps and then reward her as long as she held eye contact.

  • We worked in the lobby and she didn’t react at all! Not even when a reactive dog barked at her. Go Zoey!

    • When she did become fixated on a person or dog, I’d say “look” and immediately she’d redirect her attention onto me which is exactly what we want!

  • I recommend consistently practicing “eyes.” Whether you’re on a walk with her or sitting on the couch watching TV, it’s a great way to “check in” with her and keep building up her trust and confidence (just make sure you’re ready to reward her with praise or treats).

  • We practiced all her tricks and focused on “crawl.” I would reward her when she moved her front paws forward. Please keep practicing this at home.

Dog Training Session 20

  • Zoey did really well today.

  • We focused on her crawl again today. She started getting the hang of it without my hand on her back today.

  • At home, keep rewarding for even the smallest movement forward in a crawling motion. The more movement she has without lifting any part of her body the more rewards!