|Pleeeeeeeaaaase let me play with my doggy friends today!|
We told our trainer that Athena was having some tummy trouble and that we would like to have a low-key session without any dog-dog play interaction. So, even though Athena whined and whined that she couldn't play with her doggy friends, the training session was overall successful. Athena seems to be getting better at responding to basic commands when faced with the distraction of other dogs around her.
Yesterday's class was pretty much the same as last week because we worked on the same commands in a similar setting. However, we love getting to practice all of Athena's commands in the presence of other dogs because dogs=Athena's major weakness. She just wants to play with everyone so badly that her dog ADHD comes out in full force and we have a hard time getting her to focus on us. Since joining the group training class though we have seen an improvement in her ability to stay focused with other dogs around.
When class was over, the other dogs got to play with each other, but we kept Athena out of the mix because of her tummy issues. She was a bit sad about this in the beginning, but totally got over it when the trainer offered her a noise making toy. However, another dog came over to Athena and snatched her toy away from her and Athena really didn't like that. She's usually a pretty quite dog, but this situation plus her already irritable attitude turned her into Little Miss Barky (she pretty much only does her "yelp bark" when she is REALLY frustrated that she can't play with another dog). She was pretty upset that this dog had taken her beloved toy! Athena continued her sad yelp bark for a few seconds until we decided that all of the dog fun was just too frustrating for Athena, so we left class and let the other dogs play. Hopefully next week Athena will be back to her normal self and can join in on all of the fun for her last class!
Week 6 Homework:
- Practice down/sit/down/sit
- Practice sequences of commands (example: heel, down, stay, sit and then treat)
- Self-Assigned Homework: Teach Athena a new trick! Maybe twirl??
Any thoughts on a new cool trick to teach Athena at this stage in her training? As much as we enjoy building her confidence with the commands that she already knows, we hope to continue adding new commands regularly to the list of ones that she already knows.