- Started new trick with Shana, which will eventually be jumping up in my arms. Someone was also doing this and had their dog jump in their lap first. So I did this with Shana for about 10 minutes with food. She loved it. I need to look at next steps. No equipment on except her flat collar, a chair, and the use of food. 10 minutes
- Placed Shana in the master bedroom while I did sit on the dog with Bailey. She looked the other way (avoidance) but did not bark or give any hairy eyeballs. I was using treats, her muzzle was on, and I did have her on leash to hold. 45 minutes (Bailey getting used to new rooms---he has a little anxiety, so Shana had to do a little longer than I usually do---though one hour is not unheard of).
- Not training but Brother in Law came over. I did not let Shana check him out first. She never really calmed down while he was here (as in look comfortable, she did lie down while we were watching tv). So I need to put time in getting her used to people (long story that you can find probably in her lengthy about posts in the archives). She also does not like crowds of people, as in it makes her nervous, but then she is curious. 2 hours Solution: make this also a priority as we are working on the strange dog behavior.
On March 20 2019:
Ugh, first time I posted this did not go through.
3/18/2019 was a day off. I was super tired, and Shana was super tired and grumpy as well. Figured we could both use some rest
3/19/2019 We both woke up refreshed and went to work.
My present strategy in managing her week is giving behavioral work the largest concentration. This includes the perception modification of things that stress her out by bringing her to a threshold that is challenging but not overwhelming and moving her forward in that (use of motivational work, tricks, music, and food). Then working on polishing up the look of our obedience exercises (I need to get to a place where I can work just her an I a few days for this, which I did not get to last week).
The most noticeable difference last week was in behavior. In this vein, working a lot on her managing her excitement level when seeing her friends too. Love that she is enthusiastic to see them, but she can be a bit rough still at 6 years old. Managing this just increases her impulse management and allows the self chill before released to happen.
Not the training day I had hoped or planned for. I was planning on doing fetch and hold. So I will move tgat to Monday.
3/13/2019. Just short training and socialization session at the bank. Robert had Shana perform tricks for the staff in exchange for treats. It was reported that she enjoyed the interaction and wss much less nervous than when she had gone before.
Need to do some focused training work tomorrow in non distractions.
On Tuesday, 3/12/2019, we worked on the following:
FYI, I put my things I work on in my Google Calendar so I don't forget day to day. I don't have enough time to log into my website journal as I go along:)
Past blog links to Shana can be found on the following:
Team Shana goals (of which I am a member):
Author, Robin Rubin
Owner and Head Dog Trainer in Maine, Robin Katherine Rubin, started her Maine dog training business in September 2004. Our dog training facility is located in Southern Maine in York Beach and we help families enjoy their dogs more, making sure they listen reliably and resolving unwanted behaviors.