Shana's Training Position Routine's
Shana and I try to do positions and/or tricks a few times a week. These positions are using food, and some of the positions or tricks are still really in the beginning stages. What tricks are you trying with your dogs?
This is going to begin a series as best as I can. I don't know how many parts are going to be to it, but I am going to continue a Shana journal from now on. I have attempted this before, and it has not been consistent. This, however, is an topic most dog owners and dog trainers have not had the opportunity to cover. Although, I can later share some blogs that do go over interesting things in a dog/owner or dog/trainer relationship over time.
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NOTE1: WE KEEP TRACK OF INCIDENTS HERE OF ALL SORTS. WE HAVE ONCE EVER HAD DOG SERIOUSLY HAVE AN INTENT TO KILL, AS I CONSIDER THIS. APPROPRIATE STEPS WERE PUT IN PLACE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THAT PREVIOUS INTERACTION.
Now the band-Aid is ripping off. Trigger warnings may abound if you have ever been in a dire emergency situation.
NOTE2: THIS IS NOT HOW TO GO ABOUT A DIRE EMERGENCY DOG FIGHT SITUATION. DO NOT USE THIS AS A HOW TO. THIS IS NOT A HOW TOO, BUT A MOMENT IN TIME OF DESPERATION.
Wednesday September 8th 2021: The day started out (7:30 am) normal though there have been some things going on here as in everyday life. Nothing too abnormal though...
Sunday March 1st 2020:
I have a lot of updating to Shana's training log. Unfortunately, it is going to be both random and incomplete, as I have not bee so disciplined lately. However, I have been training at least six out of every seven days, even if I did not notate what they were. I am seeing a pattern that I want to employ, but I haven't really started adhering to it yet. I am going to try for a more focused plan in March 2020. In the meantime here is what has (incompletely) happened with Shana (I log onto my google calendar, and then transfer to here):
Shana Training Blog Week 2 in 2020
Shana Weekly Training to 1/12/2020
Week 16 Day 1 July 1 Monday:
Mudge (new) Bella (old friend not seen in awhile) Lucy (nemesis) Cujo (bff) Bandit (bff) and Brody (bff)
Week 16 Day 2 July 2 Tuesday:
Mudge (new) Bella (old friend not seen in awhile) Sadie 4 (newish) Reggie (bff) Mood: did not write down, but I believe she was in a good relaxed mood today, though most likely stressed about the new dogs at the same time.
Week 16 Day 3 July 3 Wednesday:
Mudge (new), Sadie the 4th (newish), Bella (old friend not seen in awhile), and Stella (friend gone for the winter getting reaquainted with)
Mudge (new) Sadie the 4th (newish) Bella (old friend not seen in awhile)
Mudge (new) Sadie the 4th (new), Bella (old friend not seen in awhile) Cujo (bff) Bandit (bff)
Mudge (new) Bella (old friend not seen in awhile last day)
Mudge (new) and Gator (old friend not seen since last summer)
Week 15 Day 1 6/24/2019 Monday:
Cujo (very good friend), Bandit (very good friend), Stella (friend), Brody (very good friend), and Lucy (nemesis) are here today. Shana woke up raring to go and very vocal this morning. She knew when Lucy got here, but has been in very good mood (though you can still tell she is stressed when Lucy is here)
Week 15 Day 2 6/25/2019 Tuesday:
Greta (new), Sadie the 4th (new), and Reggie BFF here
Week 15 Day 3 6/26/2019 Wednesday:
Greta (new), Sadie the 4th (new), and no other friends or daycare here. Equipment none on, and was in good mood. She did snip at her brother, Tommy, this morning (no biggy just being a jerk).
Week 15 Day 4 6/27/2019 Thursday:
Greta (newish), Sadie the 4th (new), Sadie the 2nd (BFF), Louie (good friend), and Reggie (BFF)
Week 15 Day 5 6/28/2019 Friday:
Mudge (brand spanking new dog), Bandit (bff), Boone (bff), and Cujo (bff)
Week 15 Day 7 6/30/2019 Sunday:
On Monday, Shana seemed to be feeling better than last week. The day was cooler too, and her heat is wrapping up. Week 13 both of these things seemed to be bothering her, so I kept her days easy activity wise. She also seemed to have less stamina than normal (probably due to the things mentioned heat and heat LOL).
Week 14 Day 1 6/17/2019 Monday:
Shana's nemesis, Lucy, is here, which she can tell right away (sound and probably smell). Stella (friend she is cautious of), Cujo (very good long time friend), Bandit (very good friend of a couple years), Brody (good buddy of a long time), and Boone (also good buddy) are all here today. Shana did seem in a good mood, despite her anxiety (which was apparent) at Lucy being here.
Week 14 Day 2 6/18/2019 Tuesday:
Greta (BRAND NEW PUPPY HERE) and Reggie were only ones here. I probably did some training with Shana, but did not write it down.
Week 14 Day 3 6/19/2019 Wednesday:
Only Greta in for training today (plus some private lessons).
Week 14 Day 4 6/20/2019 Thursday:
Greta (brand new puppy), Reggie (Shana BFF), Sadie (Shana BFF), Louie (Shana friend), and Stella (Shana friend). Two private lessons later in the day (1 with Greta and 2 with Beau who is a brand new dog to here)
Cujo and Bandit here (very good friends of Shana). It was very rainy, and I let Shana take the day off after a pretty stressful week for her.
Week 14 Day 6 6/22/2019 Saturday:
I started having a super stressful weekend. Shana still not feeling like her spry self. I gave us both the day off.
Week 14 Day 7 6/23/2019 Sunday:
NOTE1: WEEKS 7-9 WE TOOK OFF. SO THIS IS WEEK 13 POSTING TRAINING ACTIVITY BUT ACTUALLY WEEK 10 OF TRAINING. I MIGHT HAVE DONE SOME TRAINING THOSE WEEKS, BUT MY HEAD WAS NOT CLEARLY IN THE GAME AFTER RECOVERING FROM A PARTICULARLY HEAVY WORK LOAD THE MONTHS BEFORE.
NOTE2: SHANA IS STILL IN HEAT, AND THE END OF HER CYCLE IS COMING. COULD BE WHY SHE HAS HAD HER GRUMPY MOMENTS THIS WEEK. SHE DOES BECOME MOODY AT THE END OF THE CYCLE AFTER THE HYPER PERIOD OF TRYING TO TEASE THE BOYS FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS.
NOTE3: DAYS ARE CYCLING BETWEEN COOL AND HOT/MUGGY THIS WEEK. REDUCED SHANA ENERGY COULD JUST BE BECAUSE SHE HAS BEEN PARTICULARLY ACTIVE. AS ALWAYS I FEEL CONFLICTED ABOUT THIS, AS I NEVER LIKE TO SEE SIGNS OF MY DOGS GETTING OLDER (WHETHER THEY ARE OR NOT). ALSO COULD JUST BE A SIGN THAT SHE IS FEELING MORE RELAXED AND FULFILLED. THERE HAS BEEN A CONCERTED EFFORT TO MAKE SURE OUR DOGS (EVEN OUR THREE OLD MALES) ARE KEPT BUSY DURING THE DAY. SPRING, SUMMER, AND FALL ARE ALWAYS MORE ACTIVITY. IF SHE IS CRAZY AGAIN THIS WINTER, I WILL KNOW WHY LOL. (THOUGH I STILL TRY TO KEEP HER ACTIVE BUT IT IS STILL QUITE THE CHALLENGE)
Week 13 Day 1 6/10/2019 Monday:
Lucy, Shana's nemesis is here today. Stella who Shana is friendly with, but doesn't like her to be overly playful is here. Brody, everyone's favorite is also here today, and Shana is good buddies with him. Also new lesson at 6 pm today (we will be outside, but Shana will know strange dog is outside, which she is getting used to).
Sage is here for Pack Learning today. Reggie, Shana's BFF, is also here today. Also
Week 13 Day 3 6/12/2019 Wednesday:
Just Sage here for Pack Learning today. Good for Shana as she is curious and there are other dogs here to make her unduly nervous. Also Sage is a nice calm presence for a puppy of her age and breed LOL.
Week 13 Day 4 6/13/2019 Thursday:
We got Sage (last week of Pack learning), Stella (friend who Shana is getting accustomed to having back here----sometimes Stella's play antics make Shana concerned), and Shana's BFF, Reggie with the silly hair cut is here today. So sort of mid level stress and distractions today on the lower end of the spectrum, but still affecting her.
Week 13 Day 5 6/14/2019 Friday:
How the day is: All Shana's very best buds over (except Reggie, Brody, and Stella---not quite best bud status but they are friends). So Sadie, Louie, Cujo, Bandit, and Boone are all here for daycare today. Shana very much likes all those dogs.
Week 13 Day 6 6/15/2019 Saturday:
Shana still looking a bit off. She was a bit too cooperative when I cut her nails today, and then went right back to sleep. So going to see what the day brings us today. I would like go out and train, but I need my girl to be feeling well and happy. Hopefully it is nothing more than end of the heat angst. Need to remember this for November, when her next one should arrive.
Week 13 Day 7 6/16/2019 Sunday:
Sunday, Shana looking better. Doing some of the "naughty things" I expect of her (always the double edged sword LOL). Her friend (who she is cautious of), Stella, is here.
NOTE: ABOUT WALKS WITH SHANA IN PUBLIC. SHE DOES PRETTY GOOD WITH ME ALONE, AND EVEN ME WITH A STRANGE OR LITTLE KNOWN OR WELL KNOWN DOG ALSO WALKING ON THE OTHER SIDE. SHE GETS MORE ANXIOUS WHEN ROBERT IS WITH US FOR SOME UNKNOWN REASON (ESPECIALLY IF HE IS WALKING IN FRONT OF US WITH OR WITHOUT ANY DOG). POSSIBILITIES 1) SHE IS WORRIED FOR ROBERT ON THESE WALKS 2) SHE BELIEVES HER JOB IS TO BE IN THE FRONT OF THE PACK AND 3) I HAVEN'T COME UP WITH THREE YET.
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.