Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Maggie Moo

I've been spending a lot of alone time with the Maggot and she is not the wildebeest I thought her to be. As a matter of fact, she learns and trains quite quickly and is very manageable both on a leash and when left free in the house. Ahh, but there is one catch. Ellie and Andy can be no where near or it quickly dissolves into the three of them determining their pecking order and totally ignoring me and my commands. What I've also noticed, is that if I spend time alone with Ellie, she too listens quite well. Perhaps I need to take the advice I give my clients: bonding with your dog means taking the time to totally focus your attention on him/her so they learn to focus on you.


Nanook and Pooka the Newfoundlands said...

Yeah - I've found I can't do ANYTHING with training unless I've only got one or the other. Although training Pooka is a good way to work on Nanook's long down/stay...I'll put him in a down/stay on one side of the yard and work Pooka on the other. I just have to avoid saying Nanook's release word while working with Pooka! Which has led me to wonder if I should have a different release word for Pooka than I do for Nanook - wouldn't that be handy? Then you can release one without the other from a behavior...very flexible.

Nanook's Mama

Rowan The Dog said...

This is a swell looking dog blog. I am glad I got to come over here and see all your pictures and read about your guardian's adventures.