Aiza had her first training class today. I put a very different dog in class with her, a very small Pomeranian. The two of them learn differently. Aiza is using clicker and Lucky Buck is using cue words.
Both are incredibly smart and eager to learn.
Today they worked on walking calmly on a loose leash and walking past distractions and other dogs. Lucky Buck is learning to be quiet and Aiza is learning to be patient.
Both dogs excelled today and were extremely interested in watching the other dog go through his or her paces.
We then moved on learning to Go to Your Place and Sit and Down on their blankets. This was fun because both dogs were so quick to learn which was their Place Blanket and where to Stick like Glue!
They learned to turn to their name every time and Pay Attention.
They learned to Leave It with food and we were shocked how fast both dogs got this one, even visibly backing up away from the food when given the command.
The reward was always affection and the dogs were very quick to learn you get tons of hugs and praise when you do the right thing.
They chose to please each and every time.
By the end of the class Lucky Buck was so much calmer and quieter and Aiza was learning to Go to Work.
Both dogs want to be Pet Partner / Love Dog therapy dogs.
Both dogs are enjoying the journey and that’s the most important thing.