The puppies are being
taught some basic manners.
When we are snacking or eating ,
they are not allowed to jump
up on us. We say ' off ' and gently
push them back down. When they are
back down with all fours on the floor
they are given quiet praise (to enthusiastic
and it will bring them right back up again).
When they are sitting quietly with
out jumping up, they
are given more praise and ocassioinally
a small treat. They are so bright and have gotten
the concept down quite well. But it has taken
many times in getting it across.
times of positive reinforcement to get
the idea across. At some point this will go
to off and into your bed, or off and into
the other room while we are eating /
snacking. Our dogs have been trained
to go into the other room while we are
eating. Their feet can not touch the kitchen
floor, but only the floor in the hallway or livingroom.
It did not happen over night. I can't tell you how
many times that I had to get up from the kitchen
table and go over and place them back where I wanted
them. My command is ' in the other room'.
Consistancy and positive reinforcement do pay off.
But it has to be done each and every time.....
We are feeding the pups individually, one at a time.
We are now initiating the ' wait ' command.
I hold the pup in a standing position for
now. I say wait and use a sweeping hand motion
in front of them. I hold them in place while Fred
puts the food dish in front of them, I wait two seconds
and then release them to eat with an "OK". The time
will increase gradually, and they will be changing from a
stand to a sit and a down.
The next three pictures
show the kids getting
ready to take their
mid morning nap...
After the nap we took
a long run on our trails
out back with all six dogs.
A kodak moment happened...
and guess where the
camera was.....in the
house of course.
I saw Leeya casting
in earnest, with the Skye
and Jazz following suit.
Next thing we know they
had pointed and flushed
up two hen turkeys with
their little ones.
Right after Indy, Cooper, and
Grayson were scenting right
along with the big dogs...
They were all hot after their
run, so we took them across
to the pond. What a fun place!!
Indy crossing the bridge...and splashing..swimming.
Grayson swimming....nice !!
Just watching the big dogs as they
run and swim....!
Cooper and Grayson in the back..
Cooper and Indy
Uncle Skye licking his paw...!
Cooper and Indy
Heads or tails ???
The boys going one way,,,,Indy the other..!
They love the tall grass.. The jungle..Grayson...!
Cooper and Grayson
Cooper hiding...! or so he thinks...
Leeya with Cooper and Grayson...!
Running with the big dogs..
Cooper running down the
...with ears flying !!
waiting for Grayson and Indy..