The days are getting shorter, and my days are getting more predictable. I have been working on the basics… “Go through”. Every door. Every elevator. Approach and Sit. Wait. Person on end of leash opens door, and says “Go through”. I go. I turn. I sit. And then “Yes”~ a TREAT! When I really want to “Get Busy”, its hard to stay patient, but rushing through just means I have to go back through and try again. Especially in areas that I go all the time, its so easy to just walk through, but M has been forcing me to slow down. She’s been on my case about “tailgating” doors that are already open. It’s so tempting, as the door is already open! But she tells me she is worried about my tail getting stuck in the gate. If I wait patiently, she can make sure the coast is clear and she is blocking the door to prevent it from swinging back on me. But the hardest thing to remember is to check in on my raiser rather than rush off into the great beyond after the door opens. Turn. Sit. Wait. “YES” – I got it!
I’ve also been working on relaxing. Sounds easy you say huh? I don’t know. It seems like every time somebody asks me that, its cause they are grooming me. And I like grooming, and want to be involved. It’s hard to stay still, but I’ve been practicing a little bit of wait with that. Next up is going to be getting groomed while standing. I have to get used to not keeping an eye on the proceedings. I mean, first you stress eye contact while walking at heel. And at side. And while sitting. And now suddenly, not so much? It’s been a lot for me to wrap my brain around, but all in a dog’s work.