From the furry side

Lady … I mean, Sallie, come!
10/23/2008 6:18:56 PM by: Elsi

We added a new command at obedience school this evening: come! Morgan (my trainer/teacher/coach) wants it to be the strongest command, so I can call my dog and she'll always come. So she gets rewarded no matter how slowly she arrives, or how much coaching she needs along the way. And we teach it as a game! Morgan got out several bags of doggie treats, and gave Sallie one of each. She politely and hungrily accepted them all, but one she was passionate about. So that's the come reward. Then we left the fenced in circle, and Morgan took Sallie about 10 feet away from me. "Call her!" she told me. And I put all my love and energy and excitement into my voice and called, "Sallie, come!" And she came bounding along, ears flapping, tail wagging, hind-end swaying. I gave her a treat and told her she was wonderful! Then Morgan backed up a bit and called. We repeated the process, backing up each time, until Sallie was running the entire length of PetsMart. She occasionally veered to the side when another shopper was there, but came back with a firm uh-uh or good girl! She even came when she spotted another dog down the side aisle! Now, if I could just get her name right when I'm excited ...

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10/24/2008 5:51:14 PM
   
  I want to meet Sallie!!
   
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