Puppy Love! Clyde has been really great to work with this week. Everybody we encounter on our adventures seems to fall in love with him. Throughout our training I have been having the time of my life. He is so smart and really loves to play. Using the concept of play in our training has really made a difference in his drive to do the behaviors. He might even like toys just as much, if not more, than food.
When I first started working with him, he seemed to like toys but would gravitate toward food in my hand more often. My theory for this was that he did not get a lot of interaction with toys before me. He may have liked to chew on toys before but nobody took the time to play with him. Thus, he had built a behavior of just grabbing toys and running off with them. He would think that "humans would not want to play toy games with me."
Everyday he is getting more and more interested in bringing toys to me and having fun with them. At times he finds the occasional item that really is not a toy to chew on and play with but I just take the time to redirect him to an appropriate chew toy. In reality, he really does not know what is a toy or not a toy unless I teach him. Playing with toys is going to be a good way to achieve my next goal with him, performing the behaviors for The Canine Restoration Challenge without having to lure with food.
This weekend we are going to set up the challenges and do a test run to see where Clyde and I are in our training. We hope to see you all at the Austin Pet Expo Saturday August 1st, at 2 p.m. Check out the video below of Clyde having the time of his life at the park visited this week.
From Pack Dog to Family Member,
"Life seems brighter with four paws at your side"
Professional, Certified Dog Trainer Trevor Smith
Understands the importance of convenient, effective (and fun!) dog training solutions for busy professionals and families.