How to be exciting for your puppy – and checking names
Last week I talked about being exciting for your puppy – here is my demonstration! Ounce doesn’t think much of my first attempt to call her, so she decides not to bother. When I change my tone though, she rushes over. In fact I am so exciting that Sunny and Luna decide I must want to give them sweeties as well 🙂
I also practice ‘name checking’ my dogs, to make sure they know their names.
You can see that the puppy is not so good at staying put when she thinks I am not looking at her! But she isn’t too bad, considering.
I love doing this exercise with the girls. Can they wait? Do they know their names? Can they come, neatly? Can they then wait again? I do this exercise with them periodically, making it harder or easier, depending on how well they are doing it and when was the last time I practised. Variations include:
- increasing the distance
- spreading them out from each other
- calling them in different orders (I started with Ounce as she is the worst!)
- facing away from them
Finally, I tried to get a video of them going into a ‘down’ from a distance. This was a poor example, because they are tired – it’s the end of the walk. Luna in particular was distracted by a cyclist mending a puncture. You can see that they do go down, but it’s not as quick and efficient as I would like.
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