So Logan is doing really well, in my opinion. But that’s suspect cause.... well, still not entirely sure what I’m doing. The easy leader showed up with the DVD. I was able to size it correctly, but he pretty much hates it. I’ve slowed down and have been feeding him treats to allow me to get his head Into it and I’m having him eat his meals in it per the DVD, but he doesn’t like walking in it while on a lead. Treats make no difference. He refuses treats when he’s walked in it. So, I’ve slowed down and am having him wear it, but am not asking him to walk in it anymore yet. Just want him to get comfortable it per the DVD.
Good news is he’s learned to sit! He won’t sit on the tile because he slides, but once I have him on the carpet... every single time. He wants his treat, but I’ve started to alternate with just lost and lots of praise. He’s doing it.
Also, I allow him to get to the end of the Flexi lead and then call him “Logan, come!” Then reward him when he comes all the way to me. He comes all the way back to me almost every time now. If it’s just he and I in a controlled low stimuli area it’s every time. I alternate between treat/praise and praise only. If we’re near squirrels or other trail smells it’s a little more hit and miss. More miss than hit.
My next goal is to start working on stay. I went through my dog stash and found a long training lead and will start him in the backyard first, then move to the park in front of our house. Once he has that down we’ll move to the trail.
I’ve never had a dog this eager work with me. I wish my Dad lived closer. He could train me. But, we’ll get there.