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Old 10-27-2012, 08:00 PM
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I am so incredibly proud of Baloo. I've had moments of pride for my dogs before (I'm usually quite proud of Chevelle), but I've never been SO proud of Baloo before. In only a few days "It's Yer Choice" is really starting to make a HUGE impact on him. He's gone from an impulsive mess to a dog that can sort of control himself in so little time. It's strengthening my bond with him, and his with me. He's paying a lot more attention to me, because he's trying to figure out what *I* want from him more than he ever has before.

I rode my bike with him today, and he continually looked at me for cues as to what to do when he got a little confused. Today when I was filling his food bowl, he was all wiggle butt and freakazoid for a minute, but I saw a lightbulb click on in his head and he calmed HIMSELF down. I saw the gears in his head turning and him thinking "Mom is going to give me the food so no reason for all this."

I am going to continue teaching him the clicker and IYC for a couple more weeks, and then move on to crate games and teaching him a few tricks. His recall is already improving now that I am carrying treats and his two favorite toys on me anytime he comes outside, that way he realizes "OMG Mom is so fun". He spooked at a strange cat in the yard today, and came back almost immediately after I called him. (I say almost immediately because he did think about tasty kitty legs for a second.)

So all in all, I'm so proud of my boy!
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Old 10-27-2012, 08:05 PM
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WooHoo! Good job to you and Baloo!

I thought of you guys today. I went to a novice dog agility seminar with my favorite trainer, and It's Yer Choice came up quickly because we were all working with young, green dogs who frequently get distracted by stuff in their environment. We all got our dogs out to work with them a bit, and I'm back home now with new motivation to work harder on the skill myself!
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Old 10-27-2012, 08:13 PM
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It's a miracle! Lol. I never thought this dog would chill out.
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Old 10-27-2012, 08:17 PM
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Great to hear
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This thread makes me smile so much. It's so funny how something that seems so simple can make a big change, isn't it?
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Old 10-27-2012, 09:32 PM
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Yes! Lol. He is so... PLEASANT now. Lol. Not that he wasn't pleasant before, but it's definitely made it easier
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Well done! Very nice to hear about your success.
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