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Old 02-20-2013, 07:43 PM
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The young dogs...

Whim, just continuing to fine tune agility. And trying to get her ready for a CD

Savvy and Roust: Impulse Control work is ongoing work with them and even more so when they are together. I really did not want too adolescent male dogs :/ The current big thing I'm working on is kitchen manners. Their behavior when food is being prepared in the kitchen, especially when the fridge is being opened and closed or dog dinners are being portioned out has gotten a bit ridiculous...especially when they are together. They try to shove their heads in the plastic container I keep on the bottom shelf with their thawed meats, trying to grab meat out of my hand when I'm portioning it out, feet up on the counter, trying to steal food. So I have taken a divide and conquer approach. They are no longer loose together if any food prep is going on in the kitchen. They are being trained to sit away from the fridge, ideally to move to the rug by the sink whenever I put my hand on the fridge door and sit there until released, no matter what I'm doing with food or if other dogs are getting fed. Do far, so good but it's going to take time and effort to proof it both alone and together. It is going to be so worth it though to not deal with the frustration of their poor manners during dinner time!

I have also been working on multi-dog outside play manners with the young dogs. Everyone gets their own toy and they are to keep that toy unless I offer them something else. They have pretty much got this recently, had to start working on this because...well they get a little too wound up and possessive of toys sometimes.

Savvy: Continuing our agility stuff and working on getting him ready for Rally Novice. Tricks too of course

Roust: Agility foundations

The older dogs, I work on whatever is fun with them or teach them new tricks. Trying to get Jagger back into agility mode for our National in May. And I toy with trying more obedience with Ziggy on and off.
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