Join Date: May 2005
Location: Denmark, Ohio
I am liking this pup (7 months) more and more -- GENTLE
I am a big fan of teaching a dog to take a treat gently. Then they do not snatch it when the vet tech or someone at training classes offers one.
They should know to offer with an open hand, and that helps, but not everyone, even people who should know this, does it every time. So I progressively work on GENTLE.
And six year old kids are not always real good at offering treats with an open hand. So I am really careful who I let them feed. They can feed Babsy. Uhg! one day, I gave her a little pouch of food, and the girls were picking up the tiny little kibbles and handing them to her. I am a little more careful with high value treats, but I did let Analisa feed her some raw chicken gizzards -- this kid is really all about animals, and willing to clean out horse stalls, and willing to feed old lady dogs chicken gizzards.
Anyhow back to Karma. I banter the word Gentle about, and will add GENTLE WITH MY FINGERS, if someone gets a little too anxious for whatever is being offered. Offering the treat between the thumb and the forefinger and having her take it carefully is a good test, and the little girls fed her a cheese stick on Sunday that way.
But last night was the grand-daddy of the Gentle command. I was feeding leftover pancakes -- yeah I know, but they love them. I had Babs and Karma and Jenna.
Oops got to interject here that Karma CAN count and when I was passing out cheese pieces a few nights ago, she was offended and barked, when I skipped her turn.
Back to last night, yeah, I was passing out pancake pieces to the three bitches, and dogs who are afraid that someone else might get their tid bit, are often a little more anxious to secure theirs (I had to remind Jenna several times that I wanted to keep those fingers). But Babs was perfect, and Karma was moreso. She was very delicate when taking the treat from me. I was giving large pieces to Jenna so that she wouldn't EAT me, and small pieces to Babs so she wouldn't get too many calories, and tiny pieces to Karma who is so careful, I could afford to.
I think they should teach the GENTLE command to people in these pet-dog-puppy classes rather than teasing games, and go to your mat crap. But I am not in charge of what they must teach, and neither is the trainer I go to. Since it is fall now, classes at her home outside are over, and it's either drive farther, pay more, and learn crap you don't want or need, or don't go at all.
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