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05-09-2014 05:23 PM
Gwenhwyfair With a good trainer group OB is great. I really enjoyed it when we had one near us, for all the reasons noted in blue below.

Congrats on the progress and thanks for updating.

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We had our final session tonight. We learned to "heel" and "this way" which is a precursor to off leash walking. It teaches them to stay within a certain distance. We went through all the commands and he passed with flying colors. Trainer gave him an "A" grade. Would have been an A+ but he came out of his sit without a release. He caught himself though and went back into his sit.

They offer group lessons and we may start going to those. It's additional money, but you're taught new commands and tricks. Still, it will keep us up to par with training and give Cruz some time around other dogs in a controlled environment.

All in all, It's been a total success.

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05-05-2014 09:31 PM
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It is great when it all starts to come together.....


SuperG
Yes, yes it is.

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05-05-2014 08:36 PM
SuperG It is great when it all starts to come together.....


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05-05-2014 08:33 PM
jafo220 We had our final session tonight. We learned to "heel" and "this way" which is a precursor to off leash walking. It teaches them to stay within a certain distance. We went through all the commands and he passed with flying colors. Trainer gave him an "A" grade. Would have been an A+ but he came out of his sit without a release. He caught himself though and went back into his sit.

They offer group lessons and we may start going to those. It's additional money, but you're taught new commands and tricks. Still, it will keep us up to par with training and give Cruz some time around other dogs in a controlled environment.

All in all, It's been a total success.

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05-04-2014 07:12 PM
jafo220 Thanks all. We plan on keeping it up for sure. Still would like to get Cruz into SAR some day still. We'll have to see, but that's the long term goal. But for now we're happy with where we are at.

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05-04-2014 06:32 PM
Amurphy26 Congratulations. I love hearing about success stories with reactive dogs. It gives me hope that I'll get there one day with my dog reactive bitch. It's a slow process but I can't wait to have walks like the ones you described.


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05-04-2014 06:12 PM
mego Great job, sounds like you guys are doing good work. Amazing what placing some serious rules down can do to a dog. Mine also became overall a much happier, less reactive, well behaved dog once we started working with the e collar.

Don't get discouraged if you guys hit a mild setback, it sounds like you've made enough progress to definitely be proud of and it will keep happening if you keep it up
05-04-2014 05:03 PM
jafo220
Cuz is Reaching New Horizons. Yes, The Dog Park.

Cruz has been reaching new plateau's every week. His recall is nearing 100% with collar on. His sit is around the same. By the way the sit command is coupled with a stay, meaning when he sits he's not to move until released. His place command is good and his wait command is also near 100%. He is doing so great and has made a 180 turn around. Even when we are not training just hanging out, his demeanor has changed so much. He's being much less bossy, trying to run everything.

So he has done so good in all phases, I thought why not hit the dog park? We just don't get enough dog on dog reaction training around home. Where better to go than the dog park to get some more training on our reactivity? We went Thursday and we were all alone and we worked on commands and stuff. He held his sit while I walked to the other side of the park, and did excellent.

We headed out Friday afternoon. We got there and it was busy. We just worked the outside of the park letting dogs come and go and working on our commands. He wanted in bad. I was reluctant. From what I was seeing, the owners were huddled in the center of the park and their dogs were running un-supervised along with little dogs that really were not suppose to be in the big dog side of the park. So we just hung out in the front and worked. People were looking up at me like there was something wrong with me and Cruz. "Why weren't we coming in?" I kind of chuckled to myself. These were regulars to the park. We just kept doing our thing and then called it a day. Cruz did pretty good.

Saturday came around and we went back but this time we worked outside a little and then we went in. I was satisfied with what I seen, owners actually watching their dogs. So we worked a little more then it was off leash time. Some of the same people were there as on Friday. Should have seen the looks on their faces when they seen me taking Cruz off the leash. They remembered me from Friday. I think they were concerned. Such a big dog and a GSD to boot equals trouble. At least that's the look they had. Understandable. First time Cruz has been off leash around other dogs since we started the E-collar. Amazing, the difference it has made. Not so over the top of every dog all the time. Acceptance of other dogs sniffing without getting all beside himself. We did a lot of work. Recalls, sits etc. He done really really good.

So we went back today. Different people different dogs. He was even better today. He came when called, sat when told to, and generally was the calm among the craziness that happens at dog parks. What a trooper. We walked the perimeter several times and it actually felt Cruz my wife and myself were a cohesive unit sticking together. It was nice. I think the true bonding is taking place finally. I'm very proud of Cruz. Total 180 from where we've been just a couple weeks ago. It's nice to walk into somewhere and not be the center of attention because of behaviors.

Don't get me wrong. There are gaps, but those gaps keep getting filled everyday and there is plenty of work to do. We're far from perfect, but the success so far is worth bragging on.

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