OK, so my son and I are both taking our boys to class. My dogs are a couple of "mamas boys". Problem is, whichever dog my son is handling wants to come to me, and is giving my son a very hard time...not wanting to pay attention to him. The instructor is working with them, and just says to keep after it. It is a pretty big building, and I try to stay as far away as possible from my son and his dog, and that does help.
I do have more time with the dogs, and they are learning well. I plan on doing 1 on 1 time more with my boy and dog to teach him how to handle him better...
Does anyone have any other ideas how I could help him succeed with his dog better? (he is not set on 1 or the other, but maybe we should stick with 1 for now?)
We have traded dogs a couple times, Axel is a rambunctious puppy, but has a good start on training (he is foolproof ONCE YOU HAVE HIS ATTENTION) on his heel, sit, down, and stay, even off leash.
Smoke is just learning, he surges ahead is his biggest thing..and it's a little hard to slow him down, but he is heeling well (when you turn, he sticks right there, straight line he gets ahead a bit.) He has got "sit", but still requires a tap on the rear as a reminder at times. Down is a work in progress, as is stay...LOL! But in all honesty, he is easy to train. They both work well for me, and give my son a hard time.
This is really a matter of how to get these beasts of mine to pay attention when my boy handles them...
any advice much appreciated
even the little things that could make a big difference