'Not only is punishment risky, but it also fails to teach the dog an acceptable alternate behaviour. The dog does not learn what to do the next time he is in the same situation. He only learns to fear the situation.' Emma Parsons, Click to Calm p73

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Antlers, Shopping and Training.

Jess and the small Stagbar antler.

Yesterday, Lola's new collars from Scrufts arrived--Pixie Dog and Foxy Dog. The foxy dog collar/lead set is especially adorable, but her old collar had a pink heart tag which looked better with the pixie collar; so she's wearing that right now. We decided today to get her a tag for the foxy collar.

This morning, I worked on Lola on her stay. We've been working on this using training logs and Jean Donaldson's push-stick-drop method: and it's going pretty great. She's up to being able to do five for five reps of a ten-second stay. It's definitely more efficient and practical to do logs whilst training; it really helps to stop and make notes, and has helped me to learn how to better motivate L during our work.

Later on in the morning, at about half eleven, the Stagbar antlers I ordered from pure dog arrived. Both of the girls were initially baffled; Lola took the initiative in a slight mouthing of it, and soon realised it was edible. It's Jess, however, who quickly decided that antlers are the best thing ever. Except for an hour or so of playing with a filled frozen Twist n Treat, J has been chewing at an antler all day - and has only succeeded in taking maybe an inch off of one. I reckon these will last at least a week, with any luck. If they do I'll probably get more, as they are expensive but they will really help clean the dogs' teeth if they're chewing them constantly.

We also went shopping--and spent almost £50 at Pets At Home, when we went there only to get a tag for Lola's foxy dog collar. We bought the tag (it'll take a week for it to arrive with us), and also bought: a large box of dental chews (with peppermint) for Jess, a 2kg bag of biscuit treats, a Busy Buddy Chuckle, a Wiggly Giggly Jack, a 140g bag of puppy treats, a Wlpet Training Treat Ball, a large (and rock solid) rubber ring to chew, a Happy Pet Tough Wobbly Nobbly Toy and a Happy Pet Boingo Ball.

When we got back, the dogs were ecstatic with all their stash!

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