'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

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Aims for 2012

It is, perhaps, a little late for a New Years Resolutions type post--but here we go anyway!

- Bring Lola's tricks back up to scratch (we trailed off a few months ago...).
- Teach Lola the basic Rally-o signs (including a solid heel).
- Teach Jess some more tricks. She enjoys them--she's just a whole lot slower to learn than Lola.
- Continue working on Lola's reactivity toward other dogs: I hope that, by the end of 2012, we have reached the point wherein she can be on-leash around a strange dog in a neutral environment without reacting (either ignoring it OR exhibiting inviting behaviours toward it).
- Continue working on Lola's reactivity toward people: so that, hopefully, by the end of the year she is nonreactive when people enter/are in the house (she does not have to have an interest in them, but she should not display aggressive posturing), and she will politely tolerate non-confrontational attention from strangers.
- Expand my library of dog training books, and increase my knowledge on the subject.
- Attend at least one dog training seminar, if at all possible.
- Have two healthy, happy dogs that are ready to conquer 2013.

- Learn to cook more things, and cook more!
- Pass my second year of university.
- Get a part time job.
- Try to find a better balance between uni time, dog time and me time.


Sara said...

Never too late to set some goals. You are brave putting them in writing! I have no doubt you are already well on your way though.

Jen said...

I think these are worthy, realistic goals to work on. Keep on trucking.... you'll figure it all out!!

Jen and the mostly black dog crew

Tanner and Beth said...

Sounds like you have some great goals set. I know you will achieve them if you set your mind to them.

Doggy Kisses,

Chris and Ricky said...

All sounds good!

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