The training classes went great last night. It is all completely different than what I learned about training dogs back in the 80's. No choke collars allowed, no pop corrections. It is all clickers, and treats. Pure madness I say!
Actually it works really well, especially with two dogs who are highly motivated by food. The first thing we learned was the "Its yer choice" game where we hold a handful of treats closed up in our hands. Naturally Mason put my whole hand in his mouth trying to get too them. When he back off I open my hand, if he tries to snatch one I close it. The minute he waits quietly without stealing the food I use my other hand to give him one of the treats. It was not long before he was waiting patiently for each treat and I never had to close my hand. The second thing we learned was "Loading the Clicker" which is simply Click= treat, over and over again for 5 min straight. click, treat, click, treat. In Masons case, a clicker is useless but the trainer came up with a brilliant idea...use a little light. As it happens Tom always has a little flashlight, so we used that. Brilliant I say! I did read on line yesterday that they make collars with little vibrators in them just for deaf dogs. you push a button, they feel the vibration, and they know to look at you because a treat is coming. I may have to invest in one of those.
Now here is the silly part.
The other day when I went out to my pick-up which sits in the pasture hooked to the trailer at all times, I noticed this:
In case you can't tell, those are nose prints. Horsey nose prints. They are on every window. It seems as though someone wants to get in side the pick up.
I'm pretty sure I know who it is...
|Me: Sassy come here, and let me see if your nose matches these prints|
Sassy: Who me? Why do you always assume it is me?
Me: because it usually is
Sassy: That is Equine Profiling!