Good job today. She brought out a different dog than before and Bolvar didn’t react at all whatsoever. He looked but kept his heel. I could do turns and he was right there with me (meaning he was focused on me and my movements). Did a long down right next to the other dog doing a down. I know he can work around other dogs, though. This was more about a new dog suddenly showing up out of no where, and keeping cool. We also worked on staying in a heel , and the rules that come with it , regardless what I’m doing. I approach the back door and open it? My left leg stops when I open the door so what does Bolvar need to do? Sit. Because we are in a heel and I stopped. He definitely would try to just hurry through the door the first few times. Eventually though, he would sit when the door opens. And then we could walk through the door. He learns new rules so fast.
This week I’m going to work on doing some false starts with him in a down next to me. He can only go when I say “heel”. Depending on how long it’s been since his last command, I might say “Bolvar, heel “ - his name just basically being the look command. So the false starts might look like this:
•Stand next to him, use my right leg to start walking forward (hard)
•Stand next to him use my left leg to lead when walking away (harder)
•Stand next to him, say “Bolvar”, then walk away (hardest)
But, when I finally say “Bolvar, heel”, he gets up and walks with me in position. Working on the false starts is good way to get him actually paying attention on me and what I’m asking or expecting.