Still in midst of training this trick. Her actions and expression always make me laugh!!! Need to troubleshoot her balancing while sitting upright. She has an issue of slipping off on the hard floor hence have to do it on soft cushion. Eventually will try to transfer the trick to have it done on a chair. Stay Tuned.
For the last 5 days, I only get to be with lele for the 2 to 5 hours per day. I came to realise the true importance of her in my life. I just want to spend every available time around her whenever possible. Luckily Pappi don’t get jealous about it. Today weather is not on our side. It was raining non-stop from 2pm to 6pm. Unable to bring her for a good long walk, I brought her to Pappi’s work place and did some engagement practice with her. It’s always fun to see her so focus especially on the new founded treats that she loves a lot.
Enjoy the video!!! Start having fun with your doggie too.
I have resume some light training with lele since her break from the sterilisation operation. Today, I tried refreshing the “Go Inside” trick with her. The last time we practice was like a month ago. Surprisingly she still remembers and I’m delighted with her performance. It’s always fun and hilarious to see lele thinking and trying to shortcut her way in order to have me to treat her.
I get ideas for trick training from the youtube videos – Tani – Puppy Tricks Part 1. Tani’s mummi is Barby and she also has a beagle sister, Xsara who trains in agility. I first decided going into agility with lele is also through Xsara blog. Watching them having so much fun makes me want to do the same with lele. Do check out their blog - Agility Beagle Xsara blog and youtube videos too.
Here’s lele’s video! CS help out on his first try with videography, still plenty room for improvement but thanks pappi anyway. Cheers!
Special thanks to Janna (http://enjoyyourdog.wordpress.com) who has shown me what is engagement training. Thank you Janna once again for providing your blog link. I’ve learned a lot and see a different side when it comes towards le le training. Engagement training is all about fun and enjoying the interaction with our dog. I always have a good laugh with lele every time she tried assuming and perform something in order to get rewarded.
I admitted being a first time dog-owner and brought up by such an “efficient” country, I can be very result oriented, tend to look for end behavior rather than process. And when I have a behavior target to achieve, it can get frustrated when lele is unable to meet my expectations. It is Janna’s blog that enlightens me and allow me to understand how to make training enjoyable, fun and filled with laughter.
There are a few quotes in her post I constantly remind myself and loves to share with everyone.
♥ It is always a two way street- not only does the value of the food stick on the training but the value of training sticks on food too
♥ Training with treats try to make the delivery more interesting- make the treat run! Incourage the dog to chase the treat a few steps. Be animated and be happy. Do NOT get frustrated- your dog WILL know!
♥ Do NOT give up! It might be frustrating and you might feel silly squealing and jumping around to get your dog to play while he is giving you the Don’t Wanna, Don’t Hafta but persist. And once you get it try to err to the side of caution and end the session before the dog loses interest. Praise, praise, praise until you are blue in the face- blue is one colour dogs do see so you will get some colour in your face through their eyes as well
I enjoy training lele, it is those priceless moment in lele’s enthusiastic when we had fun together. Here’s a vid I made today. Have fun watching. Cheers!
Lele: I am so busy and packed with activities since mummi wrote the last post. Sadly she did not pen down each outing in my blog. *Tsk Tsk….. Let me share what I have been up to .
5th August (Friday) – Mummi brought me to my first volunteer work with the Therapy Dogs, Singapore after I pass my temperamental test on 31st July. Mummi make me stay in the car for 40mins as she got lost finding the way to the location. Well, finally at 3.05pm, we arrived the Asian Womens’ Welfare Association Special School for Children (AWWA). This is my first time meeting the children with special needs so is mummi. Mummi tried to interact with the children, some of them are afraid of me when mummi ask them to pat or treat me while there are others who are keen and enjoyed walking me around their school premises. I was quite stress initially with the sudden new environment and new faces but I kept my posture and mummi kept rewarding me with my favourite home-made baked salmon treats. I was a good gal and able to listen to her commands and perform tricks for the wonderful children. It turns out that the volunteer work was not bad after all. Mummi went home and sing praises to pappi about me. Pappi is proud of me and said I now have an occupation. “Le Le, The Therapy Dog” ^0^
Le Le being walked with the children with the guidance of mummi. (Image Source: TDS Facebook)
6th August (Saturday) – I had my agility practice and mummi said I have improve on my focus on her surprisingly. But still I get easily bored when she keeps making me jump the barriers over and over again. Therefore mummi always give me breaks to run free after every routine but I can see she is the one who needs the break as she gets out of breath running around with me.
After our afternoon practice, mummi went to pick up pappi and brought us to the monthly scheduled dog hash. She almost held back in bringing me there as I look so listless after the agility practice. Well appearance can be fooled, I was “awaken” the moment the hash started and mummi off-leash me to run off with the pack. Pappi joined us for the first time and was so impressed by me being off-leash. He acted so calmly during the run even when I went out of sight for couple of times. But only to spill out his initial concerns to mummi when we reach home and refresh on the great hash outing. Pappi enjoyed the outing so does mummi and I. I was hardly keeping still during the hash, but dashing and hopping around into bushes and uneven terrains like the cartoon roadrunner. “Beep Beep!!!” (that’s how pappi describe me) This is some outing we enjoyed as a family, all thanks to my pawpal Happy and her pawrents, Bel and Jo in encouraging my mummi to bring me to try out. Woofy thanks!!!
“Hi, Roadrunner Boof Boof”