I had my first lesson without Brian's company for theory.
Next week is theory practical, where i will be taught how to show my dog what i want it to do, with each of the basic commands.
So far so good. and of course, exposure to a entire field of other dogs, in a controlled environment. Pure gold stuff.
I had homework. We are using positive methods. Bring to next session: fave toy/food treats.
Homework task one:
Charge the clicker. I say "yes" and treat. Repeat x 10
Brian was really good at this game! He 'got it' 10/10!
then we move on, to the advanced stuff.... Teach name recognition. Call "brian" when he looks, mark with word "yes" and treat.
Does an ear twitch count? free shaping from an ear twitch anyone?
He's just busy doing other shit in his head, so ignores me. Wont look, i cant get a look to mark with a "yes". 0/10 I stop training.
I get back to it about an hour later. He's sunning himself on deck, looking out over paddock like he owns the place. I call "brian" he looks slowly at me. I say "yes" and throw him a treat to where he is led. He didnt have to move far, just bend a little to get it. Voila. 1/1
I swap treat from kranskies to roast chicken! showing him the swap before i back away a little, and ask again "brian",puts his head down, wont look.
I act really excited and call in what im hoping is a freakin lovely excited dog voice - doughnuts, cept an ear twitch.
I get out squeeky pig AND cheese, sod the expense! and nadda, nuttin.
I sit down. that's quite enough for day one i think. I have 7 days, to get him to know his name. and look at me when called. I'll forgo the comes when called, if we can have those 2.