Taking you to a safe spot
Today we’re training the next step to Scout taking me to a safe place.
Test Yesterday- dog friendly store
Yesterday, I actually tested the waters with bringing a dog into a public place but I actually took Freedom. Without realizing we were going to go anywhere else than Petco to pickup some flea and tick spray I brought Freedom for a ride. And then a decision to go to Lowe’s was made and I walked with her into the store and everything was fine and dandy. Lowe’s seems to be a dog friendly store. So it was a test for me, and to see if a place would be questioning me about being with my dog. It all went well- WHEW!!
Today’s part of the training
Today after getting Scout to the mat, we worked on getting him to lie down. Making sure all four paws were on the mat and asking him to lie down. As soon as he would get to the mat (or chosen spot) I would say “down” . Having worked on down before and having seen him take to this behavior well. This once again is the training for the entire day. Each time we would start from a place away from the mat.
Step One: have Scout off the mat and have my clicker and treats ready.
Step Two: Call Scout to come to the mat- i.e.- go to a safe place- pointing to the location. Luring him there with a treat if necessary.
Step Three: As soon as he gets to the mat, and is on it with ALL 4 PAWS! Tell him “DOWN”
Step Four: Praise him, give him a click with the clicker, and give him a treat or two!
* Making sure your dog has focus on you during the whole time is suggested, that is with eye contact. A Service dog should always be focused in on you. (Yes, your dog can do something that you ask him or her and be focused in on something else!) When I say FOCUS- I mean 100% FOCUS!
Until tomorrow have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day. And we’ll see you for some more of this task training!