30 days of blogging challenge
During the month of September, you will be able to find a brand new blog everyday.This is part of our 30 Days of blogging challenge here on this site. Now this can be a new blog from:
The All American Dog Runner Girl,
the Four American Dogs,
the Six Legged Companion Coach,
or just another blog
So be sure to go over to the right, right now and subscribe to our blog (s) to automatically get the updates sent directly to you. Topics we will discuss are our Service Dog Training, our physical training for our upcoming races on September 23 and October 8th, how our beach body challenges are going and our journey with them.
To begin this month, our pack here started our Service Dog Training using this book.
We will be posting onto her Facebook page as well, You can check that out here: www.facebook/groups/180613442286351 and if your interested in training your own Service dog I highly suggest getting a copy of this book and follow it right along. We hope to share videos with Lelah and the group here as to our progress during the month of September.
First day of Training
During our first day of training, we spent short little training sessions together as we associated the clicker. We made sure that Scout, Liberty, Freedom, and Justice all knew what the clicker meant. Which means “hey, I did something good and a behavior that is desirable- maybe I’ll learn it and look for my reward next time.” We started out today with or having simple eye contact with Pam. We also added a name to the eye contact and prolonged the contact which we called “FOCUS”. A basis for communication, whether it be with you and your dog, or between two people. How many people today can say they look up from their mobile devices even while on line at the store to give their full attention to the person they are dealing with. Not many! So ok, this training was also a bit of training for Pam as well, to learn a basic simple rule of communication- and to give her attention to the other party- be in canine in this case or another human.
Challenge for our readers
Challenge: the next time your out and about or even at your own home and participating in some form of communication, look up and maintain eye contact with that other person, or hey, you can even practice this with your dog. See how long you can hold onto that eye contact. Who looks away first? Make it a game. And everytime you and your dog maintain that eye contact reward you and or your dog for doing so.
Why is this so important to Pam? As a child, Pam would have a tendency to look at the ground while talking to others, her 8th grade teacher, got frustrated with her and took her out in the hallway to talk to her, while looking down, her teacher got onto the floor with two rooms of classmates looking out at her along with two other teachers, which made Pam even more self conscious about herself (making things worse by the way, at that point in her life). Anyway, her teacher got down on the floor in front of her to have a conversation and totally embarrassed Pam, and made Pam have even less eye contact that year, for fear of being embarrassed. It took years for Pam to get over this one, although admittedly the lesson was learned. And everyday she looked forward to being one more day closer to graduating from there and from those who made fun of her for her teachers actions as they did not all know and fully understand things. Kids can be cruel then and now!
Back to the challenge, we challenge you to practice making eye contact as well with your dog, or with others and hope you will comment at the end of this blog as to how it went along. We will be offering up challenges for you, your dog, and more during this month so that you to can follow along with our training.
Until tomorrow go to the right on this page and subscribe to our blog to get automatic updates sent to you, so you do not have to search through our blogs everyday. And you can stay on top of all we have to offer.
Tomorrow, you can read about our physical training for our upcoming 5k’s on September 23rd and October 8th and our fundraiser, you can do so at the All American Dog Runner Girl’s Blog.
Until then have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day!
The 4 American Dogs- Scout, Liberty, Freedom, and Justice