I just took my dear boy Dash to the shopping centre where I work in a stationary store. My manager was at the shop so we aimed to go meet her so she could see him. On the way he saw underground car parking, beeping horns, general shopping centre noises, and the "awwwwws" we got I responded to "please come and meet him!" So he could meet strangers. He was so so good. My manager met him too and once he had finished checking her out I let her hold him. He was happy looking around, I cannot wait for him to be able to play with other dogs. We live near a dog beach and I volunteer at a doggy daycare so as soon as he can he is going to be visiting these places frequently. For now though, humans will have to do!! I'm hoping to carry him around the marina or some place busy on Saturday and asking everyone who shows interest if they could introduce themselves to him.
Also cannot wait for walks!!
Today I was at home with him all day, so we had some very short training sessions. We learned sit pretty much on his second day here, and he loves to do this. He got it within a minute. Oh the power of praise! And food lol. And that face when he looks up at me!!! So today I did some more work on his name, and "come!"
He's constantly supervised, and when he can't be, he goes in his crate, but usually he's ready for a nap by then anyway. If he does evade my sight (darn you open plan house) I just call "Dash!!" "Dashie!!" "Come!" And unless very very distracted he comes running.
So today for a few tries, I asked him to sit, gave verbal praise (I'm mixing treats and verbal and physical praise at random) stepped back saying "stay" (which he did - praise!) and then said "come" (this was a very smooth but fast action) and he came! Little steps! After a break, I tossed some treats in to his crate and said "in your bed" then praised when he did.
Repeat this a few times, and I now have a very happy puppy who sits outside his crate, then jumps in with so much enthusiasm. Treats and praise! Then a sit inside his crate before asking him to come out again. Today he also took himself there to have his naps twice. And regularly he goes in to fetch his favourite toys - one being a golden plushie dog we gave to him on his first day. It's bigger than his head so he loves to snuggle with it. Despite all this, he's slept a lot during the day, I let him nap mostly where he wants, which is strangely just on the tiles. But he also goes to his crate as well and sometimes my lap (but not for long) as he may like the tiles but I do not!
I've also been praising for when we are around the house and he's settled and calm. I've been adding words to it "settle down" and then praising. At some point also, I attached his lead and praised him. I kept it loose, at the very end, and focused on verbally asking him to follow. Lots of praise. I aim for all these sessions to feel like a game, short lived and ended on a good note. That's how I trained my horses - so they come to look forward to it!
I just love when he's pouncing on his toys and galloping around. He has the best little gallop!
I also love our sleepy 2am potty break - he is so floppy and sleepy. At these times I don't give him much more attention than a good boy and sometimes a small cookie for going where he should, then back to bed..But as well as that, on the way back, there is a sneaky puppy kiss. I won't be able to do it much longer as he's just all legs and I can see him growing already. I've only had him six days!
We are still settling in and getting used to everything, any hiccups we do have are all solvable and mostly things that just need time. I was too young to remember the early days of my last old boy, so this is a new adventure for me. I hope to do the best I can, but I need to accept that puppies will be puppies as well. I love him even though I'm tired and worried!!!
That's it for now , I'm going to go snuggle with the sleepy Dashie who's next to me.