My sisters and I decided to join the Train Your Dog Month Challenge sponsored by Something Wagging This Way Comes and cohosts Alfies Blog and Rescued Insanity. In case you did not know, January is National Train Your Dog Month.
I’m sure some of my friends learned fancy tricks like ballet moves on top of a fence post, surfing a 20 foot wave, or herding a flock of Seagulls, but we did a wide variety of things, some old, some new, nothing earth shattering. Our main goal this month was to help our little sister Bailie get her basic obedience commands down so she can pass her Obedience 1 class at All Breed Obedience School next week. Aside from working on the basic commands with Bailie, all three of us have been working with our K9 FitBone and Nose Work has been keeping Bailie and I busy in our home course and attending class.
Bailie needs to do many things to pass her class, but some of the more difficult things are down stay for an entire minute, sit stay for thirty seconds, and sit stay when a stranger wants to pet her. To practice these things, Mom has been taking her all over the place where difficult situations could arise.
We found that if Katie and I or just I did the commands with her, she learned better, so we did a lot of that which was a great refresher of us. Bailie actually had a lot of trouble at first with down, but when we did it with her, she got it right away. Mom has also done a lot of one on one work with the commands and Bailie, but doing it as a family is so much more fun…especially all the treats! Mom made a short video of our command training for me. Note that Katie knows the commands, but with her arthritis it is hard for her to get up and down, so she is a bit slower. I saved the most proud accomplishment, a trick only Bailie does, for last. She is quite proud of herself for mastering rollover. Take a peek at the video to see our choreography! Not all the commands are things we need to know, but you have to have some fun when you are learning!
Honestly, we are training all the time these days, and we are all enjoying it. With the extreme cold weather we haven’t been able to be outside as much as we would like to be, so indoor training has been a perfect solution to keep us fit and not get bored!