A little new puppy update for spring
We have been busy here
Our new puppy is growing up so fast. She can do nose work like nobody’s business! We have been to two dog obedience classes and have had a lot of fun.
Starting over with a brand new puppy is hard work!
I have forgotten all of the things that I must do to turn her into a good search dog. Time to review some of my previous posts!
Right now we are working on her recall.
I have fallen into the dog training trap nearly all of us have done at one time. She has a fantastic recall at home. (She looks a lot like the roadrunner from the cartoons,) her feet all a blur when coming when called. Alas, when we are out and about. She can decide a blowing leaf, a blade of grass, or a pile of deer poo far more important than listening to me. It seems like such a pain in the touche to grab the long line, treats, toys, and pile the dog in the car to drive to someplace new for every training session. So, I convince myself I will do it tomorrow and simply train my dog in the living room. BAD dog owner! This is something that will come back and bite me in the touche. It is like going to the gym or for a walk, no one wants to get up and do it, but once there you are glad you did. I timed my last training session outing and it only took 10 minutes all told! That includes the drive to and from the park!
If you want a well behaved dog, you need to take little field trips.
Now shut up, put those shoes on, and get off that bum!
The recall is very important to Search and Rescue dogs because we work air scenting dogs off leash. Forget the idea of the bloodhound dragging the handler around the woods. Those are how tracking/trailing dogs work. My dog can choose to chase deer, roll in poo, play with another dog, splash around in the stream, or work. He can play keep away and chase me games if he wants. Grom, my operational search dog choses to work instead. He will even come back to a call or whistle blow while in hot persuit of a herd of deer! How did I get such a wonderful recall? Practice.
Practice at home with no distractions. Then practice in many other places without distractions. Then add distractions working closer to the distractions and then working around more difficult distractions.
Best I get started then.