Thursday, January 10, 2013
The Obedient Wood Man, part 2
Really the earlier post should have described him as the disobedient one as well, but we are staying focused on the positive because we are working on positive dog training.
Wood Man has been out on the leash only since the last post, because he has discovered that he can easily jump the fence in the back where we let the dogs out to go to the bathroom. He is not happy with his leash-only walks, even though we graduated to the 20-ft Flexi leash. He nearly pulled me off the porch onto the concrete the first time I took him out with the longer leash, but that's definitely my fault for not explaining how this works.
Yesterday, since I did not have to work, I thought I would try to let him go free and test my recall abilities. I am a failure! He went out at 9:30 am, and I didn't get him back until 1:30 pm—and only then because a neighbor helped me. Susan from the horse farm called him to her, and he immediately turned around and ran back to the house...go figure!
At least my "No Road" training seems to have paid off. For all the hours he was running yesterday, he never went out in the road, even though another neighbor was directly across the street playing Frisbee with his dogs.
These photos are post-party. He was totally exhausted for the rest of the day, barely getting up off the chair until bedtime.
A tired dog IS a good dog! If only I could get him tired in some less dangerous way...