It was our 1 hour session with our trainer. There are two areas he can walk right down into the water, and he was splashing around in it with gusto.
He didn’t get to meet too many people, but he did get to watch geese, discover a water spigot, walk through a tunnel (an echo!), play a get ya so it don’t spook ya game when he wasn’t expecting it, and generally horse about. He didn’t know he was training, but we did.
Mom as expected has a myriad of excuses why she can’t work with him at any given time, and Tuesday was no exeption. So much for wanting to be involved–that idea lasted about a week after paws on the ground. I’d taken all the big talk with no small disbelief, but it irritates me some.
Levi also got to see some people get in a canoe! He wanted in until she reached to pet him, then he cried and ran back to me, stinker. Then he did it again. No conflict there, my silly boy. He’s become a tad shy despite his curiosity, not uncommon for his age (fear imprinting development stage), though he’ll probably get over that.
We slept for 3 hours when we got home, and he was a perfect angel. Then he woke up!
I hope he also gets over the food crazy, since he spent most of my cooking and eating supper time getting put in the xpen. It’s a worry for the future if he doesn’t, because going anywhere there’s food would be impossible. I hope he finishes getting housebroken, or going anywhere as a SDit will be impossible. If he continues to bite and be destructive when denied anything he wants, that makes even living with him impossible.
He’s still young, though. I’ll give another 3 weeks of bite inhibition, 3 hour feeding schedules, and vigilant potty training, then decide at 4 months old if the rectifying the behaviors are just too labor intensive to continue with him. That will have been 6 weeks of 12-15 hour days of working with him.
I know, it sounds awful, the idea of not keeping the little amigo. The assistance dog training is very difficult, very expensive, and takes roughly two years. But he has to make for a good companion before he can become anything else no matter how much potential he has. I have to be realistic about what I can manage since becoming disabled.
I’ve honestly never had so much trouble with a puppy, and I hope that changes in the next month. If it doesn’t it won’t be for want of effort.
He is a cute little bugger, isn’t he?
Learning about the water spigot, he would get a few licks of water then look down and soak his own head. Lisa and I got a howl from that!
Levi’s sit is still excellent, and he’s very good about coming when his name is called. His down is still needing a lure to get compliance alot, the stay and wait is still in baby stage. But he’s also learning up (down to sit), stand, and the beginnings of brace front.
His hand targeting isn’t yet transfering to objects, so I’ll continue working on it too. I’m only giving him 1/2 cup of food in the bowl every 3-4 hours, because I’m using the kibble for treats after a click and we are training ALOT. He’s getting at least 4-5 cups of food a day total.
I’m going to try and convince Mom to at least take some pics and even see if I can get some videos up of our training. That’d be kinda fun! Cross my fingers though, since it requires her to be bothered with something. Still, he learns pretty darn well.
Later this week we’ll be in triple digits already, so our outdoor excursions will have to be early morning and late evening. That means a lot of running about in the house between 9am and 7pm, when the temps will be over 85F.