One of the biggest, most important training philosophies I have walked away from this FDSA session with: If I expect my dog to be ready to work when I am ready to work, then she should also expect ME to be ready when SHE is ready. Tonight, my girl was on absolute fire. I have
Ember seems to be resistant to wanting to do the same thing every day. Today I wanted to see if the material she was aiming for could be changed to raise her enthusiasm. While she likes to grab socks on occasion, using one makes her reach into my space and is tempting to just lip
Ember is my “part time employee”. I tried this two days in a row, this being the second day, and she wasn’t really feeling it. I need to break up her work into different things every day or she just doesn’t bring joy to the table.
Shaping is a new concept to both myself and my little Ember. As sensitive as she is, and prone to pressure, she gets frustrated and quits at the first sign of “being wrong” – IE, if I don’t mark/reward fast enough, she just gives up – and there is no winning her back for a