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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Jack's Loose! (Leash Walking)

From Runaway Risk to Off-Leash Hound!
Part 1. Level 1

Don't worry, he did great! In case you forgot we had some hiccups with his training in the beginning because he was a runaway risk.
Jack in the Beginning  and A Gate for Jack

We've been working really hard recently on improving Jack's off leash manners and recall because he might be going to his new family in a few weeks!  *Fingers Crossed!*

Using treats and a tennis ball sometimes for rewards I've been slowly working on his manners in different distraction environments.

Levels of Distraction - Level 1

I would place this environment at about a Level 1 Distraction, we are on the street early in the morning, no one is up and about except for the occasional car driving past. Other than that it's super quiet. I started him off on leash and made sure that I had his attention, did some leashed heel work hands free using a carabiner to attach him to my belt. In one hand I had a clicker, in the other hand was his treat (in this case we were using mozzarella sticks!)

What did we work on?
Every time he gave me eye contact, *click* treat, staying in the proper heel position *click* treat, sitting when I stop walking *click* treat, ignoring a distraction (cat ran across the road) *click* treat!

Still level one, we just moved to off-leash. By starting out on a leash I was setting him up for success by helping him to dial in and pay attention to me, this is training time.

Off-Leash Video #2
Sorry it's so dark...we're hoping for some rain today.

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  1. He's doing so well! I hope his home works out!

  2. YAY Jack! Making good progress!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  3. Aavry you have done an amazing job with Jack! Fingers and paws crossed here that Jack has finally found his forever home.

    1. Thank you! It's been a long road, but i'm hoping his potential adopters will keep it up and keep me up to date with all the fun they'll be having with him. :-)

  4. That's amazing! You've done a great job in bringing him this far! Let's hope his (potential) adopters continue the work with him - what a great dog!

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    1. Thank you! It's had it's challenging moments for sure, but it's nice to see how far we've come!

  6. Very nice job on Jack's loose leash walking! A cat crossing the street is a pretty strong distraction in my humble opinion ;-)

    1. Ziva can pass the cat test to now, Dante though.... he's so darn confident that he'll take off. LoL I think I got lucky with Jack in that he doesn't seem to have a prey drive. :-)

  7. He's doing great. I can't imagine my dogs leaving a cat off or on leash.

    1. That darn cat surprised us for sure! All of a sudden took off running out from under a car! I think Dante would have had to give chase, but since Jack doesn't seem to have a prey drive he looked at it but I think was more curious as to why it was running than giving chase himself. :-)


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