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Will Work for Food

November 5, 2013

Abbie Lynn rests

I’m happy to report that the second attempt at training classes for Miss Abbie is going much better than our first.

There are several reasons for this:

  1. She’s a little bit older and wiser
  2. Her new class is at her favorite place on earth, dog day care
  3. She goes to day care, then has class, so she’s nicely tired and can pay attention
  4. There is no Horst to tell me that she needs to be yanked around by the neck
  5. The new trainer uses positive reinforcement methods, and Abbie really, really loves a snackie

So I’m happy to report that she is a GOOD girl who can SIT and DOWN and WAIT pretty well. Next we’ll work on those things for me.


  1. Ruth permalink
    November 5, 2013 21:36

    Dogs really do want to please us….the reward confirms their success. And like Abby they need to be old enough to pay attention. I knew sweet, very ladylike elderly woman who in her younger days had trained assistance dogs for the hearing impaired. I’d been having fits with my dog and began asking questions. My friend raised her hand in a “stop” gesture and asked how old my dog was. Almost two, I told her. “Oh my dear,” she told me, “they’re not worth a damn until they’re four.” I about fell over laughing. And I learned to be a bit more patient while my dog grew up a bit more. In the end she was a model citizen…

    • November 7, 2013 08:42

      Older dogs are easier, but younger dogs are so dang cute. The mischief cracks me up.

  2. Gretchen permalink
    November 6, 2013 04:15

    Good job! I left one of those “yank harder” classes in tears once and never went back. I do not intend to make my dogs afraid of me! Fortunately that was a long time ago and I think even that club has evolved since then.

    • November 7, 2013 08:41

      This trainer is so much better. She has real affection for Abbie, since the place is where she goes for day care/funtime one day a week. Abbie just cracks her up with her antics.

  3. November 6, 2013 11:27

    Huzzah! I love everything about this. I want video. I want to snuggle Miss Abs. Hurray for force-free training! And double hurray for smart owners and wonderful dogs.

  4. November 6, 2013 16:48

    Look at how she hits that down like it’s her job! I love it, thank you thank you!

    • November 7, 2013 08:41

      She seems to take great delight in “down.” Today she kept sitting during our walk. I realized that those were the spots she sat yesterday. She has a good memory.

  5. November 6, 2013 16:56

    Don’t forget: Primary purpose of her training should be: Be nice to Jim.

    • November 7, 2013 08:40

      That is going to take a lot of snackies.

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