Either Lyra’s food drive just kicked in, or I’ll be purchasing Freeze Dried Turkey Hearts in bulk. My friend gave me a few, and wow…..got some serious work out of her. Check out her heeling with something delicious. At the end I spent a bit of time working on her play skills; this shows opposition reflex without a toy:
Today she saw a dog about 30 feet away. She watched for a minute and then started barking and growling; backing up. Who knew Golden Retrievers were so scary? I don’t believe in “working through” problems in a 10 week old puppy, because they are rarely problems (as opposed to normal developmental stages), so I put her away. At the end of the Golden’s lesson, I brought Lyra out to do some work twenty feet from the scary dog. Just a little bit of exposure….no interaction….and a nice game of tug and chase with mom. By the time we had worked for a few minutes, she was comfortably working a few feet from the Golden with no issues at all. An excellent experience.
When it comes to the crate, Lyra has my family trained. I doubt she’s crated more than three hours a day. The rest of the time she manages to find someone (usually my husband or myself) to supervise her in the house. I’ve never been much good at crate training.