Thought I would start one of these so I can keep track of things I'm working on with the little wiggle butt.
I got Aayla on 10/24/15 when she was turned 8 weeks old.
What we are working on :
- Playpen Training - Enjoy the playpen
- Crate Training - Enjoy the crate
- Name recognition
- Drop it - Exchanging toys and no no items for treats
+For the crate and playpen training I mostly have been working on the playpen and neglecting the crate. She is going to be left alone in her playpen when we are gone so I am thinking that is more important that she likes that. She has been in a crate or playpen before because after a few sessions of rewarding her while in the playpen with the gate open I was going to close it and reopen it immediately. Soon as it closed she went into a fit of crying, barking and howling. She pawed pretty fiercely at the door. I sat down next to the playpen but with my back to her and let her scream it out. The moment she sat down and was quiet for more than 5 seconds I let her out. From there I did a couple more open door sessions and then fed her in there with the door still open. Then I repeated to halfway close the door, treat and then open it back up. From there we have worked our way up.
She still will cry sometimes when the door is latched but it only lasts a minute before she settles down for a nap. I've been working on capturing calmness while she is quiet when I close the door and it is working great. She happily goes in and out on her own. She sometimes is choosing to go in and lay down by herself as well, sometimes with a chew. So that is going well.
+The crate is so so. I have a lot of work to do. It's smaller and she is a lot more restless in there. The first night I spent half of the night on the floor and half in my bed. She did a lot of circling, laying down, getting up and repeating. I think she isn't a huge fan of fluffy beds yet, I might take that one out and just replace with a blanket. She does not like being locked in there, will go in hesitantly with a lure. but bolts as soon as the door moves. Sadly I've been really sick and sleep deprived so I have been just putting her in there with a stuffed kong and closing the door at night. I sit next to her and she is fussy for a few minutes before settling down and I moved to the bed. She isn't a fan of it and won't go in on her own for the most part, and it doesn't have enough room to really lure her in all the way right now. (Its a big crate so right now it's blocked off its wider than it is deep)
+For housebreaking she is a champ. I'm only three days in so I can't really start to celebrate yet but I'm really impressed by how easy she is being for the moment. I'm taking her out about every 1-2 hours. (After she wakes up from sleeping/naps, a little while after food or if I notice her sniffing the ground a lot) Soon as her feet touch grass she will pee immediately. If she has to poop she needs about 3 minutes of walking around before she goes. Right now she has had two accidents in the house, but that was before I started to understand her warning signs. I picked her up soon as she squatted and carried her outside, where she would finish her business. Now she is starting to head towards the door when she has to go. Not all the time, but about 50% she just walks over on her own. Which makes me so happy!
+Name recognition I need to work more on it. She already seems to react when I say her name but I think she is picking up on my tone of voice. I'm planning on having some name recognition sessions this week.
+She hasn't acted like guarding anything yet, but thought it would be a good exercise to do. Right now its a little hard to get her attention when she is pulling on a tug or chewing on something. Soon as she noticed I have a treat she drops it and wags her little stump of a tail. She isn't connecting a drop it command to it...though I didn't expect her to yet.
+Come is difficult because she never leaves my side when she is out. I feel like I'm going to have to teach her stay first or recruit my BF for the game kikopup suggests for recall with two people. If she wanders off I say her name then come here. I still think she is only reacting to my tone of voice but it works which is nice.
+ For sit we are just using a lure right now. She pretty much got it within a single session. If I hold the treat above her nose she sits down and will wait about 5 seconds. I'm trying to extend that and associate the word sit with it and a hand cue but I can tell that connection is going to take a little while. She doesn't quite have a grasp on learning things yet. I can't wait to get my clicker to come in. But its going to take a few days for it to ship. (I hate the ones in stores around here they are so loud!)