At the start of 2011, I shared my list of dog training resolutions. They were all pretty broad, and some I’m going to chip away at all year. For a little bit of accountability, I thought I would share our progress.
Because he has to renew his therapy dog registration this year, I wanted to start prepping for the test (gulp) by taking him to a public location weekly and training at home 2-3 times per week. Well… I’ve only taken him to the park once, and he was so crazed that he barely responded to his name. I need to renew my commitment to this one. As for the in-home training, we’re doing pretty well with twice-per-week sessions. Which leads me to…
My second goal for Emmett was to train a new trick each month. We started one in January. We did three sessions. He doesn’t have it yet. Fail. On my part, not his.
In my quest to conquer Lucas’ leash reactivity, I decided to start training with a woman who specializes in this sort of thing. We’ve had two sessions so far. (I think they warrant their very own post at some later date…) We have gobs and gobs of homework to do, luckily most of it is to be done at home. Because my other goal was to walk Lucas solo 2 or 3 times per week, which hasn’t happened. Sadly, the boys have only gotten a handful of walks for the past couple of weeks, partly because of the weather (there is SO MUCH salt and ice melt on the sidewalks, Emmett limped home from his last walk 🙁 ), and partly because my work schedule through January was one of the worst ever. Not a good excuse. I know. I feel terrible. But owning up to it here… my commitment is renewed for February.
I have to gush with this one. On my three goals for Cooper – basic manners, socialization, and walks – we’re doing pretty well. Puppy class is going great. He’s done extremely well training at the park, and his loose leash walking is top-notch. In the living room. When the big boys are upstairs. Okay, that one’s a work in progress.
And, lastly, door manners for the whole group. Individually, they do great. As a whole, not so much. We recently rearranged some furniture in our house (related to Lucas’ training… again, another post for another day), and their beds are in a much better location for this. Once Cooper has a better, more solid stay, I think we’ll nail it.
Overall, I give myself a C. Maybe even a C-. Lesson learned: I need to schedule these activities into my days and weeks to really make progress. With Emmett’s trick training, for instance, one session a week isn’t going to cut it, so I need to make it a priority. Same thing with Lucas’ solo walks and Cooper’s loose leash walking. I’ll keep you posted…
What about you? Did you set goals or resolutions? If so, how are you doing with your goals for the year?