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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Sit, Down, Stay!

      Being stuck at home for the first weeks gives us lots of time to work on obedience before going out into public settings.  Jet has learned the commands of Sit, Wait, Come, Down, Okay, and Stay.  We are also working on accepting the Gentle Leader.  He is making adequate progress with it.  He wasn't sure about it at first and threw a little tantrum, but he has since seemed to accept it.

    He is so cute when he does his Down command.  He seems very nervous about doing it each time and it's quite a process for him to get into the down position.  First, he stares at me for a long time to see if I'm serious.

 Then, he very carefully and gingerly taps the floor  in front of him with his paw, rotates his hips to the side (not sure if that's correct, but it's what he's doing for now) and very slowly and carefully starts to work his way down.  If I happen to be there close in front of him he reaches out one paw and holds my hand  as he's going down!

And, finally, we get the praise!  (Sometimes he needs cheering on through his entire process, but that's getting better!)

  It must be very scary getting into a down position!

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