January 10, 2014
patti plays puppy
It smells kind of funky in this room with all these tables. Still, beneath the antiseptic odor I catch a scent of stale bread and meatballs. Sniff, sniff, sniff...not much on the floor here except dust bunnies.
Oh, here's Ms. Deb. I like her, she talks dog. There's a bunch of other two-leggeds around too. Sniff, sniff, sniff. Are those treats I smell over there? I can't get over there because there's this leash attached to my neck. Maybe if I pull harder. Darn. I can't. Get. Over. There. Maybe Deb has treats. I think I can reach her.
Wait. What's that? There's a flat thing on the floor!
"YES!" Deb says. Hey, I know what that word means - I'm going to get a treat! Yay! Got any more? I'm still worried about that flat thing over there. I glance over at it and Deb says "YES!" Another treat! Yum, yum, yum.
I wonder what that flat thing is...maybe I should check it out. When I take a step Deb says "YES!" again and I get another treat. I like this game! Now I'm really interested in what that flat thing is, I'm going over there right now. "YES!" Yippee, another treat!
Hey, maybe I should put my paw on it. "YES!" Deb says again, but this time a treat appears right from the flat thing! What the heck? Maybe if I step on it with all my paws...YAHOO! I found the mother lode!
This might not be what a regular puppy is thinking when it learns "mat," but that's what I was thinking when Deb put me on the spot to be her demo-puppy. My acting got more than a few laughs from the Baraga raisers, hopefully our skit gave them some ideas about how to "mark" and reward behaviors while gradually raising criteria.
|FLD Axel and his raiser practice loose leash walking after coming in from "parking."|
|FLD Bear is groomed by his raiser.|
|FLD Axel and his raiser practice name recognition.|