Aug 17, 2009

Training Addie: Session #6

Today was a BIG day for Addie! It was her first training session held at the dog park in Fort Worth. I was nervous, not knowing how she was going to act. This was the best place possible for distractions though.

Matt worked on the basics with Addie to get her use to the place. From time to time when a new dog would enter the park they would charge right over to her but she did good. I believe that Addie was as nervous as I was. While she was in her down/stays every so often she would whimper a bit and inch toward us. She would stick her nose up in the air and could smell where we were.

 
Matt praising Addie.

 
Heeling

 
Down and Stay

After her lesson, Matt released her and said go play! Addie ran right over to us but shortly after that she started to explore, each time going farther and farther away from us. She would check in on us running back to make sure we were in the same spot. And guess what our Miss Addie found...

MUD! Guess who is getting a bath tonight!!

 

I never took my eyes off her and at one point saw her paw at the ground and then she was down. When she trotted back over I saw the mud. That was a small price to pay for the great experience that she had tonight. We got to meet some of the regulars, one of which is a client of Matt's. Our sweet new friend filled us in on the dog park. What dogs to avoid and that sort of thing. We appreciated the info and hope to see her and her dog Annie there again soon. Lucie was not pleased at all being left at home and let Addie have it!

After our class Matt was heading to see a new client for the first time.

 
Yep, Selby is going to begin learning that she is not the boss and that biting is a very bad thing. I can't wait to hear how their session goes. I hope she doesn't bite him.

10 Treats:

Princess Eva and Brice said...

Working at the dog park is a big challenge. Great to hear that Addie did well.


Brice

p.s. Momma makes me do obedience at the park too when I'm not listening very well.

Huskee and Hershey said...

Oooo.. Addie found the (muddy) jackpot!!

Hershey's also learnt her commands pretty well.. care if I share with you?

Down and Stay = Lying on me when I am on the bed fast asleep (last night I woke up thinking that the ceiling crashed on me cos Miss Hershey decided at 3am that the most comfortable part of the whole room is ON TOP of me).

Lean said...

Addie looks so beautiful and i think he smels no more muddy.
bye bye,Lean

Abby said...

Hi, You Guys...

Sounds like Addie did very well & found some great mud to play in...

I've been training My Mom alot lately...I do the silly "sit/stays" & "leave it's" & she gives me treats...

She thinks she is training me...HaHa...

Abby xxxooo

Woodrow, Sweetie, MJ Campanella said...

we practice at the park all the time - wood is the only one who listens - but then again the other 2 are deaf

Woodrow - Sweetie - MJ

Paco,Milo, Maya and mommy Simona said...

WOOWOWOOOOOOO!!!!
CLAP CLAP CLAP!!!!
Well done dear Addie!!!!!
You look soooooooo great and focused on your session!!!
Awwwwwwww.....we would love to be good like you!!!!!
We can't stay fixed for more than 10 seconds!!!!
Waaawaaaawwaaaaaaa!!!!!
AND...OMDDDDDDDDDDDD!!!
You found mud!!!!!!
We love it!!!!!
And rolling in it!!!!!
Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeee...can we come with you next time and playing together in the mud!!!!!!!!?????
You look very very very beautiful!!!!
WE LOVE YOUUUUUUUUUU!!!!
Sweet kisses and licks!!!
HAve a great day!!!
And give special kisses to your mommy and to your sisters

Maggie and Mitch said...

Way to go, Addie!
Bummer about the bath!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

The OP Pack said...

We love following your training sessions. Mom says she would love to find someone to come here and do private lessons for us - we say only if they come armed with lots of tasty treats")

Tail wags, the OP Pack

Amber and Nala said...

Good job Addie but sorry about the bath! :( At least you had fun in the mud for a bit. :)

Nala

River said...

That's probably the best place to work--to learn not to be distracted by distractions. Of course, my mom doesn't even try with us bol That didn't look like too much mud to me. It will all dry and rub off anyway...

love & wags,
River

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