I had to get "treats" (really just his kibble) out to get his attention on me initially, but once he was paying attention to me we put them away because he became very distracted (even now he is still licking at my pocket where I stashed his food). He did all his commands for me, and even did a down-stay while Darcie walked around trying to distract him. He stayed down while she knocked on the door, left the apartment and came back, played with kitty-cat toys, and rustled the food bag. He broke his down stay when she started playing with Toby though. Whoops! She showed me how to do the appropriate correction and after that he stayed for me the whole time.
Darcie also worked with Owen on some of his tasks and also teaching him the difference between "go to your bed" and "go to your place" now that we have both a bed and his mat for going out places (it's an orthopedic bath mat). After we did some command work, I learned how to put his harness on and off and Darcie showed me how tightly each of the buckles need to be cinched.
We also ordered a lot of things I will need from Amazon (like joint supplements, fish oil, a new collar, etc.) - but don't tell my parents!
After we gave Owen a break (he napped), Darcie and I went out to lunch again. But... today I was the one handling Owen in the restaurant. It wasn't flawless, I didn't choke up on the leash enough when we walked in and he thought about visiting with people who were eating and I got a little flustered so Darcie stepped in and corrected him. It definitely didn't help that the hostess wanted to chat with us and I was trying to be friendly, but all I wanted to say was, "Can't you see I don't know what I'm doing? Gah!" But I didn't.
Owen went under the table perfectly and laid down on my foot where he stayed the whole time. When it was time to leave I took my time making sure his harness was cinched up right (we loosened it so he could lay down comfortably) and that I had a good grasp on his lead before telling him "OK" and "Let's go". It worked much better and we walked right out with no problems. I used my over the shoulder leash today, and I really liked it. It felt really natural and while I will hold onto it like a normal leash, if I need to I can let go before my tics get out of hand and I know Owen will continue to heel like normal.
|Team Training is hard work!|
Earlier, Owen thought he would play with Toby and it was quite comical. He looks like a total goof when he plays, I will have to try and get a video of it at some point. Toby wasn't too sure about the goofball lab running around the apartment, but he didn't hide. He just jumped up on the bed and meowed at Owen for a while. I'm really relieved to see them getting along so well, hopefully they do eventually play together but for now, I'm happy that they are peaceful together.
Tomorrow we will do some more work with Owen's words and then in the afternoon Darcie and I are going back to school to go do some training in the classrooms on campus so that I know what to do next semester.