I’ve become determined to work with Delilah on her down stays.
It’s not an easy task.
Since she likes to be in the bathroom with me I figure it’s win-win. She gets to be in the bathroom with me and I get to work on her downs. The trouble with this is, she doesn’t always stay in the down.
I thought well maybe the floor (being ceramic and all) is too cold and she’s uncomfortable, so I took the bathroom rug and threw it down. She still got up.
Listen to your readers.
A couple of posts ago Jan said, “Some of the best advice I ever got was not to try to treat my kids or my dogs the same way. They are all different entities, with different needs and all of them have let me know what kind of attention they want from me.
It was hard to do but I finally learned not to reward bad behavior by giving that kid or dog more attention. Praise the good one and the other will want to copy that behavior.”
This comment really got me thinking. When I’m in the bathroom and I put Delilah into a down stay and she gets up. What do I do? I go back and put her in a down stay again.
I asked myself, “What does this teach her?”
I answered, “It teaches her that when she doesn’t do as I ask, I reward her with more attention.”
Jodi Stone, you are a bad dog trainer!
Look, I don’t want to scare you or force you to burn your retinas out with bleach so try not to visualize this too much. Today I got out of the shower, dried myself off and applied my lotion.
While I was waiting for my lotion to dry, I decided to blow dry my hair. Since I have short, fine hair I throw a little product in there, bend over and blow it upside down.
As I’m bent over in this upside down position with my hair dryer in my hands, who comes shoving her way through my legs.
First I laughed, because I’m dumb and can’t help myself but then I took the rug and put it on the floor and said, “Down.”
She sat on the rug.
I didn’t battle with her at all, I took her by the collar, led her out into the bedroom and shut her out of the bathroom.
Seeing as this is DELILAH we are writing about, I need to make sure there is nothing lying about that she will decide to chew up or I will need to make sure the bedroom door is shut before I banish her.
I’ve been using this technique for a couple of weeks in a number of different ways.
When she does not sit while I am preparing her meals, I stop what I am doing and wait. My motto is “Nothing moves in the kitchen if you’re moving.”
When we are eating dinner and she is supposed to be in a down on her place and she gets up, she goes in her crate.
Last night we were watching TV and eating our dinner, it was a pretty intense show and we were both fixated on the TV. I caught movement and realized she’d gotten up and gone over to inspect her bowl.
In the crate she went.
Get excited about this.
Let your mind soar as you think of the possibilities.
Dog doesn’t respond to recall = Dog stays on leash.
Child doesn’t clean room = Child doesn’t go to birthday party.
Husband doesn’t mow lawn = Wife doesn’t,,,,,,,,,,,
Where did you think I was going with that?
Book Update: I haven’t updated you about my book in a while. Truthfully, I wrote a really exciting part of the book and then I didn’t know what to do next, so I put it down for a while. But I’ve picked it back up and my book now has 25,051 words.