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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Blaze,Start Your Engines!
What a little hot dog and a head halter can do!! I had a great start with Blaze on practicing her leash training. I almost want to pinch myself! This couldn't be the same crazy, wild dog I tried this before?? Blaze was so great! Once she grasp what we were doing, it was almost like she couldn't get enough of it. Like she's just been waiting for the opportunity to learn. I was so proud of her, I felt like I was going to burst!
I started Blaze by putting on her no-pull head halter (like a Gentle Leader) and we walked around the yard several times in the heel position. Once she settled into that, I worked with her going out the gate. Which is usually our breaking point. She thinks she's at the Kentucky Derby when the bells sound, but with a little discipline and the wonderful head halter we were eventually able to go in and out the gate and into the driveway. This really couldn't be the same dog that was pulling my arm off, could it? Another thing I was surprised at was that she wasn't fighting the head halter, at all. That was a huge plus. This was the first time I had a leash hooked to it so that she was getting the correction and it didn't seem to phase her a bit.
I was very happy with our results and almost didn't want to stop, but I didn't want to overdo it either. It was so much fun and very exciting. As I have stated before, I have tried this with Blaze before, it isn't a completely new concept for either of us. I have always just struggled with doing those baby steps and usually bypass them by jumping in head first. I think time and maturity have done wonders for both of us. I am very impressed with Blaze and myself and ALL of the baby steps we have taken in the last three years to get to this point and I am excited at what all is waiting for us to discover together.
You can read our starting point with It is Blaze's Turn