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Friday, April 29, 2011
Chance Walking Update
Our last walk we had three great successes. He always picks up speed when we reach the end of the driveway ready to cross the road. This time he walked in a perfect heel position when we crossed and that was how our walk started. That's when I knew this was going to be a great walk.
Second was when we started down a new road that he hasn't been on since he has been in training. I had to reinforce his pull a few times, no little tugs were going to slow him down as he kept picking up speed. So I had to put on the brakes several times, but again the reinforcements were working.
Our third triumph was when we happened to be stopped and a couple houses down a raccoon crossed the road. This was the first time I've run into any wildlife on my walks with Chance and this little critter scooting across the road, was our first challenge for a dog a with a strong prey drive. Once the raccoon was on the other side of road, Chance made one move to go after it. I stood my ground, told him, "NO," and he sat back down. Chance went back and forth between following the scent and turning to talk to me about his situation as if he wasn't sure I understood what was going on. We must have stayed in that same spot for five minutes or more, as he continued to smell and talk to me. When his body language began to calm, we headed towards the spot where the raccoon passed. I wanted to gauge his reaction and see how he would handle as we got closer to the crossing. When we hit the scent he went began to pull and whine. So I made him sit, thinking that was enough for our training today and we turned around and headed home.
Read about our last update and progress at We Are Still Walking!