Carter is coming to the end of his Training Camp Plus program. His manners in the house have greatly improved, as well as not pulling or lunging and snarling on the leash! Carter came to camp with a lot of worry on his little shoulders. “Do I need to guard my food? Is someone going to touch me? What if they pick me up? What if something eats me on a walk? I better eat them first!” Carter wasn’t worried all the time, but some moments of anxiety would come out. That is not a fun state of mind to have!
Carter has been staying with trainer Kersti for camp and learning that he doesn’t need to take charge. The humans can be the boss and make decisions, and all he has to do is snooze, walk politely on a leash, respect space, and get belly rubs. With structure and rules, calm leadership, and other mellow dogs in the house, Carter has blossomed. Being a tenacious beagle, he will still test to see if the rules are the same, but with consistency he picks up on what is expected. He gets lots of mental exercise by practicing his commands on walks, which helps him burn off energy. Having commands to focus on also keeps Carter focused on his people instead of worrying over an approaching dog.
If his brain stays busy, he stays happy!