The fun doesn’t stop after a dog graduates camp! Jozie completed her Training Camp Plus program and went home last week. This week, trainer Nick is following up to see how Jozie was settling in with the new rules at her house. As expected, Jozie has been doing great but is starting to see what rules she can break. When she came to camp, her biggest issue was barking at other dogs on walks in the neighborhood, which egged her big brother Legend on. Legend is a German shepherd who has pretty good leash manners, but once Jozie gets going, he tries to take charge too. Even though Legend didn’t go through camp, he is still part of the pack, so we make sure everything at home is working once a dog returns.
Jozie’s training won’t matter unless both dogs are paying attention to their human. Trainer Nick also brought his dog Sophia along to be a distraction for practice. After walking in circles, giving the dogs commands to focus on, and helping Jozie’s mom see that she is in charge, Nick brought out Sophia to gradually build on distractions. Jozie and Legend got excited, but Nick showed Jozie’s mom how to keep moving and not worry about a thing. After that obstacle was overcome, it was time to go walk the neighborhood!
The dogs did great and were happy to walk with their mom leading the way!