On Wednesdays, trainers and trainees take a field trip to dog friendly places throughout the triangle area. This week, everyone had a great time at Nash Square in downtown Raleigh. This is a very busy spot with cars, buses, construction noises, and new sights and sounds that dogs don’t typically experience in their neighborhoods. Downtown is a great outing because it shows the dogs, despite all the new distractions, the same rules apply and the same calm behavior is always expected.
How do all the dogs stay calm during this outing? All field trips begin with walking circles and following commands so the dogs focus and burn off some steam. This reinforces obedience everywhere, especially in new places! As the dogs walk, they see all the trainers and dogs around them doing the same thing: giving and following commands. This exercise calms everyone down and puts the dogs in work mode. A group of humans all exuding calm, confident energy really sets the example for their canine companions.
Current Trainees Roscoe, Bubbles, and Zoltan, Training Camp graduates Storm and Kip (both here for Continuing Education), and friends Sky, Forrest, Lexus, and Charlie all did fabulous! They got a chance to practice some Canine Parkour as well. Jumping up on benches and columns, and then being able to hold a sit, boosts the dogs’ confidence and self control, all while having fun!
This trip was full of learning opportunities for each pup. Bubbles held her sit on a column while her trainer Melinda was behind her. This is a huge accomplishment and confidence builder for Bubbles! Kip knows how handsome he is and poses while trainer Tracy holds his leash. Roscoe also shows self control by staying seated on a column. Storm stays sitting on a bench while her trainer Anitra walks away. For Storm, this is a big self control exercise that shows her nothing bad happens when her human isn’t right beside her. Meanwhile, Zoltan and Forrest hang with trainer Nick with lots of action all around them.
Everyone had a blast showing off their manners! Good dogs!
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