Basic manners is important, especially if the dog is a big part of family life. Therefore I have introduced the foundations and Reggie is progressing well. My tone of voice has been essential when introducing the basic commands and I’ve been consistent with my words and conscious of my body language towards Reggie.
Things don’t always go perfectly...It took several attempts for Reg to understand the 'wait' command. By working together we succeeded and now have a calm and well behaved pup at meal times.
Living by the coast I was keen for Reggie to have an early introduction to water. Being aware that some dogs are a little hesitant about their first dip I wanted his experience to be positive and fun.
By using the ‘buddy’ system I encouraged Reggie to play in the water with Ivy and Jack.
Dogs learn a lot from other dogs and it didn’t take Reggie long to jump in and have fun!
One of the key lessons I am learning is that Reggie will grow and change through the course of the journey.
And as our bond strengthens it will provide a firm foundation for the changes ahead and the challenges we may have in the training process. If we grow together and bring out the best in each other then we have more chance of success.
More to come in my next puppy blog when Reggie celebrates his first birthday...