Training Chase

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Meet Chase. He’s our newest foster dog that we brought home on Tuesday, and you’ll never believe this, but…he’s already been adopted! Apparently Mom gives better sales pitches than she realized and found a coworker who has a friend that has been looking for a dog like Chase.

His new owner will be away from home for a few weeks, so we’re keeping him with us until they return. This is great news because Chase is less than a year old and has no manners!

I am faced with the daunting task of teaching a small dog (and you all know they’re much harder to train than other dogs) to have basic commands down in 10 days. I don’t want him turning into one of those snarly senior dogs one day. I guess I’d better get started.

So here’s how I’m going to go about doing this.
1. Sit
2. Come
3. Stay
4. Heel
5. Lie Down
These are the most basic commands that dogs will use every day and that are useful for keeping a dog from running out into the road. I want to work on these the most so that they are the most solid for when his owner comes back. In my house, we reinforce our dogs’ obedience by making them sit and wait (stay) before they are given their food. Chase still hasn’t quite grasped this idea, so this will be challenge # 1. We also make our dogs wait for us to go out the door first when beginning a walk. Given that Chase’s new owner is a bit older, this will also be a priority.

I think I will avoid the more complex commands of leave it, go to the crate, playing dead, rolling over, etc. there simply is not enough time.

On Saturday we discovered that Chase has an infatuation with kong toys. We also discovered that he does not much enjoy it when you take his favorite plaything away. Growling or snapping (which he thankfully hasn’t done yet) will absolutely not be tolerated so I plan on working on taking the toy away from him so that he doesn’t have a problem when his new owner decides he’s had enough chewing on the rubber toy.

Socialization to cats is important when his new owner has 3, so I’m going to work on keeping him calmer around the cats.

If you take anything away from this, remember to start training your dogs as young as possible so that they have basic manners. Even if they are small dogs, don’t let them jump all over you or be possessive of their toys. Dogs are much happier when you are the strong pack leader who will set down rules and make sure that they are followed.

Redirect

So, I originally started this blog to keep up with my writing skills during the summer and to chronicalize the happenings in an average high school senior’s summer. Unfortunately the idea became so overwhelming that I only posted a few times and did not accomplish any of these ideas.

Even now, I’m only writing this because I can’t think of a single thing that might be interesting enough for you to want to read about. I’m still in high school, so I feel that there’s nothing really that I could tell that would be interesting or that you haven’t done before.

I’ve been getting inspiration from this blog, write meg! who mainly posts book reviews. Lately though, she’s been adding personal anecdotes and updates mainly centering around her and her sister’s upcoming weddings. She is a delightful woman who has a job and a fiancĂ© and can write about things that are interesting. I have high school, no job, and homework. Yay… (At least I have a boyfriend, right?)

Anyways, I’d like to change the purpose of this blog a bit. Instead of just reporting on my dull, day to day activities, I want to use it to show how interesting life can be. This is going to be difficult and daunting, so please bear with me. I’m new to this whole blogging thing but I really do want to get better. Thanks in advance if you stick along for the ride.