It has been so incredibly refreshing to go back to basics – I could feel myself rushing through training and wanting better results than I was getting with her and I knew I needed to slow down. This happened to parallel with many elements of my life that needed a little bit of a ‘whoa’ button hit. I took the time I needed, went back to ‘play basics’ with Nevis, and tried to do my best to just ‘rekindle’ my connection with her a little bit. It helped tremendously and I think that it set us up for success. I appreciated the comments that everyone made on my last “Back to Basics” post so much, it really made me think more about the ‘long term’ nature of training her and the pressure of the time constraint within this semester-based timeline. I had to come to terms with the fact that we are not going to be super solid and consistent on our training and commands by the time this project comes due, but we will be able to show the growth and improvements we’ve made over these short weeks. Looking at it this way has helped me alleviate unnecessary pressure I put on myself and Nevis, and it also helped me see these small victories as more of a success than I was giving them credit for initially.
Nevis has entered her ‘adolescent’/teenager mindset having turned 6 months old. The puppy that would follow me out the door when it was time to go outside now requires a leash to go to the backyard so she doesn’t dash and she puts up quite the fuss when it’s time to leave the dog park. She’s a little moody these days but it’s fun to watch her personality come out.
But man oh man are we crushing the “sit, stay, break” while we wait for food. *high five*!
Here are a couple of videos we took (with use of a tri-pod this time, instead of the usual ‘phone prop’). They focus on some back to basics work with “stay” and incorporate some “leave it”, and more movement from me around the house while she ‘stays’.
Practicing ‘Stay’: Round 1
Practicing ‘Stay’: Round 2