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Let’s Go Rally-O!

Kasey and I had our first Rally-O class last night at the new K-9 Jym (I hate the way they spell gym–it hurts my editor’s heart–but they are great people). I think it’s going to be so much fun. Kasey has not been in any sort of formal training in a while, and for a 20 month old puppy, he did really well. I’m so glad he’s well socialized and friendly.

Our main problem, well my main problem, is going to be keeping him quiet in between his turns at the course. He has a habit, when he’s on leash and around other dogs, of really getting his “big boy bark” on. And he has me trained…he’s figured out that in order for me to use the “shhh” command and treat him, he has to be barking. My suspicion is he just gets bored, but I’m really not sure what triggers the behavior, as he’s far from a barky dog in any other situations, the dog park included.

What I ended up doing was bribing him.  When we were working, I used dehydrated turkey dogs, which he works really well  for. And once we got off the course, I’d grab a stick of string cheese, hold it in my fist with a little bit showing, put him in a down and let him work on getting the treat out of my hand. My hand suffered a bit from this after a while, but at least it shut him up. ;O)  I think next week I’ll bring a kong and  a supply of peanut butter; it should have the same effect and save my hand. It’s a band-aid, I know, but I’m hoping he’ll just settle into the environment eventually.  Not sure what I’ll do if he doesn’t. If anyone has suggestions, I’ll surely take them.