The silent training has given me a lot more information and knowledge about our two dogs. Becca becomes more aware and in touch with me when we work silently, she actually looks for my signals actively and asks for more work. Iza is always keen on working and comes to get me out of the office at least every second hour to do something. Becca has started to do that to after our silent days.
The silence is lacking a huge piece of the spectre that Iza and I use to communicate, but it has made double commands unnecessary, that is good!
Today we wanted something different to do, and as I've been using a cardboard box to hide things behind yesterday, I decided to use that. Iza has heard the word jump before, when she's been behind a fence or in and out of the car, but it has not had an exact meaning to her. Now I asked her to sit next to the box and told her jump. She tried all different things she could come up with but nothing in the right direction, so I added on finger pointing in the direction I wanted her to go. After two jumps with finger pointing, I stopped to show the direction. She jumped up on my leg, and was awarded for that. And then she jumped and jumped over the box 😂
Tilde who was there all the time said:
- Mum we have to hide that box now or she will be so disappointed when there will be no treats coming out of the air when she jumps back and forth while you work 😝
That is our Iza, give her a quiz to solve and she will have the time of her life 😍😍😍
Well all of us write here, both humans and dogs ;) At least that was the plan but it seems it´s mostly me Robyn who´s attached to the keyboard...