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  • Writer's pictureAmanda Lascari

Bruin | Rottweiler | Inglewood, CA | In-Training

Bruin, a one year old Rottweiler, has joined OffLeash SoCal for our Two Week Board and Train program. Bruin comes to us with lack of following commands, pulling on leash, jumping, being easily distracted, and dog reactivity. Over the two weeks he will be working on his off leas obedience and manners. Check in to see his progress!


Pupdate 5/31/2022

Bruin is setting in at my home. He got to meet my German shepherd, but he was a little reactive. He is fine being around her but if she looks his way he barks. I’m not sure yet if it is aggressive or playful behavior.


Pupdate 6/1/2022

Today Bruin and I went to the park to work on his commands. I introduced and conditioned him to the ecollar. We practiced commands Sit, Place, and Heel. Place is a command where Bruin must sit or lay on a defined object. This command is great for building confidence as well as teaching him to be calm and relaxed. Heel is still a work in progress, but he is walking much better. Bruin definitely knows his weight. He gave me a good workout trying to get him into the car. I brought him around my Shepherd again to see how he would act. This time he did try to bite. So for now, Bruin will be kept separate from pack socialization.


Pupdate 6/2/2022

Today Bruin and I worked on his obedience around the neighborhood. We worked more on his Place and Heel. We practiced two new commands: Down and Come to Sit. He is a smart boy and catches on quickly, but likes to be stubborn and pushy. He decided to be nice to me and jumped into the car instead of making me lift him in.


Pupdate 6/3/2022

Today Bruin and I went to the park to work on his commands. He learned a new command,, Come to Heel. This command is a little tricky, but Bruin caught on quickly. I noticed he is very toy motivated so I used his ball as his reward. He is doing a great job with his training!


Pupdate 6/4/2022

Today Bruin and I went to the park to work on his commands. I met with my boss and his dog to help me work with Bruin’s men and dog reactivity. To be on the safe side I put a muzzle on Bruin. He wasn’t reactive but was very alert on where they were at all times. That‘s what worries me. I want to make sure if I take him out in public he doesnt become reactive to people or dogs that pass by or get too close.


Pupdate 6/5/2022

Today I took Bruin to a local shopping center to work on his obedience around people distractions. As we walked around people I had Bruin wear the muzzle. He did pretty well. We passed by people smoothly. Only a couple people Bruin became little too interested in, but when I told him ‘off‘ he looked away and continued walking. Bruin didn’t like the kids on skateboards and bikes. He was actually scared and would try to move away from them when they rolled by. We worked on the rest of his commands in an area that wasn’t so crowded and I took off his muzzle. If people walked by, he would look then focus his attention back to me.


Pupdate 6/6/2022

Today bruin and I went to the park to work on his obedience. We met with other Offleash SoCal trainers so we could practice around men and other dogs. First I walked Bruin around the three guys. He was fine passing by them. Next I had them each walk up to greet me with Bruin at my side; he didn’t growl or tense up. Next I sat Bruin next to each of them to see if he would be interested in them and allow them to greet him. In the video you can see him actually lean in on them but look at me. The leaning isn’t him being friendly but more of being pushy and dominant towards them. You can see he starts sniffing one of the trainers and becomes tense. I correct him and bring him back next to the trainer again. He gave me the signs of when he was uncomfortable ( licking his lips, side eyeing the guys, closing his mouth and becoming tense) and I respected him for that and would move him away, let him get comfortable and try again.

Next the trainers brought out their dogs for Bruin to work around. He perked up when he first saw them but did not react. He was very visual in the beginning, watching the other dogs walk by him. Finally he started to use his nose to smell them and read their energy. Bruin was a little uncomfortable when the bigger dogs came out, but I worked him around them and he was able to ignore them and follow my commands.

Lastly I had the guys take Bruin and work with him. If Bruin doesn’t know you and trust you he will try and test you. You can see him being pushy and not wanting to listen to them. One of the trainers was able to work him without the muzzle. Bruin does react to the second trainer when he is petting him. I slowed down the video to see when Bruin gets triggered. When the trainer had his head over him, that’s when Bruin got upset. I had the trainer asked to pet him again so we end Bruin’s session on a good note.

I appreciate email you sent me was very helpful and gave me good insight to better understand Bruin. The guys were also very helpful today. Today has given me a better understanding of what triggers Bruin and when he lets me know he is uncomfortable. I have more trust and confidence in him for when I start taking him out in higher distractions.


Pup 6/7/2022

Today Bruin and I met with the other OffLeash trainers and their dogs. Bruin got to work around plenty of dog distractions. I didn’t make him wear the muzzle. He did very well, even with a strangers off leash dog walked through our group.


Pupdate 6/8/2022

Today Bruin joined me on a little shopping spree at The Citadel Outlet. Bruin practiced his commands around plenty of people distractions. He did a great job! He was focused and obedient. Bruin received a few compliments on how handsome and well behaved he is.


Pupdate 6/9/2022

Today Bruin and I went to Irvine Spectrum to work on his obedience around distractions. He did very well. We practiced semi-off leash. I let go of the leash as we practiced some of his commands. As we walked around I held onto the leash because he was a little distracted with everything around us. Bruin would try to walk ahead or turn to smell the people passing by. He very well with other dogs we came across. If he became interested I would tell him ‘off’, Bruin would look back to me and continue walking.


Pupdate 6/10/2022

Today Bruin and I went to The Block at Orange to work on his commands around distractions. He worked completely off leash! He did an awesome job! He was very focused and obedient. Bruin got many compliments on how well behaved he is.


Pupdate 6/11/2022

Today Bruin and I went to the park to work on his off leash obedience. I was told to have him on a leash, so I just let him drag it around while we practiced. We worked on his distance and duration. Bruin was very good boy and followed all his commands.


Pupdate 6/12/2022

Today Bruin wasn’t his normal self. Usually he’s in his kennel, ready for to let him out so we can play fetch. Instead he wanted to just lounge around and sleep. I looked him over and check his stool, everything looks normal. Maybe he just wanted to rest and stay cool from the heat. So, we just stayed home and practiced his commands. We played fetch for a little bit and he was ready to relax and stay cool.


Pupdate 6/13/2022

Today Bruin and I stayed home and trained. He was still feeling under the weather and didn’t want to be active. I noticed he was eating grass and had thrown up yellow bile, so someg must be bothering his tummy. He didn’t want to eat his morning kibble. I tried giving him white rice but he wasn’t a fan of it. I gave him two tablespoons of cottage cheese which he actually enjoyed. I gave him a bath so he can be clean when he goes home tomorrow. We played fetch for awhile. He ate a little bit of his kibble. Bruin can’t wait to go home and show you everything he has learned!


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