Coco | Labradoodle | Hacienda Heights, CA | In-Training
Coco, a 6 month old Labradoodl, has joined Offleash SoCal for our 3 week board and train program. Coco is a happy-go-lucky boy who loves to run around and play. He comes to us with typical puppy behavior: jumping, play biting, little obedience knowledge, easily distracted, etc. Over the next 3 weeks, Coco will be working on his off leash obedience and manners. Check in to see his progress!
Today I introduced and conditioned Coco to the ecollar. We practiced the command come to sit. He has settled in well and is having a blast with all his doggie friends.
Coco practiced his come to sit command. Today he learned a new command, Place. Place a command where Coco has to sit on a defined object other than the floor. This command is great for building his confidence when trying to climb onto new things, as well as a calming command where just stays put and relaxes. Coco‘s best friend, Kuma, wanted to help teach him how to place.
Took coco to a local school yard to work on commands. After his vet visit. we practiced come to sit and place. We started working on 2 new commands today, down and loose leash heeling. Coco doesn’t really enjoy the down command, so I had to lure him with a stick. He is getting better at walking on the leas, sticking to my side and not walking all over the place.
Coco working on the down command.
Coco starting his off leash training today!
Today Coco and I started working on his Canine Good Citizen requirement. The CGC test is an on leash test. I know he will pass with flying colours!
Photo of a clean Coco, minutes before he ran around and got dirty all dirty again.
Coco working on his off leash obedience at Lowe’s.
Feeding time with the pack. During feeding time, all dogs must be calm and wait while I prepare their food. There should be no excitement while waiting. Whenever I feed all dogs must sit and be calm in order to get their food. I start with the calmest dog first, followed by the next. This teaches the pack that the only way to get their meal is by being patient. Coco is fed last because 1: he is the newest member to the pack and 2: he learns that calmness gets rewarded with food. He is not allowed to get up to get up to go to the other dogs bowls and must stay sitting (or in a command) until I allow him to eat. This teaches him that that food belongs to me and is not allowed to go for it until I say. Coco did very well. When he was finished with his meal, he walked away and gave the other dogs space until they were done with their food.
Today Coco and I worked on commands around the house. We worked on sharpening up his heel by practicing turns around the weaving poles. We worked on his door manners and not passing thresholds unless told. He learned 2 new commands today, under and touch. Unlike Place, where he has to be on an object, for the under command he must lay under an object. This is perfect if you take him out in public, like a restaurant, and don't want him to be in the walkway. You can go under the chair or table. Coco caught on very quick to the Under command. It only took about 10 minutes for him to get it. The Touch command took a bit longer though. Touch was about a good 30/45 minute session for Coco to understand what I was asking him to do. Right now he is associating ringing the bell with getting treats. Starting first thing tomorrow morning, when I take him out to go potty, I will have him ring the bell so he can start associating the bell with going outside.
Today Coco joined me on a shopping spree at The Block at Orange. He did a great job with his off leash obedience around all the distractions!
Coco is getting better with the bells. He isn't at the point where he is doing it on his own yet, but we should get there soon. I switch out the word 'touch' with 'potty' so he associates ringing the bell with having to go to the bathroom. Tonight we took a drive to Beverly Hills and did some off leash work down Rodeo Drive. Coco was a little nervous at first with all the traffic, but he did an awesome job! He walked off leash the entire time!
Today Coco and I went to the park to test out on his Canine Good Citizen Test, which he completed and passed all 10 requirements. we had another win today when he rang the potty bell on his own to let me know he wanted outside!
coco is all clean and fluffy after visiting the groomer today. We went to the park to work on his off leash obedience while we waited for the newest member, Oakley the miniature Irishdoodle, to arrive. Coco helped introduce Oakley to the rest of the pack. He is still doing a good job at ringing the potty bells on his own.