Coco | Wirehaired Pointing Griffon | Fullerton, CA | In Training
Meet Coco! She's an eleven-month-old Wirehaired Pointing Griffon from Fullerton, California here for our Two-Week Board and Train program! She's very friendly and sweet, but she has some issues with leash pulling, running away, and following basic commands. Stay tuned for Coco's fourteen day transformation!
Pupdate: Sunday, May 29th 2022
After I picked up Coco, we headed over to Highlands Park to start training! I'm starting her off with the Heel command. For this command, I'd like Coco to walk on my left side with her ears about at my knee. She loves pulling, so this will take a little more work, but I'm happy with her first day with me!
After the park, we went home where I let Coco get used to being with me in my residence. We started bonding, and I think she is starting to like me!
Pupdate: Monday, May 30th 2022
Coco went to Legg Lake today for her first full day of training! Her Heel has already improved since yesterday, and we worked on a new command today: Come To Sit. For this command, I want Coco to come to my right side, go around my legs and sit on my left side with her ears at my knee. She seems to be doing well with this one so far!
In the above video, you'll see Coco performing the Heel and Come To Sit commands. She even walks by a few other dogs, and doesn't veer off too much! At one point, another trainer walks around her while she's holding a Sit, and she gets up. That extra distraction proved to be a bit too much, but I won't hold it against her on her first full day! Great job so far!
Pupdate: Tuesday, May 31st 2022
Coco went to Almansor Park today for training! She started learning the Place command. For this command, I want Coco to hop up onto a raised object, such as a bench, and hold her position there. She didn't seem to have trouble with the bench in the above video, however, there was a different, smaller bench that she was a little hesitant to climb up on. Having her Place on many different objects can help boost her confidence! It can also be used in the household where you can have her "place" be her bed or a blanket!
Pupdate: Wednesday, June 1st 2022
Coco went to Brea mall today for training! Her Heel is getting really good now! She's also gaining confidence with her Place command! I expected her to be a little nervous getting on the massage chair in the above picture, but much to my surprise, she hopped right up and made herself comfortable!
We also started working on Coco's Down command today. For this command I simply want Coco to go from a standing or sitting position to fully prone, with her elbows and her belly on the ground. She did very well learning it, although she wasn't able to hold it for very long! As with her Sit and Place commands, I'd like her to hold her Down position until I either release her or ask her to perform another command. Really good work, though!
Pupdate: Thursday, June 2nd 2022
Coco went to an indoor mall again today because it was pretty hot outside! She's doing great with her commands, but I noticed she doesn't like walking up and down stairs sometimes! She was bracing herself and refusing to go down certain sets of stairs. To aid this, I coaxed her up and down the stairs a few times to show her they aren't that scary! In the above video, you'll see the end result. She's still a little hesitant at certain points, but much better!
Pupdate: Friday, June 3rd 2022
Coco went to the Santa Monica Pier today! She was a little nervous at first, because this was definitely the most exciting place she's gone so far! A scooter sped by us right at the beginning and startled Coco a bit. Then, another dog ran by, which Coco didn't like very much, but overall she did great! The more she's exposed to those types of distractions, the easier it will be for her to ignore them!
I thought Coco was doing a really good job with her commands, so I decided to try working with her while the leash is dragging on the ground. This gives me some idea of how she might act off leash, while still giving me something to grab if I need it. With the leash dragging, her Heel is good and her Come To Sit is not bad, but needs some improvement! For Place, she would sometimes hop right up on the object, and sometimes she needed a little help. It seems like she's heading in the right direction with each command!
Pupdate: Saturday, June 4th 2022
Coco went to Citadel Outlets today for training! I kept her leash on today and she is still doing well with performing her commands with the leash dragging! There were plenty of other dogs around today, but Coco's main weakness seems to be birds. So I'd like to see how she does with her leash dragging around a bunch of geese and birds before we think about working with her off leash.
Pupdate: Sunday, June 5th 2022
Coco went to Almansor Park today for training! She worked with her leash dragging on the ground again. There were plenty of geese and ducks around to use as distractions. Coco actually did a good job of maintaining her composure around the birds!
When I ask Coco to lay down, she often wants to come closer to me before she does so. I'd like to get her comfortable laying down right where she is without her feeling like she needs to close the distance between us!
Pupdate: Monday, June 6th 2022
Coco went to Wilderness Park today! She's becoming very reliable with the leash dragging, and I think she'll be ready to be off leash tomorrow. There were geese and ducks all around the park, and she did an even better job of ignoring them today than she did yesterday! She still wants to get close to me before she lays down, but it's certainly getting better!
Pupdate: Tuesday, June 7th 2022
Coco was off leash at Hollydale Park today! She did a great job with her commands, especially for her first day off leash! She was interested in a few squirrels running around, but she never broke her commands to try to chase them. Great job today, Coco!
Pupdate: Wednesday, June 8th 2022
Coco was off leash today at Citadel Outlets! She did an incredible job all day! I couldn't be happier with her performance with her commands! My only complaint from today is when I had another trainer holding onto Coco while I was video taping for someone, Coco barked and acted like she couldn't stand being without me! While I'm flattered she has taken to me so well, I want her to be comfortable sitting with someone else for a couple minutes, especially when I'm only about twenty feet away.
Pupdate: Thursday, June 9th 2022
Coco was off leash at Home Depot today! She did very well with her commands, as usual. There were a few objects and noises around the building she was a little scared of, though. I had her Place on a cart, and she had no issue hopping on, however, when she felt it wobble underneath her she didn't want to stay there for very long! She also was a little bit skeptical of the forklifts. Those can be very loud and intimidating, so I don't blame her for that.
Pupdate: Friday, June 10th 2022
It was another hot day, so we went back to Home Depot for training! It wasn't quite as crowded as it was yesterday, but there were still plenty of distractions to aid with training.
Coco did a better job of ignoring the forklifts and other distractions today. She also got a couple compliments on how well behaved she is!
Pupdate: Saturday, June 11th 2022
Coco went to the Santa Monica Promenade today! For her Pupdate I wanted to show some of the manners she's been working on. For greeting manners, I want her to sit nicely while she's being scratched by someone, without jumping or getting overly excited. For door manners, I want her to wait to be allowed out of the door when I open it, without rushing through. For food manners I want her to sit patiently for me to allow her to eat when I put food in front of her, without trying to gobble it all up immediately! For Car manners, I want Coco to hop up into the car, and then walk straight into her kennel! Coco has gotten good at all of these! Coco has made so much progress in the last couple of weeks, and I'm very proud of her! I will really miss working with her each day!