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  • Writer's pictureReine Melnick

Hades| Mexican Hairless Dog| Carson, CA| In-Training


Meet Hades, a 6 month Xoloitzcuintli from Carson, CA! He is joining us for a Three Week Board and Train program. Hades loves to greet new people by jumping on them and using his mouth to say hello! During walks, Hades has a hard time walking on the leash and tends to pull. While free in the house, Hades loves to counter surf and bite furniture. Hades will be learning Basic Obedience, Greeting Manners, Leash Manners, and House Manners! Stay tuned for his transformation!

 

Pupdate 6/5/22




Today Hades and I spent most the day taking lots of walks around the neighborhood because I wanted him to get acclimated to his new surroundings! Before we left I put sunscreen on him so that he wasn‘t sunburned while we were our walking! He was very curious and wanted to smell EVERYTHING! Since it got super hot, I decided to let him relax for a little bit before going out again! He did cry quite a bit in his crate but settled down and went to sleep! Once the heat died down, we went to a park near by and I let him explore some more! He definitely loves to pull on the leash and smell everything in sight. We will be starting his training tomorrow because he wasn’t too comfortable with me yet and I don’t want to stress him out!


 

Pupdate 6/6/22


Today Hades and I started the morning with a quick walk around the neighborhood before the heat kicked in! He was excited about the walk but pulled intensely on the leash. Due to his sensitive skin I decided to use a slip lead instead of having him on a collar that would rub his bare skin raw due to all the pulling he was doing. During our walk he was a bit stubborn and wanted to do his own thing. I let him smell around for about 30 minutes before it got too hot. Later we worked in my yard where I had shade. I started to teach Place and Come! He did pretty well over-all but had some moments where he was being stubborn. Once it cooled down a bit, Hades and I went on another walk around the neighborhood to try and work on Heel. So far very good first day of training! I did notice his skin is getting super dry (probably because I live in a very dry area of town.)


 

Pupdate 6/7/22






Today Hades and I started our morning with an early walk around the neighborhood to focus on his Heel and Sit. He has a very hard time walking next to me and tended to walk at an arms length. He was a bit resistant to the ecollar and would sometimes bite at the leash when he didn’t want to do what I asked. We will keep working on this throughout the week and make more progress! Later we met up with some trainers from the company at a park and kept working on Heel, Sit, and Come! Again he was pretty reluctant to perform some of his commands and would take out his frustrations on the leash or air bite. This is very typical for a puppy that isn’t fully understanding of leash pressure but will get better as time goes on! After about 45 minutes of just walking back and forth he finally relaxed and walked next to me. When I put on his shirt this morning, I noticed it seemed a bit too small for him. If you are ok with it, I will go to petco and get him a shirt that fits him better and covers his entire back.


 

Pupdate 6/8/22


Today Hades and I started the morning with a walk around the neighborhood to continue working on Heel, Sit, and Come. He had quite a hard time with his Heel because when he didn’t want to walk anymore, Hades would tend to have a mild tantrum and try and bite at the leash. In the video I go over how I help Hades push through his tantrums and why it’s so important to nip that part in the butt quickly! Later we worked at home in the shade due to the sun being out. We focused on his Heel and a bit on his Come and Place! He had a couple more tantrums during our session but after 30 minutes of pushing through them, Hades mellowed out and started to listen better!


 

Pupdate 6/9/22


Today Hades and I started the morning with a walk around the neighborhood to work on Heel! He did pretty good on our walk and only had 3 tantrums during the walk. Later in the day since the sun was out and the temperature was around 90 degrees, Hades and I continued our training in the shade at home. We focused on Come, Heel, Sit, and Place. He did pretty good and only had 1 tantrum during our session! After our session I put coconut oil on his skin due to it getting pretty dry from being outside. After taking a break, I decided to let Hades roam my kitchen area to work on his counter surfing issue. He tried to get up on the counter a few times but I gave him a firm correction while saying Off.


 

Pupdate 6/10/22





Today Hades and I started our day with a structured walk around the neighborhood and focused on his Heel, Sit, and Come! He is doing a bit better today with his heel but will get distracted by the smallest thing. His come has gotten a bit better and he won’t have as many tantrums when asked! Later in the day we went to a shaded park and worked more on his Heel, Sit, and Come. His Heel was better at the park and he didn’t try and stray off elsewhere! He seems to not be very interested in his food the past few days and isn’t eating as much. Due to him being sensitive to a lot of things, I am not sure what to give him with his food to get him to eat more. If you have any suggestions please shoot me an email! Other than that, Hades has been a very good boy and is making baby steps!


 

Pupdate 6/11/22


Today Hades and I started the morning with an early walk around the neighborhood to focus on Heel, Sit, and Come! He did fairly well but sometimes would get frustrated and bite at the leash when he didn’t want to do his commands. Later in the day, Hades and I kept working at home with his basic commands and started teaching Down. I decided to use a different leash in hopes of stopping his biting issues. It seemed to have made a bit of difference because the leash I used prevented him from biting it! He listened extremely well and performed the commands the first time asked! We will be continuing to use the leash I explain in the video to prevent any more tantrums and outbursts!


 

Pupdate 6/12/22





Today Hades and I started with a super early walk around the neighborhood to focus on Heel, Sit, Come, and Down! He did fairly well with the commands but had a harder time with Down. He tried to argue with me while working on it and tried to bite the leash a couple times. After our walk, we worked a couple hours at home due to it being 90 degrees outside! We worked on his commands and used the chain leash because I didn’t want to have him continuing to bite the slip lead. He responded very well once the chain leash was on and performed his Come, Sit, and Place very well! Once the temperature lowered, we went and tried working him at a Mall. He started out very distracted by all the people and dogs walking around. So we started over and stayed between the parking lot and the actual Mall! We practiced his commands multiple times until he relaxed and was more focused!


 

Pupdate 6/13/22


Today Hades and I started the morning with a walk around the neighborhood and worked on Heel, Sit, Come, and Place! He did fairly well with his commands and is getting more comfortable performing them when asked! Later we went to a Park and worked on his commands with some distractions. He did amazing with his Heel, Place, Sit, and Come! After practicing for a bit, I decided to continue working on his Down command because he struggles with that the most! At first, I tried using the shoulder method to see if he would respond to it but he was very adverse to it. So, I changed up my approach and instead I tried to guide his legs out beneath him, and he responded very well! So, I will be using this method for the next few days until he gets more comfortable performing the command! So far Hades is making progress and is learning very nicely!


 

Pupdate 6/14/22






Today Hades and I started the morning with an early walk around the neighborhood and focused on Heel, Sit, and Come! He has gotten a lot better about staying next to my leg when we are walking! His Sit has also improved quite a lot in just a few days! He doesn’t sit crooked as often and when asked to sit, he will do it the first time! Later we went to Janns Marketplace and focused primarily on his Down command due to that being so difficult for him to perform. I ended up practicing the command on an elevated surface to prevent him moving too much. It seemed to have helped quite a bit! The first couple minutes I had to use the leg technique as shown yesterday because he struggled a little. But after about 10-15 minutes of consistent work, he performed the command 3 times without any guidance! Huge progress!


 

Pupdate 6/15/22


Today Hades and I started the morning with an early structured walk around the neighborhood to focus on Heel, Sit, Come, Place, and Down! He has gotten so much better with most of his commands and even performed down without any guidance! Huge improvement! Later we went to an outdoor mall and worked on his commands while letting him drag a longline! He did fantastic and only made a few minor mistakes where he got up from a command but quickly corrected himself! He still struggles to get up on place and will avoid doing the command, but once I grab the leash and guide him onto the object he does really good! I will be focusing on getting him more confident jumping up on objects throughout this week!


 

Pupdate 6/16/22






Today Hades and I started the morning with an early structured walk around the neighborhood and focused on all of his commands. He did fairly well and was energetic this morning! Since Hades struggles with Place, we stopped at a park nearby and focused on Place. I worked on it for about 20 minutes until he was comfortable getting on the object. Later we went to Lowes to practice around louder distractions and he did fantastic! Super sharp with his duration commands and made only one mistake when he got up from a sit because somebody came up behind him.


 

Pupdate 6/17/22


Today Hades and I started the morning with an early training session around the neighborhood before the heat kicked in! We worked in Heel, Sit, Come, Place, and Down! He did a lot better with his commands and was very focused! Later we went to Janns Marketplace and focused on fixing anything needed! He did overall very well but broke his Place command (no fault of his own.) I believe due to the texture of the uneven surface he got uncomfortable staying on it for too long because he has no hair to protect him from skin irritation. Other than that, Hades did very well today and I’m very proud of him!


 

Pupdate 6/18/22




Today Hades and I started with our usual structured session around the neighborhood and focused on Heel, Sit, Come, Down, and Place! He was very well behaved and performed very nicely! Once the heat kicked in, we stopped by an indoor mall and focused on all of his commands around higher distractions. He was very responsive during our training and very quick to do his commands! He has also gotten way better with his Place command and is more relaxed while on Place! Later in the day once the heat died down a bit, we stopped at a park to let Hades have a relaxing break after training! He enjoyed rolling in the grass and smelling his environment!


 

Pupdate 6/19/22


Today Hades and I started the day with our routine structured walk around the neighborhood and focused on Heel, Sit, Come, and Down! He did so much better today with his Down command and performed it when asked! Later we stopped at a secured tennis court to work on his commands offleash. He did very well with all of his commands but struggled with Duration Down due to the ground being too hot. So I had him do the command correctly for a few seconds before releasing him! Then we played around for a little bit before heading back home!


 

Pupdate 6/20/22


Today Hades and I had a more relaxing day due to the heat and all the hard work he has been doing this past week! We started the morning with an early relaxing walk around the neighborhood and let Hades smell the plants and explore. He did very well on our walk and didn’t need very many reminders to Heel properly! Later we stopped at a park and focused on his commands while offleash! He was very well behaved and performed everything correctly! I am very happy with his progress and how far he has come!


 

Pupdate 6/21/22





Today Hades and I started the morning with an early structured walk around the neighborhood and focused on Heel, Sit, Come, and Down. He did very well with most of his commands but since it was already getting super hot, we had a quick work session and then spent time at home until the heat died down. Later we stopped at the outdoor mall and worked on his commands offleash. He did very well with Heel, Down, Sit. However when we practiced Come to sit from Place, he tried to trot away from me. He did this a couple of times before I decided it was best for him to stay on leash the remainder of the training session. Later we spent some time in my yard and goofing around while it was a lot cooler outside!

















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