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  • Writer's pictureAmanda Lascari

Ivy | Portuguese Water Dog | Los Angeles, CA | In-Training

Ivy, a two year old Portuguese Water Dog, has joined OffLeash SoCal for our Three Week Board and Train program. Ivy comes us knowing commands but only listening when she wants of if there are treats. She chews on things she shouldn't, is mouthy, jumps, and has separation anxiety, excessively barks when people come to the home. Over the three weeks Ivy will be working on her off leash obedience and manners. Check in to see her progress!

 

Pupdate 6/11/2023

Ivy is getting settled in at my home. She got to meet all her new friends. She is a little shy right now, since she is still getting use to her new enviornment. I know she will show her playful side once she becomes more comfortable.


 

Pupdate 6/12/2023




Today Ivy and I went to the park to work on her obedience. I introduced and conditioned her to the ecollar. We went through each of her commands, so I could see what she does and doesn’t know. We worked on the Place command. This is a command where Ivy must sit or lay on a defined object. This command is great for building confidence, climbing onto new or trickier objects. As you can see in the video, Ivy was unsure of the dog cot at first, but as I guided her on to the bed she became more confident where she was able to climb up on her own without any leash pressure from me. We also worked on her Heel command. She is not a bad walker, but did get distracted a few times or would try to switch sides. We need some more work on her Down command, she gave me a little struggle with this one. It could be she was a little nervous with the new surroundings and hard for her to focus. But overall, Ivy did a great job on her first day of training!


 

Pupdate 6/13/2023




Today Ivy and I stayed home and worked on her obedience. We practiced all her commands. We worked on her duration and distance. I used her friends as a distraction and let them run around and play while we trained. Ivy did very well and stayed focused on me and her commands. Once training was over I let her join in on the fun. She is finally starting to open up. Ivy was engaging and playing with the other dogs today.


 

Pupdate 6/14/2023


Today Ivy and I went to Lowe's to start working on her obedience around distractions. I could tell she was a bit nervous when we first arrived. Her body posture was tense and tail tucked. As we walked around and worked on her commands, Ivy was able to settle and relax. She did a great job at holding her commands and staying focused on me. One of the Lowe's employees complimented Ivy on how sweet and well behaved she is. Ivy let the woman approach and pet her.


 

Pupdate 6/15/2023


Today Ivy and her buddy, Ravioli, joined me on a little shopping spree at The Citadel Outlets. Ivy got to work on her obedience commands around many people distractions. She was a little nervous, but I could tell she was more confident having her buddy with her. She did well following all her commands. Even with a child approaching us, she stayed in her sit command and let the child pet her. Ivy did a very good job today.

 

Pupdate 6/16/2023

Today Ivy and I spent the day down at the beach. We worked on all her commands. She did a very good job. She was focused and obedient. She was a little nervous at first but as we walked around and hung out, Ivy was able to relax and enjoy herself. Ivy made friends with a gentleman while we were there. She enjoyed getting all the love and attention from him.

 

Pupdate 6/17/2023

Today I took Ivy and her buddy, Ravioli, to the indoor mall to stay cool from the heat and work on their obedience around more distractions. We met with other OffLeash SoCal trainers and their dogs, so Ivy could work around other dog distractions as well. She better today, more relaxed and confident.


 

Pupdate 6/18/2023


Happy Father’s Day! Today I took Ivy to the park to work on her obedience. She was much more relaxed with less distractions around. We started working on her commands semi-off leash! I let Ivy drag the leash around while we trained. She did very well and followed all her commands. Today we had family over to celebrate Father’s Day. Ivy was a bit hesitant with meeting everyone at first, but eventually warmed up to them.



 

Pupdate 6/19/2023

Today I took Ivy to the park to work on her obedience. We practiced completely off leash! We need to tighten up a few of her commands, but she did pretty well. We met with another OffLeash SoCal trainer and his dog, so Ivy could practice around other dog distractions. She even had three little feathery friends that watched her train.


 

Pupdate 6/20/2023

Today Ivy and I went to the park to work on her off leash obedience. We worked on her distance and duration. We also worked on some new commands: Send away to Place and under. She did very well. Ivy was complimented by a gentleman at the park that was watching us train. He was very impressed on how well behaved she is.


 

Pupdate 6/21/2023



Today Ivy and I trained at home. We worked on all her commands. We practiced her distance and duration. I used her friends as a distraction and let them play while we trained. She did very well and stayed focused on her commands, even though she really wanted to run around with her friends. Once training was over I let her join in on the fun.


 

Pupdate 6/22/2023


Today Ivy and I went to Lowe’s to stay cool from the heat and work on her off leash obedience around distractions. She did very well inside. We walked through the isles around people. We worked on her duration and down as people and carts passed by her. She stayed focused and followed all her commands. She had a few of the employees approach and give her pets and affection. The only time she got a scared was in the parking lot. There was a large semi truck dumping sand. I let her sit and watch it until she wasn’t scared of it anymore.


 

Pupdate 6/23/2023



Today Ivy and I went to the Beach to work on her Offleash obedience around distractions. She did a great job! She was focused and obedient. She did great around all the bikes, skateboards and rollerblades. There were many dog distractions to work around. She ignored all the other dogs that we passed by, even the ones that were lunging and barking at her.

 

Pupdate 6/24/2023

Today Ivy and I worked on her obedience at home. We practiced all her commands and worked on her duration. We worked on her door manners, teaching Ivy that she can’t pass thresholds until given permission.

 

Pupdate 6/25/2023

Today Ivy and I worked on her obedience at a local shopping center. She did very well. She was focused and obedient. Ivy received a few compliments from people walking by, saying how impressed they are with her off leash obedience.


 

Pupdate 6/26/2023



Today Ivy and her buddy, Ravioli, went to the park to work on their off leash obedience. We met with other OffLeash SoCal trainers and their dogs, so she could practice around dog distractions. There were many other dogs running around at the park. We even ran into Ivy’s brother and her poodle friend, which was a nice surprise. I think ivy was more excited to see her brother, than he was seeing her. They got run around together for a little bit and then we said our goodbyes and went back to training.


 

Pupdate 6/27/2023

Today Ivy and i went down to the beach to work on her off leash obedience around distractions. She did very well. She was focused and obedient.

 

Pupdate 6/28/2023

Today Ivy and i went to The Grove to work on her off leash obedience around distractions. Once again, Ivy did great with all her commands! Many people complimented her on how cute and how well behaved she is. She sat nicely and let people approach and pet her.

 

Pup 6/29/2023

Today Ivy and I went to the beach to work on her off leash obedience. She did a great job around all the people distractions. There was a child that ran up to her in the middle of her training. Ivy was a good girl and stayed in her sit command while the child started petting her.

 

Pupdate 6/30/2023

Today Ivy and I stayed home for training. We worked on all her obedience commands. I used her friends as a distraction and let them play around us while we trained. Ivy also worked on her door manners, teaching her to sit and wait calmly if people are at the door, as well as teaching her not to pass thresholds until given permission. She also worked on her food manners, teaching her to wait until given permission to go to her bowl and eat.

 

Pupdate 7/1/2023

Today Ivy took the day off from training and spent her last day socializing and playing with her friends before she goes home tomorrow. I gave her a bath so she could be nice and clean when she sees you, but it didn’t last long. She rolled around and wrestled with her friends, getting all dirty again. Ivy has done a great job with her training. She can’t wait to go home and show you everything she has learned!


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