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Maya | Rhodesian Ridgeback | Sherman Oaks, Ca | In- Training


Meet Maya! An three year old Rhodesian Ridgeback from Sherman Oaks Ca, here attending our two week board and train program! Maya is a social pup with all dog and people! Along with being social, she's also a very loyal and playful pup that loves to cuddle! Although Maya is a sweetheart, she does have a few things she needs work on, which is on and off leash obedience, in home and outdoor manners, crate training, and impulse control around squirrels due to her high prey drive. Over the next two weeks Maya and I will be working on our on and off leash obedience daily along with manners in and out of the house on a daily basis. Through out the two weeks that she's here, her training will be consistent along with kennel training, and she will begin to build structure! Tune in to Maya blog on a daily basis to watch her progress!


 

Pupdate 5-13-2023



Today Maya and I went on evening walk and training around my neighborhood! Today we focused on showing leash pressure to Maya and see what she knows already! Maya is a smart pup and already knows leash pressure for sit and down. She knows it but only if food is around or consistent pressure for her to finally sit not down. Along with some leash pressure we also worked on engagement, just getting her focused more on me and not the environment around her. Maya is a awesome pup and I can’t to see what she’s got in the tank! 



 

Pupdate 5-14-2023



Today Maya worked on our intro to ecollar along with pairing the ecollar to the leash pressure for the commands sit and down, she did a amazing job at ecollar into so i started to pair the ecollar stimulation to the leash pressure! She’s picking up the sit and down commands but her heel command is a work in progress! After our session on my neighbor’s driveway, we went for a long walk around my neighborhood to decompress her! Overall Maya is doing a great job!


 

Pupdate 5-15-2023



Today Maya and I went to the local park by my house in San Dimas Ca, to work on some more of our obedience with the ecollar tool. Today we focused on having Maya hold her down position along with some socialization after our park time. During our session Maya did a great job at responding to the ecollar and is picking it up! During socializing Maya was able to hangout and decompress with my other board and train Merlin along with my personals dogs Kisa and Pain! 


 

Pupdate 5-16-2023



Today Maya and I went back to the park to work on more ecollar along with working next to Kisa for distractions. Maya did a great job at responding to the ecollar stimulation, especially for her sit, down , and place commands. The only thing she is a bit stubborn about is the heel command. She has a bad habit of liking to lead everyone and everywhere we go. We are still working on making sure she has a full understanding of the heel command. Every time she decides to lead past my knee, I just turn 180 degrees and walk the position direction along with the Ecollar stimulation teaching her to follow me. As soon as she gets to my side the pressure from the stimulation disappears! Showing her the same picture over and over again she will start to pick it up quicker and quicker!


 

Pupdate 5-17-2023



Today Maya and I went to the local Lowes in San Dimas Ca, by my house to get some training in around different sounds and smells from the wood and equipment around Lowes. Maya did a great job at respond to the ecollar stimulation, we also proofed her down command on different objects. As well as holding her positions around distractions. Maya has a bad habit of leading so we are really working on making sure she has a fully understanding of the heel command, she at times likes to ignore the Ecollar stimulation, whenever she does I simply just up the stimulation to communicate with her to come back to my heel side. Overall she still did a great job at working around the lowes and responding to my commands!


 

Pupdate 5-18-2023



Today Maya and I went to Santa Monica pier to work on our obedience commands around distractions! Maya did a great job at following through with commands, just at times she does break her down position at times, whenever she does it’s important to catch her right away and put her back into the positions she was supposed to be in. Overall she did a lot better today on the heel command, even with the heavy distractions we had today around us! Maya did a great job today, we are working on getting her fully off leash and only using the ecollar tool to communicate with her!


 

Pupdate 5-19-2023



Today Maya and I went back to our local park in San Dimas Ca, to get some more work in, today we focused on working with only the Ecollar stimulation along with only just the leash dragging on the ground. We worked on only using the ecollar stim to communicate with Maya and she did a great job . Today we focused a lot on the come command , which directs her to come to our right and loop around and sit on our heel side. She did a great job at picking it up! We will continue to work on getting her fully off leash by the end of this weekend!


 

Pupdate 5-20-2023



 Today Maya and I worked on her obedience commands all done with the leash dragging on my driveway. Maya at first needs some time to warm up, typically it takes me about 5-8 minutes of warming her up and getting her used to the ecollar stimulation. After that she will start following though with commands a lot better. Her come command is fairly better but still needs a lot of work, as well as her heel command. Her place ,sit,  and down commands are good. She has a solid understanding of the Ecollar stimulation for those commands. Overall we will be proofing her commands a lot more before we go fully off leash!


 

Pupdate 5-21-2023



Today Maya and I worked a lot on our  in-home  manners at home, we focused a lot on her holding her place command on different parts of the house. All done with other dogs walking around her. Maya has a clear understanding of the place command, it’s just at times whenever she sees someone, she thinks it’s playtime and she always needs to greet them first. I had my siblings walk around the house while she was holding her place and down commands . After reinforcing her a couple times she was able to pick it up and not break her positions anymore. Next week Maya and I will be adding more and more distractions to our training along with being off leash! 


 

Pupdate 5-22-2023



Today Maya and I worked on our in home door manners around distractions with my other pup for our afternoon session, later on in the evening Maya and I will be heading to Lowe’s to proof more of our obedience off leash. Maya has a clear understanding of all of the commands that’s being asked , as well as holding her positions whenever the door opens, at first Maya had a bad habit of rushing out the door whenever it would open. Whenever she does I simply just put her back in to the down position with the Ecollar stimulation as well as body pressure and closing the door repeatedly every time she gets up. We worked on proofing her indoor manners a lot only because it’s one of the most important aspects to her training! 


 

Pupdate 5-23-2023



Today Maya and I went to the local park in El Monte Ca, to get some off leash training alongside other offleash members and their board and train dogs. Today we worked on proofing all of her obedience commands all off leash around other dogs, which she did a great job on! She was also able to hold her positions around distractions for more than 5 minutes at a time. Overall I’m proud of Maya and the progress she has made! We will continue to add more and more distractions to our training.


 

Pupdate 5-24-2023



Today Maya and I went to the local Lowes to work on our off leash obedience. Today at Lowe’s there were a lot of distractions going on from forklifts and saws cutting wood near us. Maya did a great job at following through with all of her commands. At times she still does try to test and wonder off and sniff other things whenever she thinks you are not paying attention. Maya also knows to hold her positions, no matter the distractions around her. She is able to hold her positions for longer than 5 minutes at a time if needed. Overall Maya is doing a great job on her training and is excelling! 



Unfortunately Maya had accidentally gotten a small cut on her back from jumping into the crate and over night she was laying in the crate and scratching her cut on the air holes of the crate. Today I had put some ointment and will continue to do so. I added some extra padding in the kennel to help her avoid irrational the cut, but unfortunately after a few hours, she pushed all of the blankets to the front of the kennel. I will continue to monitor her cut every few hours to make sure she’s not scratching it on the kennel. 

 

Pupdate 5-25-2023



Today Maya and I went back to the local park to proof our training more around distractions from animals at the park such as squirrels and rabbits that run around the park. Today we focused on proofing her distance come command along with having her hold her positions at a distance for longer than 3 minnutes at a time. Maya also has a clear understanding of the heel command and will no longer pull, however Maya is super smart and knows when she has and doesn’t have the ecollar on! Tomorrow we will be proofing our in home manner more. Tomorrow we will be going to Santa Anita Mall to proof more of our training around more distractions!


 

Pupdate 5-26-2023



Today Maya and I went to Del Amo Mall in Torrance CA, to work on our off leash obedience around distractions. In our pupdate today we demonstrated her off leash heel to sit and stay around distractions, she was able to hold her position for longer than 2 minutes! Maya did a great job on the heel command around heavy traffic flow from lots of shoppers no more pulling or leading us anymore. Overall Maya did a great job today in a heavily distracted environment!



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