• michael

Mookie | Ten Month Old | German Shepherd | Ventura, CA | In-Training

Updated: Sep 13, 2019





Pupdate 09/02/2019


So, no making fun of the trainer's picture taking quality. We live in the hills, so sunsets are often times very nice. Mookie and I got a late start up the hill, so this is the best we can do for tonight.

Mookie has been learning the E-Collar little by little. He is incredibly skidish which is causing the aggressive looking behavior. We passed a true aggressive dog tonight and Mookie simply stared and kept walking. It was great that he followed commands, but when he met something that was really a threat he backed way down. I'm hoping that with more of those engagements Mookie will choose to abandon the bravado of being a tuff guy and simply give more of the sweet dog that he is.


Pupdate 09/03/2019

So this is trainer Chris. Chris is a former Marine K9 handler and loves GSDs. Mookie gave Chris no trouble while I was watching, but Mookie pushed back when my back was turned.

Needless to say training with Chris was put on hold. Not big injuries, but enough that we are rethinking how best to work with Mookie.


Pupdate 09/04/2019

So this is a one mile walk up a hill (800 ft. elevation change) that overlooks Los Angeles, Orange County, and SGV. Mookie did a great job this morning. He ignored rabbits, dogs, one person, and a cat.

Looking towards Torrance, CA


Hacienda CC in the foreground, SGV behind.


Pupdate 09/05/2019



Pupdate 09/06/2019

Mookie demonstrating the place command.

Gentle leader and slip lead employed, just in case.

So this is our trip to Lowes. Mookie was/is nervous and as a result we are taking him out, but with less distractions. Overall Mookie did well; he was able to follow commands throughout the store, only barking at a palm tree that the wind blew.

As much as I want to push ahead, I know the best plan for Mookie is slow and steady, consistent growth.


Pupdate 09/07/2019

Mookie was exposed to the little dog park for about 30 minutes total. This video was taken after three passes. Mookie was sick to his stomach immediately from the stress. I have since cut this type of training.


Pupdate 09/08/2019


Mookie made the long walk to Starbucks this morning. His heel is very good, paid little to no attention to the distractions along the way. Mookie was on the patio with some water and other patrons. He ignored the other patrons entirely! This was a good day of training for Mookie.



Spent the morning down by the water. Mookie was awesome, ignoring the distractions and soaking up the warm, but not hot, sun. Mookie did fall asleep in the car on the way home, lol. Also, the is a picture of a bronze statue that Mookie barked at because he didn't know what it was.



Pupdate 09/10/2019

Pupdate 09/11/2019

Mookie was VERY calm around my daughter's four pound toy Yorkie. Additionally, I let him around our Grandbabies and he was perfect. Mookie met my son-in-law, another daughter, four of their kids, with no issues.



Pupdate 09/13/2019

Crowded morning at Starbucks. 10 people and one dog (plus us) equaled a challenging opportunity for Mookie. He handled it like a champ! No issues with the dog (15 feet away), no problem with the people; Mookie even got some loves from the guy right behind us. Mookie actually sought his attention/affection.