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  • Writer's pictureJose Ayala

Rocky | German Shepherd | Hacienda Heights, CA | In-Training


Meet Rocky! He is a seven month old German Shepherd who has joined us for our Two Week Board and Train Program! Rocky is here for basic obedience, leash pulling, chewing, and potty and kennel training. The goal for his owners are to have him follow instructions and to enjoy walks without Rocky pulling all the time. Rocky is a friendly pup who needs structure and over the next fourteen days, he will be set up for success, with hopes of becoming a well behaved dog. Check in to see his progress!

 

Rocky and I spent the afternoon getting to know each other. We settled in at home and had some playtime to establish a bond. Shortly after, I took Rocky out for a walk around my neighborhood and introduced him to Heel. Heel consists of having Rocky walk with me on my left side. Every time Rocky would pull, I would turn around and walk in the opposite direction. It took a few attempts for Rocky to understand what I was asking, but he began to follow through. Rocky will continue practicing Heel as it will now be implied on every walk we go on.


 




Rocky and I drove out to a local park today and was introduced to Place. Place is a technique that consists of Rocky getting onto an elevated object and remaining there in a Sit or a Down. It can be of great use whenever guests are over or if someone is knocking at the door. It builds confidence in a dog and that was the goal today for Rocky. To teach him, I walked him to a picnic table and guided him up with a little leash tension. Once his front legs were on the bench, I then proceeded to give his back legs a boost in order to have Rocky fully on the picnic table. After a few attempts, Rocky began to Place on his own, but is still a little nervous in doing so. I will continue to work on it with Rocky to help him build the confidence that he needs.


 

Rocky worked on his recall today which is known as Come to Sit. This technique consists of having Rocky coming towards my right side, going around behind me, and ending with a Sit on my left side. I worked on it by using leash tension as guidance to help him understand the concept. Rocky would come towards my right, but he would Sit behind me, and not go around me. To work him through that, I would take a step forward and use the leash as guidance to have him Sit on my left. Rocky is understanding the concept and is beginning to follow through.


 




Rocky was introduced to Down today. This can be a difficult task to teach considering that it is a submissive position to a dog. To teach Rocky, I had him Place on a table, and then asked him to Sit. Using leash tension, I began to guide him down slowly, and at the same time, I placed my free hand slightly above his back end to keep him from getting up. It took a few attempts, but with time and patience, Rocky accomplished his Down! Now that Rocky knows it, we will continue practicing and start increasing distance one foot at a time, which will also help Rocky maintain his Down for a longer period of time.


 

Rocky and I went out and worked on building his confidence a little more. We practiced Rocky’s Place during our walk in the shopping center by having him get onto benches that are spread out throughout the complex. Rocky was a little unsure about it when we began our session, but with words of encouragement and guidance, he began to hop on rather than climb onto the benches. Rocky did come out of his Place once, but we reset, tried again, and Rocky followed through. He is coming along and building his confidence more with the sessions that we work on.


 




Rocky and I spent the day doing a little

shopping. We began with a walk throughout the shopping center to have Rocky adjust to his surroundings. His Heel is getting better and I can now loosen his leash and trust that he will stay next to me during our walks. I can also ask him to Sit, Place, or Down, while I walk away and drop his leash as he maintains them without getting up. With this week coming to a close, we are going to focus on Rocky working with his leash dragging, in order to prepare him for his off leash experience.



 

Rocky and I went out for a walk around my neighborhood today and began working with his leash dragging. Rocky does fall a little behind at times but we are working on it to get it cleaned up. We also practiced an Extended Sit and a Come to Sit in which he did very well with. Rocky and I will continue working this way for the next few days, in more public settings, to work him through different distractions.


 




Rocky and I went out to a local park today to see how he does around different distractions with his leash dragging. We worked around dogs, people, scooters, bicycles, and kids on the playground. He did really well with his Heel throughout the park and his confidence keeps building up the more he Places on objects. Rocky was a little unsure when we practiced his Extended Down near the playground. He came out of it twice, but we reset, and Rocky was able to follow through.


 

Rocky and I drove out to a local shopping center and began working on his off leash conditioning. Rocky adjusted well throughout our walk and did great working around strollers and shoppers in the mall. Rocky and I will continue working off leash for the remainder of his Program, piecing everything he has learned together, in order to prepare him for his Final.


 




Rocky and I took a trip to Home Depot today and worked on desensitizing him from loud noise. He worked around a beeping forklift passing by, and customers with shopping carts throughout the aisles. In the lumber department, I used a flatbed cart to load a few pieces of wood onto it, and Rocky did very well following through. He also worked on his Extended Sit, Down, and Place, in which Rocky gets better with, as he nears the two minute mark we aim for!


 

Rocky and I took a trip to a local park today and worked around other dogs, kids in the playground, and people walking throughout the park. Rocky’s Come to Sit needed a little work today but we were able to clean it up. He did really well in our session today, and he also assisted another trainer by serving as a distraction for their dog. Rocky is ready for his Final and it will be the main focus these next few days.


 

Rocky and I have been working on his Door Manners since he had been in training with me. He would always want to be the first one through whenever I opened a door. To teach him not to go through, I would ask Rocky to Sit and I would then open the door. If he sat up, I would close the door and try again. Once a door was open and he remained in a Sit, I had Rocky understand that I am to go through the door first, and he would follow with a Heel. Through repetition and consistency, Rocky has learned very well and can wait patiently by the door for two minutes!


 




Rocky and I worked on his Final today and put on a very good performance. Everything he has learned was put together and came out very nicely. He did very well with the distractions around him, and has become more confident in himself these past two weeks. Rocky has great potential, and with practice and consistency, he can be capable of so much more! He has come a long way, and it is great to see the progress he has made!



 

Rocky has completed his Two Week Board and Train Program and is ready to come home! It was really great having Rocky with me these last fourteen days! I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to work with Rocky and for trusting me while I had him under my care. We became great friends and he will be missed! His Final will be coming soon, but here is a clip of Rocky building his confidence a little more at Home Depot!






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