Meet Shiloh! She is a one year old old Husky from Oxnard, California here for our Two Week Board and Train program! Shiloh is a friendly and playful pup who does not come when called at home or around any distractions. She also likes to pull on the leash and struggles holding commands. Over the next two weeks, Shiloh will learn how to behave on leash and off leash, how to properly greet people and other dogs, and how to be the pup she can be! Stay tuned for Shiloh's Two week transformation!
Shiloh and I headed off to a local park to spend some time bonding and see what she knew. When we first arrived she was excited and pulling all over. She struggled getting into her sit and did not want to get into a down. She was very distracted and started jumping when people and other dogs passed by out of excitement. We then headed home to let her get acclimated to her new environment. She did only eat half of her dinner tonight but it sometimes takes them a day to adjust to the new surroundings and as we discussed at pickup she usually is a slow eater at times.
Shiloh and I started off the day introducing the remote collar and her come to sit command. When asking her to come the expectation is for her to come all the way to me and pop into a sit on my left side. At times Shiloh struggled with the steady leash pressure and would jump up at the leash trying to fight it. After some repetitions she did better with climbing up the leash, but still had a tendency to do it when asking for her to come and she was distracted by something. Her first session which is shown in the video was a bit tough but she progressed throughout the day! She did much better coming all the way to me but still struggled popping into a sit. You will see at times I add a light touch to her butt to help her get into that sit.
_______________________________________________ Pupdate 01/17/23
Shiloh and I started off some training in home this morning. You will see in the start of the video I popped a muzzle on briefly to work through some frustration she was showing. Instead of climbing up the leash today she started to redirect at my hand. It wasn’t her being aggressive but out of frustration with the leash pressure. Once she relaxed I popped the muzzle off and we started focusing on her place command and she did much better! We are taking it at her pace, but within that we need to push her through these frustrations and not allow her to redirect. We are focusing on our communication, loose leash walking, come to sit and her place command.
_______________________________________________ Pupdate 01/18/23
Shiloh and I headed off to meet up with some other trainers and work around some new distractions today. Shiloh did much better today and started to get into the swing of things! She still did come up the leash a couple of times throughout the day but it was much less and shorter moments of frustration for her. I have noticed the frustration usually arises when I ask her to come and she wants to blow off the command. We are working on pushing her through that issue but we also don’t want too go to quick to fast with her. We will continue working on all of her commands and adding in new distractions.
_______________________________________________ Pupdate 01/19/23
Shiloh and I headed off to a couple different local parks to focus on her holding sits and downs for an extended period of time and her come to sit command. She got multiple compliments today on how well behaved she was and how she was a great looking dog! At times she still is pushy when asking for certain commands so I am reinforcing with the leash. She only came up the leash one time today and paid little to no mind to all the other dogs and people we passed by. Her come to sit command is still a work in progress and one that we are focusing on but definitely is the one she is struggling with the most. She did better with holding place today but seemed uneasy at times on new surfaces so we will find as many as we can to work her through this!
_____________________________________________ Pupdate 01/20/23
Shiloh and I headed off to a couple local parks and Lowes to work on all of her commands. She did fantastic holding her sit and down for extended periods with people and dogs passing by. New surfaces such as anything metal or a different style bench seem to throw her off so we worked on finding as many new place objects to get her on! Her come to sit command is still a work in progress as she still struggles wanting to stay on that sniff or continue exploring as she pleases.
Shiloh and I headed off to a local busy baseball field first thing and then off to Lowes to work around some distractions! She did fantastic holding her sits and down for extended periods with people walking by, but at times when we got in close quarters she would break her heel and try to sniff the person walking by. She still struggled with her come to sit command but did better than yesterday! We also introduced some leash dragging today to work her towards that off leash goal. She did great with it in the low distractions but in some of the higher distractions areas she froze up. We will continue layering in all of her commands for longer periods around more distractions.
______________________________________________ Pupdate 01/22/23
Shiloh and I started off the morning at a local park and Lowes to work on all of her commands. When we headed home I noticed she was very excited wanting to chase the kids playing around the street so we took that as an opportunity to train! You will see throughout the video that at times she is focused on the kids moving and not me. She does well holding the positions but still focused on other things so we will continue pushing her and asking for that focus and attention! She is making great progress and we are just tightening up her come to sit command especially when she becomes distracted.
_______________________________________________ Pupdate 01/23/23
Shiloh and I headed out to a couple new local parks to focus on all her commands. We worked on dragging the leash, her come to sit command and her holding her down and sit command for extended periods. She is doing much better with her “come” command and only occasionally am I having to pick the leash up to reinforce or tighten her up closer to me. She is walking great and does well holding her sits and downs. She does have a tendency to lay down if I ask her to sit after about 20 seconds so that is something we are also working on. It’s important that when I ask her to sit she holds that position until I give her something else to do.
_______________________________________________ Pupdate 01/24/23
Shiloh and I headed off to a local park this morning to have her parents observe us from a distance to see how I work with Shiloh on a daily basis. Shiloh did well at the park following all of her commands. We did find a new metal place object that she struggled on at first but we were able to work her through that. Once we were done training I popped her into her kennel and had a chat with her owners. We went over how well Shiloh is doing and all the progress she has made but in the high distraction environments like Santa Monica Shiloh struggles performing all of her commands off leash. We also discussed how we can continue building her up and working towards that end goal of off leash control in those higher distractions. We will continue working on those higher distractions and pushing her to be the best pup that she can be!
_______________________________________________ Pupdate 01/25/23
Shiloh and I headed off to Glendale to work around some other trainers and dogs. Shiloh did well around the dogs and paid little to no mind to the people passing by. She held positions great and only needed a few reminders to not go from a sit to a down on her own. Shiloh did struggle with her come to sit and had a tendency to freeze up when asked. As soon as you grab the leash even without any leash pressure she gets into position quickly. We are continuing focusing on that and working on it around new distractions!
_______________________________________________ Pupdate 01/26/23
Shiloh and I headed off to a couple local parks to work on all of her commands. We focused on dragging the leash, her come to sit command as well as working on sending her away to place. Shiloh does well dragging the lead but when we work her off leash she struggles more. While off leash she has a tendency to still blow off commands at times and not follow through 100% around distractions. While dragging the leash she seems to be aware that I can reinforce commands easier. We are working and pushing her to be the best she can be.
_______________________________________________ Pupdate 01/27/23
Shiloh and I headed off to Santa Monica first thing this morning to work around some distractions. Shiloh did well with all of her commands on leash and paid no mind to all the dogs and people passing by. She did however struggle off leash. Walking, she did great but practicing her place and come to sit command she had a tendency to blow off the command when being asked and go the opposite way. With a leash dragging she does awesome with that as well it is just as soon as the leash is popped off she seems to be aware we can not reinforce.
After the pier we headed home to work on her crate and car manners. The expectation is when I open up the car door, Shiloh cannot jump in until I release her. The same expectation coming out of the crate she needs to wait until I give her that break command.