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  • Writer's pictureJose Ayala

Tater | Australian Labradoodle | Rolling Hills Estates, CA | In-Training

Meet Tater! He is a two year old Australian Labradoodle who has joined us for our Two Week Board and Train Program. He is here for basic obedience, jumping to greet, and not coming when called. He takes toys and other items around the house and it can be difficult to get them back. He will run off and chase other dogs walking by in his front yard, and gets overly excited around kids. Over the next fourteen days, Tater will work on his behavior and be set up for success, with the hopes of becoming a well behaved pup. Check in to see his progress!


Tater and I spent the afternoon getting to know each other. We went for a walk throughout the park to establish a bond and I introduced him to Heel. Heel consists of having Tater walking next to me on my left side. He pulls slightly on his leash and will veer off to the left when walking. To keep him from doing so, I would turn to the right and have him catch up to me. It is a work in progress, but Heel will now be implied on every walk we go on.


Tater and I continued to work on his Heel more today and he has shown very good improvement. He is learning to stay next to me throughout our walk, and he is no longer veering off to the left like he used to. During our morning walk, he was distracted by a dog nearby in a front yard, but with a little leash tension towards me, Tater ignored the dog and we continued with our walk. He also got to work around different dog distractions and he did really well following through and not reacting towards them.


Tater was introduced to Place today. This technique consists of having Tater getting onto an elevated object and remaining there in a Sit or a Down. It builds confidence in a dog and can be of great use whenever guests are over or if there is a knock on your door. Tater is very confident as he was able to Place almost immediately without any leash tension to guide him through it. He is understanding the concept very well, and follows through with every object I ask him to Place on.


Tater and I worked on Come to Sit today. Come to Sit is the recall command which consists of having Tater come towards me on my right side, go around behind me, and Sit on my left side. The first few reps, Tater would stop as soon as he reached my right side. To assist him in not doing so, I used a little leash tension to get him moving behind me and having him Sit on my left side. We have been working on it consistently, and Tater is improving with more guidance and repetition.


Tater was introduced to Down today. Down can be a difficult technique to teach considering it being a submissive position to a dog. To teach Tater, I asked him to Sit, and then used leash tension to guide him towards the ground. He sat up during our first attempts, so I placed my hand over his back and kept him from getting up by applying slight pressure whenever he made an intent. It took time and patience, with breaks in between to avoid frustration, but Tater was able to accomplish his Down.


Tater and I drove out to the Santa Monica Pier to work on what he knows in a public setting. He does well with low level distractions, so today I decided to increase the distractions and have Tater around more people and dogs. He did really good, but slipped off of the bench while working on Place due to the fact that it was a little more narrow than the usual objects, but Tater still managed to follow through. We will continue working in more public areas to have him fully adjusted to high distracting environments. Tater has learned all of his commands, and will now work on maintaining them by increasing distance and duration.


Tater has been working on his Extended Sit and was having trouble maintaining it whenever I would start increasing distance. He would almost immediately come out of it as soon as I stepped away. To help him with that, I moved back one foot at a time with five second increments. One foot back is five seconds, two feet back is ten seconds, three feet back is fifteen and so on. Tater is still working on it and he is progressing. He is almost up to one minute, and today I was able to go around Tater full circle without him coming out of his Sit.


Tater and I went out for a walk around my neighborhood and began working on Heel with his leash dragging. We had a few warm up sessions in my backyard which went very well before taking him out. Tater did good throughout our session and ignored dogs in the distance barking from their front yard. In the coming days, Tater and I will continue with his leash dragging around more distractions in public areas.


Tater and I worked on Place in a high distracting environment with his leash dragging. He does very well in public areas and quickly adjusts to his surroundings. He did great hopping onto the object given its size and texture. He is a very confident dog and continues to build it as his training progresses. He did struggle quite a bit with his recall but we are working on it to have it cleaned up as he prepares for his off leash experience.


Tater and I drove out to a local shopping center today and worked on his Extended Down along with his recall. He was having a little trouble maintaining his Down whenever someone walked a little too close by him. He would come out of it and come straight towards me. With a few resets, I helped Tater worked through it, and he can hold his position for almost two minutes with a good amount of distance from me as well.  Tater was still having trouble with his recall since he is used to the leash tension, but he is making good progress the more we work on it.


Tater and I drove out to a local park today and did some final leash dragging exercises in order to have him working fully off leash. We practiced all of his commands and the one he had trouble with the most was Place. He would stop and just place his front paws on the objects initially, so I began to guide him with leash tension. After a few repetitions, Tater began to catch on and began to Place on his own. Over the next few days, Tater will be working off leash as he prepares for his Final video.


Tater and I have been working on Door Manners since the day I brought him home. Anytime I opened a door, Tater would always want to be the first one to go through. To help him into not doing so, I would ask him to Down when we approached a door. Once in a Down position, I proceeded to open the door, and made sure Tater remained in his position. When I opened the door, every time he sat up meant the door would close, and the process would repeat itself. Once Tater understood what I was asking, I began to increase time and distance to keep him in a Down longer, which led to Tater achieving his two minute goal.


Tater 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. Tater 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.


Tater has completed his Two Week Board and Train Program and is ready to come home. He was a great co-pilot and he will be missed. Thank you for giving me the opportunity in being his trainer, and for also trusting me with Tater while he was under my care these last two weeks. His Final video will be uploaded soon, but in the meantime, here is a sneak peek at Tater working on his Food Manners. Enjoy. Thank you Tater!

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