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  • Writer's pictureReine Melnick

West | Belgian Malinois/ Dutch Shepherd Mix| Pasadena, CA| In-Training



Meet West, a loyal, playful, smart 1 year old Belgian Malinois mix from Pasadena, CA! She will be joining us for our Two Week Board and Train Program! West’s owner loves that she is cuddly, affectionate, smart, intuitive, and goofy. Some things that West will be working on during her stay is leash manners, basic obedience, and staying calm around people and other distractions! Stay tuned for her transformation!

 

Pupdate 2/13/22




West and I spent most of the day taking walks around the neighborhood to get acquainted with each other! During our walk, West was pretty good on the leash and only really pulled when she wanted to investigate something! We also went and visited a park near my house and relaxed on the grass! West is a very affectionate pup and wanted to get as many pets as possible! When we got home I worked on getting her comfortable in a crate because she gets very anxious when confined! It took some time but she is finally getting acclimated to the new routine! We will be starting our training tomorrow due to wanting West to adjust properly!


 

Pupdate 2/14/22


Today West and I started with a morning walk and worked on Heel, Place, and Come. She was overall pretty good and responded well! Later in the day, we met up with some trainers at Citadel Outlets where we worked on Heel, Place, and Come! West did fairly well while working around other dogs and stayed pretty calm. We will be working on introducing his down command tomorrow!


 

Pupdate 2/15/22


Today West and I started the morning with a structured walk around the neighborhood! During this time, we worked on Heel, Sit, and Come! West was very good during her quick training session and is such a sweet girl! Later on we met up with another trainer in Thousand Oaks to continue working with West on some of her commands! We primarily worked on introducing her Down command. She at first was very hesitant while teaching her the new command, but picked it up very quickly and got more confident performing it! I decided not to incorporate the ecollar while teaching her down because she gets very stressed when learning new things. I wanted to make learning something new as exciting and rewarding for West as possible! Today was very productive for her and she is learning very quickly!


 

Pupdate 2/16/22


Today West and I started our morning with a structured walk around the neighborhood! During this time, we focused on Heel, Down, and Place. West was very good during this walk and payed attention! Later we went to Westfield Mall and worked on Heel, Down, and Come. Sometimes West gets very excited when asked go “Come” and tries to jump on me. Anytime she does this towards me, I will give a firm correction to let her know jumping isn’t allowed! She responded very well and continued with her commands!


 

Pupdate 2/17/22




Today West and I started our morning with a quick work session around the neighborhood! West has been very very well behaved and super eager to learn. Later on we decided to go work in a tennis court to work on heel, down, place, and sit. West is still a bit sensitive to pressure, so we are taking training very slowly because I don’t want to stress her out. Also West has been doing amazing with crate training and actually enjoys spending time in her crate!


 

Pupdate 2/18/22


Today West and I started our morning with a structured walk around the neighborhood where we worked on tightening the heel and working on come! She did fairly well during the session! Later on in the day we went to 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica. While there we continued worked on heel, place, down, and come. She was a bit hesitant at first with all the sounds and dogs but settled down quickly!


 

Pupdate 2/19/22




Today West and I started our morning routine with a structured walk where we worked on heel, place, down, and come! She did fairly well and performed most of the commands without issues. Later we went to an outdoor mall and worked on place, down, and come. West sometimes gets anxious with being asked to do a lot of commands in a row, so we broke up her commands into sections! We would work on each commands for 5-10 minutes before doing a different command!


 

Pupdate 2/20/22


Today West and I took a quick walk around the neighborhood and primarily worked on Heel, Down, Come, and Sit! She did very well and is getting better each session! Later in the day we went to the park and worked on most of her duration commands such as Sit, Down, and Place! Her duration has improved quite a bit!


 

Pupdate 2/21/22


Today West and I started our morning with a quick walk around the neighborhood and worked on Heel, Down, and Come! West does amazing at not pulling on the leash but sometimes gets distracted and will just veer off. Other than that she did great with her morning session! Later we went to Oxnard and worked at a pretty populated area and focused on duration down and heel. West did great and even ignored a dog that just kept barking at her while we worked!


 

Pupdate 2/22/22


Today West and I started our day with a structured walk and worked primarily Heel and Down. She did very well and we even saw a coyote. West was a bit unsure of the coyote but didn’t pull or break her heel command! Later on we went to a tennis court to work on her reliability offleash. In the video she had a few times where she didn’t want to do the command but I was very firm and consistent with the ecollar. Besides those minor mess ups, she did overall very well! Very proud of her!


 

Pupdate 2/23/22




Today West and I started our morning with a relaxing walk around the neighborhood and worked on heel, duration down, come, and duration sit. She did really well and did all her commands. When we got home, I had West practice duration place while I proceeded to clean around her. I also decided to give her a quick bath due to her shedding a lot. After letting her relax after her bath, we went to the mall and met up with another trainer. During our time there, I had West practice her duration commands while people and kids walks around. She did really well and staying in her commands!


 

Pupdate 2/24/22


Today West and I started our morning with a 30 minute work session to sharpen any commands that need fine-tuning. She was very well behaved and responded to all of her commands. Later on we went to the Oxnard Collection and practiced all of West’s commands offleash! She performed everything very well and didn’t need any reminders! Very proud of West’s progress!


 

Pupdate 2/25/22


Today West and I went on our typical structured walk and worked on fine tuning anything that is needed. She was very well behaved and very sharp! Later on we went to Hollywood Boulevard and tested West’s ability to work in a highly packed environment! She did fantastic and was not fazed by the crowds or performers! I am beyond proud of her progress and can’t wait to show how far she has come!


 

Pupdate 2/26/22


Today West and I have a pretty mellow day. We went on a couple walks around the neighborhood and worked on each command. She was very sharp and performed without issues! Later on we worked on Door Manners and Food Manners! She did awesome with both! Very proud of her progress!











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