With anticipation of the behaviorist visit we were all in high spirits. I didn't really know what to expect with the trainer. I was happy she was coming to our home and from there I didn't know what else we could anticipate.
|More training? As long as I can have treats!|
|Listening closely to my new instructions...|
|Going for the 'target'.|
|Getting a reward for hitting the target!|
|Don't look at the rope... don't look at the rope...don't look at the rope...|
Then we hold tight to both ends of the rope and Barry gets the middle. We do a bit of back and forth tugging and then say, "Drop it." If he drops it we say, 'yes', then give him a treat and then start over again to play. If he doesn't drop it we put the rope in between our legs to steady it and make it not so fun for Barry anymore as the rope is steadied and not giving to his tugs.
At this point he'll either drop it or continue to tug at it. If he lets go we turn away from him and the game is over for the moment. If he doesn't let go one of us intervenes with a treat to lure him off the rope. Once he has let go we'll again turn away from him and the game is over at that moment.
|Husband's back turned to Barry and Barry staring at his|
reflection in the sliding glass door.
I think Megan stayed for around 2 hours. We went with a training package from her because Barry will need a few more sessions and we'll need to learn some more things. She'll come over on Sundays for an hour and show us more techniques. I'm totally stoked about it too.
Overall - the consultation session turned out to be partial magic. Partial. We still have to work with Barry on all that we learned and be consistent with him but literally the day after her first session we were so impressed with Barry's behavior on walks (still pulling - that hasn't changed yet) that we had to fight back tears of joy. Barry has been an amazing addition for us. He's also been a great challenge. In the end it's the work we put in that is revealed in how well Barry does. I'm so excited for the next steps!
Once we were done with all of our practicing and working on new
techniques this is what happened to Barry. Yes, he is a mouth breather.