For those who is new to my blog, this a feature where you post about what you is learning, you can post on any day that begins with a T. I call it Tricky T-day, but, it not just for tricks. Whatever you do that to do with learning can count too. If you want to be added to my T-day players list so’s I can come visit you, then please do drop me a comment. You can take the little image too. (We stopped for a while cos Mum lost her video camera, although you doesn’t need one to play)
I is working on lots of tricks at the moment and we is working more on the ones I already know. Things like distance, doing them in different places, doing them for longer. It lots of fun. We also in a tricks class at school at the moment. We learning how to open and close doors, wave, roll-over, bend (bow), be a bear and hold a treat on our nose. Some of them I already knew, so we working on the distance and reliability. It a great class, just three dogs and all positive training! No scary things or doing stuff I doesn’t want to! I love it!
At home we working on learning hop (limping) and more rear end awareness stuff, like going backwards in different places. But for now, here a quick trick, which I do when I get in from outdoors.
OK, over to Mum to talk about the boring bits!
Hello everyone. First of all I want to use these t-day posts to address some of Ludo’s issues. Mainly Insane Barking. Lots of things make Ludo bark, but mostly, when he gets agitated, or excited. They can go hand in hand.
Ok, the big thing that make Ludo agitated is leaving the house. Whether it is me leaving the house, or Ludo leaving the house. Now, Ludo is fine left alone, quite happy and is nearly always asleep when I come back in. He does not bark when I return. No, it is only safe to bark at outside noises when I am inside the house to protect him from Scary things. However the point when Ludo realises that I might be GOING OUT to the point of actually leaving gets Ludo very Agitated. There are some indicators for Ludo, which to his furry little mind mean it is time to get barky. Socks. Putting on socks is a clear indicator that I am GOING OUT, as is perfume, make up and shoes, also coats. Since these things usually follow each other it results in Ludo getting more and more Agitated! Which results in very loud, shrill barking, general running around, trying to be noticed and other stressy behaviours. Up until the lead gets picked up it could go either way. Possibly I am GOING OUT somewhere fun. Without him. He might get Left Behind! Or, I am going with him, in which case… it is EXCITING!!
I have noticed, when I am going to work I don’t get any of this, well, maybe a little when the socks come out. I am theorising two reasons for this. One is that is because I work in a kitchen, I don’t wear make-up and perfume, so those triggers of Agitation do not occur. He knows I am going without him, so there is no point barking. Also, I tend to give him his kong when I am going to work, so again, he knows he is staying and that he has to Be Good, in order to get the kong.
I’m going to try doing some clicker training to de-sensitize him to the socks perfume make up thing and try to break my pattern of the order I put them on in. I’ll keep you posted. I have also brought a book on TTouch, I’m awaiting it’s arrival, but it was recommended we try this by our trainers. In our classes Ludo is excellent, he’s a little workaholic. But whenever my eyes drift over to the trainer he begins his Look at Me barking. Not continuous, a yap here and there, those little shelties woo’s that make you giggle. We’re trying to position Ludo in between my legs with calming touches. He only barks when he is looking at me. Come on Mum we’re here to DO stuff.
So, that’s what we’ll be working on and I dare say it’ll be a might more challenging than the tricks!