I love the fact that I can bring Cobra to work with me. It's soo much fun and everyone just loves him!
My Assistant Manager, Emerald, has been helping me teach him distractions. She actually used to train police dogs for local law enforcement agencies and for protection, so she's in "our world"
We'll be walking by her and she'll grab his tail and walk behind us and Cobra needs to learn to leave it. He's working on it, and another one that we've started today was she will call him, but he can't get up from his position until I say. That really bugged me today, because a gentleman, an older one so he should've known better, called him from around the corner, and I was in the middle of a sale so I could barely stop him, but did. I told the guy that he can't get up until I release him, or say it's okay, and that just went right over the guys head.
Soooooo, that's why I want to work on it and that's a really hard one for dogs, I know. Someone calling them, wanting to give them love and they have to sit there! Every time Emerald called him, he really wanted to go see her, but I corrected him each time and after awhile he focused, so it's just a matter or learning. Oh, I almost forgot, she'll sit on the floor and act really happy and we'll walk back and forth until he shows signs that he's ignoring it. I tell ya, it sure is hard for him!
On one of our many training adventures, I told her that she should do this and wouldn't ya know, she said she was very interested and didn't even know programs like this existed until she saw Cobra. So I gave her all the info and she's going to check it out. Yeah, she already knows some of his commands, like if she's on register 1 and I'm on 2, he'll want to sniff her boots so she'll say "no sniff" and he looks at her like, "how do you know that one!?" So yeah, am excited about that and she's got the know how, which does help.
time to hit the hay, but soon, I'll put up some pics and vids, haven't done that in a while :(