"Not My Dog": Tales from Puppy Raising

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Zen, one small step at a time

I actually haven't been posting as much lately because Murphy has been doing well, not because he's driving me nuts.
Patience has always been a killer thing for me to try to attain, but I think this is helping me get there. I'm realizing that sometimes when I take him out for a work, he is still a puppy and he just needs some time to settle down and get tuned in. I don't need to get freaked out or flustered or think the lesson is going badly -- just give him some time and he usually settles in.
The other thing that Nina has taught me is that sometimes, when it's not working, you just may as well crate him, give us both a break and try later. Better than a lesson where I get frustrated and he gets frustrated/anxious because he doesn't know what to do.
The final lesson: I try to focus on what he can do, not what I think he "ought" to be able to do. So maybe we don't walk the length of Main Street in Gorham. If we have a great work in a parking lot, that's another bit of progress.
It will be fun to see what he's like in another 6 months.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Lessons from Scooby Doo

Training with food as a reward surely has given me new perspective on why Scooby-Doo would do anything for Scooby snacks.

Friday, March 03, 2006

An updated picture

We're getting better photos ... Murphy's learning to stay still for more than 15 seconds, and I'm learning how to shoot a black Lab so you don't get a black blob.