This is something our dog training course didn’t cover.
I have been trying to get Kash to pay attention to the squirrels that have been raiding the bird feeder since I switched to a new kind of food. I can hold Kash up, nose to the window, squirrel not more than 8 ft away on the feeder, and Kash just doesn’t care.
But… Two days in a row, we have come out the office door and upon seeing squirrels at the feeder (100 ft away) I say SQUIRREL! And take off running towards them. The squirrels run down the tree and across the yard. Kash caught on. He passed me up and was hot after those squirrels. Once up the tree, they were safe, Kash would lose interest and we would go in the house for a snack. He will be a squirrel chaser yet!
Kash the Dog
Kash is learning the perimeters of where he can go and where he cannot go. My wife has spent the last 2 summers planting beds of flowers and does not want them dug up before she gets to see them bloom for the first time. She put a lot of work into the flowers.
So, anytime Kash ventures into a forbidden area, I gently but firmly guide him out of the area while saying “NO DIG”. At first he thought it was a game and would immediately run back into the flower bed and wait for me to come get him, ready to bolt when I reached down to grab him. (I told you he was a little stinker!)
After a couple times of this, I had to exert my “alpha dog” status on him and pin him down. He usually gets that message pretty clearly. It’s working, but once in a while he forgets. You can just see it in his eyes that he is not even thinking of where he is. So I remind him.
We had another light snowfall last night. Kash loves the snow!
Kash has been real good about his crate training. He doesn’t always go in when you tell him to, just because he would rather hang out with me (so I think). But if you give him a treat, he goes right in and lays down. Doesn’t whimper or cry. The most we would ever leave him in there while gone is 4 hours. And even then, I feel so bad for him being cooped up. It is a big crate. (42″ X 38″ X 38″ tall)
At night, he is ready to go in his crate about 10 P.M. He stays sleeping until the alarm goes off at 6 A.M. Then he goes outside, does what he does, comes back in, eats, and sacks out in the corner of the couch on his blanket.
I watched some Border Collie Dog Training videos the other day. Man, are there some talented smart, and skilled dogs out there! Hopefully Kash will be an highly skilled trained dog someday. Yeah, right. We just want to have fun!
Kash on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umKPiKyUvrk