Monthly Archives: November, 2015

Testing, Testing

The evening of my heel work session with Tinker had a twist: Tinker decided he would throw me a curve. In his previous home, Tinker would begin to bark when the woman pulled into the driveway at day’s end and would not stop until she gave him attention and food. This was a daily routine …

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Did That Just Happen?

Today I had a day jam-packed with things to get done so it left me little time to work with Tinker but honestly, sometimes less is more. I didn’t take much time to just hang out with him and practice much recall; instead, I reunited with him, called him once after our greeting, then decided …

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Heel…?

My interactions with Tinker up to this point have consisted of lots of recall practice, some practicing of the ‘down’ request (only because it was something he does naturally, so I though I would capitalize on it, but it isn’t something I would use with him outside of a very safe place), and time spent …

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Signs, Signs, Signs

People often say, “It’s the little things…” and it is so true. Little, seemingly, insignificant things that are actually big indicators of progress. Here are some wonderful signs from Tinker that add up to huge progress: Tinker now begins eating before I move to leave the room. I will place his bowl down and as …

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Leaping Forward

Daily Tinker is showing more signs of calming and confidence. Here are some highlights: When I called Tinker to greet him, food reward in hand, he trotted up and, rather than just taking the food and heading back to his crate, he chose instead to greet me first, slowly and calmly before taking his reward. …

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Mr. Tinker Update

In my last posting regarding Tinker’s progress, I reported that he had hit all the markers for adjusting here in terms of behaviors he had exhibited in his previous home, such as playing with toys, barking for attention, etc. Since the eight-week mark, he has been moving at quite an impressive pace, and I marvel …

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