“It has been my intention all along, to train my Golden Doodle, Sophee, to stay off furniture, people and mind me. Until now, 3 trainers later, I have missed the boat with her.
She gets it, that’s not the problem, she doesn’t like the rules…..that’s the stumbling block I’ve faced. I don’t seem to have been smart or strong enough to convince her to change for me. In my 4th attempt at a trainer, Krista Cantrell gave me 5 homework assignments the first week:
1. Walk through the door first.
2. Charge at her if she jumps up on people/me.
3. Take a 1 mile training walk doing all the tricks we know together continuously, each day.
4. Play with toys, but take them away the first throw.
5. Eat first then put her bowl down.
I asked….How do I keep her off my bed at night? A project for another session, when she knows I’m the leader, she said. Fair enough, I went about to do my tasks with Sophee, shocked to see her respond so naturally. She was a perfect student!
I was feeling powerful again. Could this have been master error? By the 5th day, I was a little bored, so I thought of combining tasks. If I took her ‘baby’ away (which is always in her mouth), every time she jumped on the bed, maybe she would associate baby loss with jumping up. She jumped I grabbed the baby, tucked it up onto the shelf, shut the door and looked back to see her response. Low and behold, she jumped right off my bed, went to her bed, gave me a sad look and put her head down, like she had done something wrong. Three more times, same result……no more bed!
Now, once in awhile, she still tries, that’s Sophee, I continue my task, and she’s down. Some dogs are easy to train, and not only get the message, but stick to the program. Sophee gets it instantly, and tests the water. I can be relentless too! Thank you Krista for helping me feel my power again.”
-S & S, Arizona