Today was Ender's first day at doggy day care.* The staff were amazed at his size (3 months 30 lbs)* (I have GOT to get pictures off the dang camera soon).*
- Eye Contact: "My what beautiful eyes you have"
- Posture: "Proud to be by you"
- Approachability: "Very friendly and warm and fuzzy
- Pet-a-bility: "I love to be petted"
- Full Body: "You can look me over"
- Collar Contact: "Don't you like my pretty collar"
- Other comments: "Let me get close and snuggle"
- Crating: Quiet: 5 (scale of 1-5, one being most comfortable quiet)
- Crating: comfort level: 1
- Crating: ease of crating: 1
- Comments: "Very talkative in his crate, but a good boy"
Intro to other dogs:
- Initial contact: "I sniff and you sniff"
- Toy Possession: "Here, let's share"
- Comfort level: "This is pretty cool"
- Play Bow: "Hey, you play like I do"
- Comments: Friendly with all the dogs!
- Food & Treats: "You can have some"
- Toys: "Here, let's share"
- Comments: No problems
- A very good first day needs some work on his barking.* A very good and cute pup
So yeah... who is the proud mama!?* He scored perfect on everything but the dang barking in the crate.* Considering he just started crate training, I'll give him a break on that one.* I have one very tired pup on my hands.
So... what are the suggestions for helping him with his barking?* Specifically, Dan (Dweck)... how do you teach SETTLE?* (I could use this when he first gets up in the morning as well)
To get Toby to settle, I just hold him on my lap and snuggle and tell him settle. This also helped with the biting/nipping.
Glad to hear the Ender did well on his first day at doggie day care. Can't wait to see more pictures.
I wouldn't worry about the barking in the crate yet. He was brought to a new place where there was lots going on and separated from it...as long as staff doesn't go to him while he's barking, it won't take too long for him to figure out that the time outs are ok and don't mean he's not going to play anymore
Our Tasman barked a lot the first day in his crate. We have always ignored him and praised him for being quiet "Good quiet Taz" and now when I pop him in there he settles down very quickly.
Great report card! Would not worry too mcuh about this.
Oh I'm not worried. I'm pretty proud since this was his first day. (I feel the important stuff was the dog-dog interaction and the contact tests with the staff)
But... it would be nice to have a command such as "settle" to use when he's barking in the crate... (especially at 6 am when I need 15 more minutes of sleep)
He rarely barks outside of the crate.
Is the crate in your room at night? The best thing I found to calm a puppy down while in their crate was to reach down from my bed and just put my fingers through the grate on the front of the crate. All my pups have slep their first couple of nights pressed up against my fingers
Yup and Yup... do it allready. It does help him a bit but I think he's just kind of demanding when it comes to being close to mommy and daddy and getting cuddled. We also have radio or audio books on as well.
Ok.. so next time we'll laugh at him. ;D
;D Good boy Ender!