Assistance Dogs Journey Training Journal Wellness

Two steps forward, one step…stuck.

Journey did a few reps of Under with me under the table, played with his Puzzle under the table, and did 5 reps of Under without me under the table and we stopped for the day. All on leash at this point and he needed super high value treats, but it’s something at least. Then he went on a training outing with me to the dietician. I adjusted his harness, I did have it on too tight, poor boy. Outing went really well, except that I seem to have hit a plateau with my diet, so we’re going back to phase one to get me back on track because I’m starting to lose motivation with the weight loss after being stuck for a while. Ugh.

Assistance Dogs Journey Training Journal

We’re slaying dragons, one day at a time!

PROGRESS – the kiosk that spooked Journey last week has been conquered! After he spooked the other night, we sat on the sidewalk in front of it, and I had him practice STEP UP on the little step in front of the kiosk. Every time he did, even if he was clearly afraid, I gave him lots of praise and yummy treats. We did that for about 15 minutes or so. Today we passed by that kiosk on the way to the bank, and instead of veering wide to avoid it, which is what he usually does, he ran right over (almost tipped me in the process) and plopped his feet up on that step and turned and looked at me like “Did I do good mom, huh huh? CHEESE??” – So proud ♥