Graduation #1!

16 Sep

Ella graduated from Puppy Imprinting Class last Sunday. No, there were no cap & gown pictures. Sorry. Maybe next week!

One of our things to do at graduation was demonstrate our newfound skills. Out in the store. With people watching and everything.

Not being one to perform well under the microscope, I was a bit nervous, but Ella just always surprises me and does so well.

Of course, it was another retarded worry to have because, of course, Ella performed her sits, sit-stays, downs and down-stays perfectly. During her sit-stay, Kait saw I was moving about 6 feet from Ella and said, very quietly, “Can you drop the leash and move away from her?” Well, I hadn’t ever tried that, so I did, very casually drop the leash while reinforcing with “good girl” for maintaining the sit and moving further away. So far, so good.

Then, Kait had to up the ante again. “Can you walk behind there? Out of sight?” What the heck – might as well try, right?

I back away, turn and duck behind a column in the store and move around it, coming around into Ella’s line of sight again.

There she was – still sitting.

JACKPOT!!! Treats abound! Praise resonates from everyone!

I’m not sure that Ella understood what happened that first time, because when I tried the same thing again – she knew it was coming and moved towards me, breaking her sit-stay. Rut-row.

Because we always try to end each session with a success, I freed her up, played with her, did a few basic sit-stays and then attempted it again.

Success was ours on the third attempt and we ended on a high note, deciding not to press our luck again.

It’s a work in progress.

1 Comment

Posted by on September 16, 2010 in Uncategorized


One response to “Graduation #1!

  1. puppymomx3

    September 17, 2010 at 3:10 am

    Congratulations on your graduation, Ella Mae Lovely! She is so wonderful, Jaimee… And you should be very proud of yourself for putting in so much time and effort with Ella! Her success is your success! 🙂

    I can only hope that Ella’s half-sister Saoirse will be as “rock star-like” as her when she begins training next week! I have been working with her but not nearly as much as I would like to. My clicker timing skills leave something to be desired and I never seem to have enough treats on hand! I will have to remember to stock up on hot dogs and cheese before we go to class!


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