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I couldn't walk the dogs today- it's election season and everyone here thinks fireworks are just fabulooouuusssss. My dogs were too tense and the location of the blasts too unpredictable for us to be out and about.

So I did some extra training tonight separately with my pups, and remember how much we all enjoy it.

Do your dogs enjoy training with you, too? I always used to think it was something we 'had to do' but it actually is quite fun and I really appreciate the connection formed.
 

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Gally loves training. I am always trying to think of new things to teach him because I love seeing his mind working. Over time I think he has really learned the "training game" ie. when we are doing something new he really enjoys trying to solve the "puzzle" of what we are learning, offering different behaviors and I see him actively thinking about what he's done and trying to get better. I enjoy learning how to be a better trainer too. I think we are both really good teachers for each other.
 

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My dog never has been a fan of training. He doesn't usually like to pay attention for very long and would prefer playing chase or with the tennis ball.
Teaching him something new usually takes a while because first I have to get him focused on me. He's not very food or play motivated either, not enough to catch his attention right away anyway.
But once I have his attention he learns pretty fast and that's when we have fun. I have to have A LOT of patience with him.
 

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I think we are both really good teachers for each other.
I agree with this in a big way! My dogs have taught me far more than I've taught them.

I also took the opportunity to feed them their entire meal by hand- first with the training separately, then together kibble by kibble. I was very sweet for me.

I can't stand fireworks, but tonight was an extra lovely experience! So unexpected, and the 30-45 minutes we would have been walking was well-used.
 

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Wally bothers me to train him.

He start just holding stuff in his mouth and poking me and sitting and staring at me and sometimes even whine. Then when I reach for the clicker - he gets all vocal and playful.

Or if I don't do some training, he'll go pout and sigh loud and be laying so he's looking at me, like I'm supposed to feel sorry for him.
 

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Man if fireworks go off my two shut down. They go hide and don't come out. Training isn't even an option.

But yes, they love training. Every time I train them I wonder why I don't do it more often (like tonight I didn't. erghhh). I'm always laughing while I do it and they both have tails wagging like crazy.
 

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Man if fireworks go off my two shut down. They go hide and don't come out. Training isn't even an option.

But yes, they love training. Every time I train them I wonder why I don't do it more often (like tonight I didn't. erghhh). I'm always laughing while I do it and they both have tails wagging like crazy.
I live in rural Brazil with crazy thunderstorms and fireworks year-round. They don't shut down comepletely- I think because they have heard it all since before birth!

I hand-fed them all weekend. It was sooo nice! DH insisted some months back that we teach them to eat from bowls for when someone else must care for them, and I realized how much I've missed the hand feeding.

Right now I'm teaching them silly things- like putting a paw on a mouse pad- just for more training fun together.
 

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Kabota asks for training these days. He'll run through his commands all at once right in front of me. It's pretty cute. I enjoy training, too. I like any opportunity to interact with and praise my dog.

This is a far cry from the poor little guy who froze when I said "sit" almost 8 months ago. It's amazing what a little positive training can do.
 

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Aww! That is adorable! Sacha will do that we me- sit, lay, give hand- I wish I could get a video of it.

I actually really miss it when I have to cut time short or skip.

Kabota asks for training these days. He'll run through his commands all at once right in front of me. It's pretty cute. I enjoy training, too. I like any opportunity to interact with and praise my dog.

This is a far cry from the poor little guy who froze when I said "sit" almost 8 months ago. It's amazing what a little positive training can do.
 
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