Friday, August 20, 2010

Dog Whisperer

A couple of weeks ago, our 3-year old cockapoo bit our five year old. I first blogged about it here.

Today was the first meeting with the trainer. A.MA.ZING. I wanted to give just a quick recap of the couple hours we spent with her because many of you have asked about it.

Essentially, the trainer came to our home, and we talked ALOT about our interactions with Rico. His likes, dislikes, tolerances, triggers, etc. She then introduces the "clicker" as training tool. We practiced using it, and the BEST part of the whole afternoon was seeing Rico act PERFECT.

In the past, if our kids - or, God forbid, other children - were running or playing in the yard, Rico would be running and jumping and nipping. Not today. He was so well behaved as the trainer counter-conditioned him. It was looooooovely.

The trainer taught us things that we should have known... and somethings that we just needed to tweek... there were maybe A-HA moments, I must say.

Dog trainers are a huge expensive, there is no doubt about it... but, we are so glad that we took the step. Stay tuned...

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