Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Training Breakthrough!

After WEEKS of working on our down, Hurley has finally got it!  Today, for the very first time, he did down on a verbal command only.  Woot!  We've had the hand signal nailed for a couple weeks but the verbal always takes longer. 

And if that wasn't enough, he went down on verbal signal from a distance of 10 feet away from me, stayed in a down stay and a sit stay for about 10 seconds with me increasing the distance or walking around stuff in the store PLUS he obeyed a Leave It with a treat 2 feet in front of him. This is nothing short of magical for my psychotically treat-obsessed puppy.  He's not solid on that last one yet but the fact that we had a few successes today was a miracle. 

In all honesty, I have been slacking on the daily training sessions over the past couple weeks (you know, launching a website, bringing in raw food and cat products all within a couple weeks of each other...not busy or anything!).  But he is such a superstar.  Today, it was like he'd just been waiting for me and had tons to show off. 

After all that hard training, it was nap-time.  This is my favorite part of the day.  Hurley forsakes the mat and the blanket, both in separate locations for him to snuggle on and curls up right underneath my chair.  Awww...I love you too lil fella!


  1. Hi Y'all,

    Congratulations to you and Hurley for getting over that hurdle!

    Sometimes it takes awhile for the light to go on about what your verbal words mean. We communicated by body language, so it's like learning a foriegn language.

  2. So exciting! It's always so satisfying to have training success stories.

  3. Congratulations! Isn't that the best feeling ever? I love a training breakthrough, when you see the dog finally understand what you have been asking all along. I always throw a mini-party. I shall do the same for you. *happy dance*

  4. @KristineDoes your Happy Dance include twirling? Mine does.

  5. Congratulations to both of you, that's a GRRRRREAT achivement !!!!!!!
    Awww .... and Hurley is getting "cutter" every day :)