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Last night Teddy found our neighbor poodle's rawhide bone in the yard. I told him to drop it and he did, without hesitation. This morning when we went out, it was still there. He walked straight over to it, but when I said 'leave it' he turned his head away from it and kept walking.

It's such a good feeling when all the time and patience of training is rewarded like that! He was also very good on our walk yesterday. He's really getting it (and my eyes are tearing up as I type this--tears of pride and joy!).
 

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Yah Teddy!! I know it takes you by surprise doesn't it!?
 

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Awwwww!! What a good little man!! He wants to please his momma! Don'cha just love it when they finally "get it"?? Good job, Teddy!! :hug:
 

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Good for Teddy and for you for you patience in training. It is wonderful when all those hours finally pay off. It also give you peace of mind knowing that they will respond in an emergency. I kept Billy from being hit by a van backing into a parking lot by sternly saying "Billy, come!" He turned back to me and trotted right back. I don't normally leave a dog off-leash in a lot but we were at our tiny town's general store and was showing him off to someone on how well his training was coming. How ironic.
 

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It's that kind of nightmare scenario that keeps me so focused on his training, spoospirit.

And yeah, it feels real good!


It IS always surprising when they listen to you for the first time! Sometimes I wonder if my dogs have "selective hearing". LOL Good for Teddy!
I think Teddy has selective hearing for sure. Sometimes it feels like I'm not even there. LOL
 

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Thanks for all the kind words. :)

Doesn't it sometimes seem like they can actually understand stuff? Tonight I went to Rite Aid. I tried to put him in our Outward Hound sling, but he wouldn't cooperate. So I put him back in his car seat and said, "OK, if you don't want to go in the bag, you can wait in the car." He kinda did his little panicky DON'T LEAVE ME! dance and so I picked him up and stuck him in the bag and strapped him in without incident. And while we were in the store, he was chilled out and not squirming to get out (like he did the last time). One guy behind me waiting to check out jumped when Teddy suddenly turned his head. Out of the corner of his eye, he thought it was a teddy bear in my bag. LOL!
 
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