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Stormy (aussie) and Daisy Do-dah (Airedale) enjoying a romp on this lovely day. So glad the weather was blissful today🍂🍁 ... See MoreSee Less

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Proof that when you lay a foundation it doesn’t matter how much dust is on it, the shine will come back. In trial Brix will have to sort through 12 dumbbells of 2 different materials (leather, wood or metal), I’m having him sort through 18 with all 3 materials. I did 3 runs with him finding each scented (my personal scent) dumbbell. I’d be concerned about his ‘bull in a China shop’ approach if he had less accuracy but he’s been beautifully on point despite his recklessness so I’ll just sit back and enjoy his creativity🤪🤣. ... See MoreSee Less

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I will preface this by saying when Lulu’s owner called me asking to make her *pug* an SD my first reaction was ‘hard pass’😐. After a lengthy talk about the requirements for making Lulu into an SD, her owner’s faith in her little dog and meeting her and her owner I ate my words. Lulu has natural talents to help her owner during *severe* PTSD episodes, fortitude, willingness to learn and retain the information, plus her small size works in her favor given her owner’s work space. Both Lulu and Stormy shined today in today’s lesson working around each other and also turning ‘off’ under a lot of distractions. Great training day! Makes my heart happy🥰 ... See MoreSee Less

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I’m very proud of Lucky’s (black lab) owner. She’s made huge strides in learning how to handle Lucky....her first large breed dog. Lucky’s owner is still nervous and doesn’t quite believe in herself so I added a confidence shot in the form of Stormy (aussie) who was handled by Lucky’s owner’s daughter. They both did great and showing her owner the videos I took Lucky’s owner now sees what I see in their progress and communication. Big ups to these guys for making leaps and bounds in a short time!🥰🎉 ... See MoreSee Less

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Continuing couples therapy between Rust and his owner. This was a really nice test of seeing where Rust’s reactivity is on our second lesson as well as working on his owners anxiety when these tense moments come up. A few nerves on his owners part, but not a pants changing moment like they’ve had in past. These guys have taken some really big steps in the right direction! ... See MoreSee Less

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I’m liking Stormy’s (SDiT) progress on her retrieve training. She’s currently learning to set her grip and keep it that way with movement. On her initial grips she’s chewy, so my ungloved hand is helping keep her mouth stable from the beginning but she finishes off nicely on her own. All in all Storm hasn’t been here a week yet and this is probably the fastest I’ve ever made progress on training the retrieve...either I’m that good or she’s holding back the difficult parts for later🤣😳🤪 ... See MoreSee Less

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Rainy day blues ain’t gonna mess with my mood🤪. Since we’re stuck indoors I’m gonna dust the rust off of my boy’s brain and get him back into scented retrieves: find the one dumbbell that has my scent on it from an array of options. I’ll post our progress as it happens. ... See MoreSee Less

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Stormy (service dog in training) is making nice progress on shaping her retrieve. My right hand is gloved to protect my skin but also because once dogs move out of the ‘human bones are fun to crunch on’ puppy phase, most will have an aversion to putting their teeth on you deliberately. I’m using my finger because I can gauge her bite pressure easily....we don’t want her breaking stuff🤪. My left hand is there to stabilize her mouth so she doesn’t get chewy on whatever object she’ll have in her mouth. I’m not forcing her mouth closed and if she got fussy then I stopped everything to allow a reset before starting again. She’s almost ready for the next phase of being accountable for stabilizing her grip on her own which is how I finished the session. Training the retrieve is a delicate balancing act of applying pressure (in this case if you want the treat do the work) without applying too much pressure, keeping the dog’s mentality up and accepting while keeping your patience and expectations realistic. ... See MoreSee Less

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Last week I was having an issue with Brix’s send aways in that he was coming up short on the distance. I had been trying to teach him to touch the stanchion (blue upright in the middle of the fence) with his nose but figured out he wanted to touch it with his ass...go figure🤣🙄. Now that we are both clear on that issue, I’ve started adding more to the picture of having him sit in front of me when he completes his jump, and will add the final pieces once this part is reflexive for him. ... See MoreSee Less

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🎵just a good ole boy, never meanin no harm🎵. Otis was a country puppy who moved into Baltimore City and was struggling with the transition especially all the diesel engines rumbling past. His owners couldn’t get him to exit the building without picking him up and even then it would be a screaming tantrum he was so scared. Look at him go now! ... See MoreSee Less

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I can completely understand Lulu’s feelings when I said break time was over🤣🤣. Despite her personal feelings on the subject Lulu (pug) did a fantastic job on her park walk! ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

Denise Willis Dog Training, LLC

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Stormy (service dog in training), is here to learn a retrieve and do some other obedience her owner is unable to accomplish at this time. I like using an elevated surface for teaching the retrieve but Stormy had reservations about my choice of surfaces. I’m showing her how to overcome her stress about it. By the end she was queen of the hill❤️ ... See MoreSee Less

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Started out tonight’s session with more confidence building with Piper and the dreaded vacuum. When her owner first brought out the hose Piper thought about booking it but decided to stay and watch the show. Really happy with her progress and how well she adjusted to handling the great outdoors in the later part of our session. Next week we tackle a toddler and the Ma & Pa trail🤣🤪 ... See MoreSee Less

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I’m kinda in love with this pretty girl. Every time I do a lesson with this family I have to do a peanut drive by. She dances, has the judgey look on lock and while she won’t talk when you’re in the room, she has plenty to say when she thinks you’re gone🤣 ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

Denise Willis Dog Training, LLC

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Dogs don’t have the same sense of ‘self awareness’ that humans do. Most dogs don’t recognize that the dog in the mirror is them. Lady Lucky will attack the mirror her reactivity is that strong. We used this to our advantage tonight to teach her how to work around ‘another dog’🤪. I’ll be adding real dogs to her next lesson but this was a good test to see how her attentiveness during her obedience was coming along. On a side note I’m really proud of this family who are first time ‘large’ dog owners and are really putting in some work to ensure that Lucky becomes a solid member of their family. ... See MoreSee Less

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I’m grinning from ear to ear. The obedience isn’t mine. Rust has been through 2 extensive board and train programs prior to me showing up and it shows in his nice obedience. The struggle is the communication between Rust and his owner. He has a multiple bites history with no common denominator trigger, that sets his owner on edge. What I observed in his eval but didn’t process till after given our rough introduction was that his *attitude* towards the obedience sucked. He was on auto pilot and not engaged. We changed a few things for his owner and what you’re seeing is a RELAXED and engaged dog. He is opening his mind to trusting and his owner is opening herself to trusting her dog. While today’s initial entry was typical of Rust’s previous behavior, by the end of the session I had a 110lb baby trying to crawl in my lap. That was the first time I touched him. It took some real digging deep thinking to figure out what was shaking in this big dude’s head and I’m so glad it worked out for the best. Looking forward to more successes with this team! ... See MoreSee Less

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