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I started this exercise by placing Cosmo on his dog bed then running around to the front of the house through my back door and then cop knocking on my front door. TBH this is my second attempt because I forgot to unlock my front door the first time, but Cosmo stayed on his bed the entire time. As I wind down his stay here, I’m really happy with his progress and how much easier things are processing for him and how much more relaxed he is with thinking of other things besides following his nose. ... See MoreSee Less

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As a small biz owner I try to support other small businesses when I can. This incredibly thoughtful gift is from the company that helped me design my logo and makes my shirts and hoodies. Thank you to @cinque_creations for the wonderful way I can start my day with my gone but never forgotten Moo girl. Truly grateful🥰 ... See MoreSee Less

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Everything I’ve done with Cosmo so far has been about building communication. I want him to fulfill his genetic needs but not get so involved that his hearing shuts off🙉. We’ve been able to increase our distance to about 50 feet, far more than will be necessary when he goes back home but when we’ve come this far why not push it a lil more🤣. Seems like the breakthrough has happened with this lil dude where he’s comfortable processing the info I’m sending and is happy to comply. ... See MoreSee Less

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Dog training, like any relationship requires compromise: do as I ask and I’ll do something in return. I’ve been working with Cosmo almost from day 1 of his board and train that he can ‘beagle’ but it must be on a loose leash and it stops when I ask. I legit tested him for deafness in the first days of his stay🤣. Today (about 10 days into his b&t) we can the smoothest call off transition yet. 2 steps forward, 1/4 step back is Cosmo’s way🤷🏻‍♀️🤣 ... See MoreSee Less

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Dog training, like any relationship requires compromise....do as I ask and I’ll do something in return. I’ve been working on this Cosmo almost from the first day I started his b&t: you can beagle, but on a loose leash and have slowly increased communication of stopping him so we can move on. I legit tested him to see if he was deaf the first few days of his b&t🤣. Today (about 10 days into his b&t) I was able to call him off of following his nose and get a really smooth response from him to come back and start moving again. 2 steps forward. 1/4 step back is Cosmo’s way🤷🏻‍♀️🤣 ... See MoreSee Less

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Cosmo is a stranger in a strange land when it comes to multitasking. The goal for today was to generalize his leash walking in a ‘mixed’ environment of grass and pavement. I think he did great of concentrating on keeping focus on me *and* was far more comfortable (not brain busted like before) but we lost the sit🤪. Not a biggie, we’ll get it back, everything in due time with this lil dog. ... See MoreSee Less

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My little hellion just informed me it’s National Puppy Day! Here’s an impatient Apache practicing his distance downs🤣 ... See MoreSee Less

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Brain busting🤯 Cosmo! This is our first session away from the house and it’s *ALL* of Cosmo’s effort to just not follow that nose of his. I tried to keep this session fairly simple working on only the pavement but we’ll be migrating to a mixed path soon. Super proud of his efforts! ... See MoreSee Less

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I’ll be honest and say I don’t know how many reps and life lessons this dog has taught me🤣. Training has been painfully slow and each success has brought me a huge sense of relief. By no means is Cosmo dumb or a slow learner, he is a true representation of his breed. Beagles are meant to be following their noses, not paying close attention to someone on the end of the leash. On the upside Cosmo has been a pretty stoic, easy going partner who is moving as fast as his internal processor can go and I’ve learned how to extend my patience and temper my frustration in slow moving situations whereas typically I’m doing that with my more hot blooded, think under fast pressure dogs. ... See MoreSee Less

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We have a sit!! This took a lot of teeth gritting patience and a whole lot of short reps but finally Cosmo gives me just enough attention to respond when I ask him to sit. We’ve moved from the ‘box’ to the flat table and probably later this afternoon I’ll try him on the ground, closer to *all the smells*, then we can get really crazy and move onto moving and concentrating🤪 ... See MoreSee Less

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When dealing with dog’s with reactivity I teach my clients about *STD*😳🤣. S(uspiscion), T(hreat), D(anger). The closer the dog is to the trigger, the more difficult it is to think and it’s easier to become overwhelmed. Sadie has busted through the storm door to go after other dogs on the street. We set up an ‘invisible’ boundary (the edge of the rug is the line) that is Sadie’s ‘safe’ distance. She’ll show casual curiosity at passerby, not the shoot from the hip reaction she had previously and since she has to be mindful of the ‘boundary’, she’s following the 60/40 rule (60% on her attention is on the task at hand, 40% on her surrounding environment). Hooray for proactive owners making lemonade out of lemons in this time of social distancing. ... See MoreSee Less

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Working with my new board and train Cosmo (beagle). This lil dude was picked up as a stray and has *ZERO* obedience or basic communication. He’s a nice lil dog but doesn’t understand or seem to care about rules or boundaries outside of following his nose. I’m starting with a ‘sit’ before moving onto the other aspects of his training to get him to concentrate on the handler first and making the nose secondary. This was my third session with him today. I anticipated progress to initially feel like pulling teeth before we get the ball rolling at a faster pace...I was not wrong🙄🤣 ... See MoreSee Less

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Scrappy Apache is thinking Spring thoughts too! ... See MoreSee Less

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Denise Willis Dog Training, LLC

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Often times owners try to explain away their adopted dog’s behavior by making (to them) a reasonable assumption that their dog is reactive to people and/or dogs because of an abusive background and then carry that mentality into their relationship with their dog. This sympathetic assumption is what helps unintentionally create or increase reactivity. In the case of Polly, there was no assuming her background. Her owner had fostered Polly through the worst of her neglect and abuse before officially adopting her and even though Polly was healed health wise, her owner struggled to let Polly’s past go and thus her reactivity grew to scary levels. I’m happy to say that I helped Polly and her owner start a new journey based off of trust and mutual respect and seeing Polly for who she is now. ... See MoreSee Less

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As a trainer you train the dog in front of you regardless of generic breed traits, but I can hands down say....dobermans....🤣. Paisley spent her first lesson today testing *EVERY* boundary, my patience (fortunately I’m an old hat at digging deeper than deep at mining patience when it comes to dog training at least🤪). The first picture is Paisley pouting and contemplating her next course of escape, the next a few hours later while the kids were out and about doing kid things and Princess Paisley giving them the space they didn’t used to get with her to do things like opening cabinets and refrigerators and eating dinner. I’ll toast to that and to her owner’s continued efforts! ... See MoreSee Less

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Who’s the best low rider of them all?! This guy Keiser made strides every time we worked together and his reactivity to people and dogs (even dogs having a scuffle in the dog park) are worth casual notice not the escalating antics he used to have. His owners really put in some stellar work to help this lil man not be so worried about his surroundings! ... See MoreSee Less

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I didn’t know heading into this lesson that Polly’s owner used to live in Fells and moved to another location because of Polly’s super reactive behavior. This was a great confidence building experience for both Polly and her owner to go back to their old stomping grounds and experience what her owner always had envisioned. We did this lesson at a less active time for the market and will be heading back in a few weeks during a more active time to give Polly her final exam! ... See MoreSee Less

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