|Graduated with Honours!|
Eddie has officially graduated from Cowichan Canine's Foundation Program. Cowichan Canine Behaviour and Training Ltd. is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training partner, a 100% positive training method which makes use of clickers and treats to capture, shape and reinforce behaviour.
According to his certificate, Eddie has now learned to: give attention, offer behaviours, respond to cues and target, as well as demonstrate self control. This has enabled him to respond to his name, settle, sit, down, come, wait, do polite walking, leave it, and do various tasks with distance, distractions and duration. An old dog can learn new tricks. I'm not sayin' which of us is the old dog.
Eddie successfully completed 27 out of 29 tasks. Two of the distance ones - down from a distance, and settle from a distance - were a challenge for my velcro dog, though he was beginning to catch on today. Technically he had one more week of classes in which to complete these tasks, but given the Christmas break and my other commitments, he wouldn't be able to take it until mid January. As weather is dicey in January (I don't drive in snow and ice), and sometimes life interferes, and as he'd completed more than needed to graduate, I decided to finish it off today.
Thanks to Bev Maahs and Lisbeth Plant for their great teaching, Karen G for her assistance, and the various dogs and peoples who shared classes with us on our journey towards perfection.
|Eddie with our instructors, Bev and Lisbeth|
Yeah, right. And do you think I could get him to SIT for this picture?
|I waz tired....and my tummy was full of treats!|