Friday, December 18, 2009

Sorry it's been so long!

Hey everyone!

Sorry it's been so long since my last post. Hmmm where to begin...I guess I'll just give you the whats what with Madias! He's growing like a weed and doing great with training. Right now he has his Sit (with an implied stay for about 30 seconds) done perfectly! We're working on extending that to as long as possible.
This past week I've been doing a ton of on-leash/gentle leader training with him. The way he reacts to going on walks would make you think he's a 6 month old pup! He doesn't paw at the gentle leader at all anymore and will walk at my side for at least one mile.

On Monday night Madias had his third puppy class. We worked on surface training, which went really well! The one thing I discovered on Monday that Madias could really use some work with is not obsessing over the PPM's border collie CCI pup in training, Angus. Angus isn't a huge fan of him, which of course makes him Madias' favorite dog in the whole wide world! And naturally he will NOT rest until they're buddies. Soo my new endevor for class, trying to get Madias to stop staring at Gus all night :P lol.

As far as the house-breaking goes he has been bouncing back and forth. Some days he'll be perfect and ask to go outside to "hurry" everytime, and some he'll just be a terror and have at least 5 accidents in the house! A few days ago he began smacking the leash hanging on the door handle into the door when he needed to go out. After noticing how well he did with having this signal I decided to put a bell on the door for him. The bell is working great and he's had hardly any accidents the last few days! My only worry is that once my older dogs figure out this trick, they'll be ringing it non stop!

Well thats all for now! Incase I don't get back on here before then, I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and great New Year!

MaryAngela and Madias.