The training we are attempting to do with the dogs is basic, for most dogs it helps if they already know how to sit and lie down for them to get adopted. Some dogs just need regular companionship, others need work on learning how to settle down in their kennels, then there are those who need some serious behaviour modification. Most of those dogs are listed as staff only, though some experienced volunteers do get to work with them, they require consistent training from those who regularly work with them. I've been helping all the dogs with getting their basics, such as charging clickers, working on gaining some focus, staying calm when going in and out of the kennel, starting to learn how to walk politely on leash.
|Marley is still available for adoption at the HRM SPCA|
The other dog I did some work with today was a sweet little guy named Luke. Luke has a vibrant personality and is cute as anything, but has a nasty habit left over from puppy hood. He is one mouthy dog. He is not a bitter, but he puts his mouth around your arms and when taking treats is all teeth and entire mouth closing down on your hand. So I spent some time working on rewarding him for not mouthing. It was simple and he got the concept quickly. I clicked him starting off by attempting to take treats gently, using his tongue to get at them, the increased the criteria to not trying to get them at all. By the end I was able to hold a treat on my flat palm and he would wait for the click before taking the treat.