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Monday, November 12, 2007

Rocking Dog Training Day!

Cheyenne & Dakota: The Lab Brats
I finally have proof that dog siblings listen much better when they are on their own rather then when they are together!

My husband happened upon once-in-a-lifetime football tickets for yesterday's game and couldn't make it to early morning outdoor dog training. So, we prepared a Kong for Dakota and she was left home alone while Cheyenne and I headed out for cold-weather dog training. The Lab Brats didn't like being separated but when I look back on it, I know it was the best thing.

Cheyenne was on her mark the entire time during training! There was no sister on the other end of the line for her to concentrate on so her eyes were fixed totally on me. We were even able to do off leash training without her making a b-line for her sister. Instead, her off leash "front" command would find her sitting directly in front of me with her eyes focused on mine. It was totally amazing and the entire class was in awe because they always thought Cheyenne was ADHD and a class talker. Now they know she can behave.

It just goes to show that one Labrador Retriever is easier to train when you don't have a sibling around. Now if only we could convince the trainer to test Cheyenne without Dakota around next week during their graduation to the next level class. (laugh)



Blogger Kate said...

Is that a prong collar you've got on Cheyenne? Does it work for you?

November 12, 2007 8:34 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Yes, both girls are wearing a prong collar in the picture. We use the prong collars just for training and walks around our neighborhood. To leard more about prong collars and the correct way to use them, feel free to read this article I wrote on the topic: Canine Prong Collars

If you have any questions about the prong collar or the article, feel free to ask.

Lab smiles!

November 12, 2007 11:44 AM  
Blogger Marla Fauchier Baltes said...

Cute pic. It is easier to train one alone rather than two together. We use prong collars and they work great.

November 13, 2007 5:57 PM  

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