In training all of our dogs, we spend a lot of time proofing basic obedience cues such as “sit”, “down”, “come” and so on. ¬†Today Dundee had a very special opportunity to practice his incredible training with The Shadowlight Group ! ¬†Dundee was chosen to model in an advertisement for a Lowes kitchen! ¬†Dundee, and the world’s greatest 7 year old model, Jordan worked very hard from 9am – 1pm to get the perfect shot. ¬†Dundee learned to follow cues from a child, be off leash in a public building while remaining focused and even got to learn to new cues! ¬†Jordan (who we’re hoping wants to volunteer as a dog trainer someday!) taught Dundee to “dance” – stand on his hand legs, and to “shake” or give his paw! ¬†At the end of the day we left with one tired puppy, who was very eager to take a long nap in his crate! ¬†We would like to thank everyone at The Shadowlight Group, Lowes and Jordan for their hand in Dundee’s future as an assistance dog!
With the holidays being busy, Dundee didn‚Äôt get as much training and play time as we‚Äôd like.¬† It is on days like this that we are so grateful for¬†KONG.¬† A few months ago we received a larger than Dundee sized box full of donated KONG items, straight from the company.¬† The donations included lots of interactive food toys, including their latest invention, the Wobbler!¬† Tonight we placed 1 cup of Taste of The Wild kibble into the Wobbler and after having Dundee sit and wait like a gentlemen, released him.¬† This video was taken only seconds after he was given the ‚Äúokay‚Äù to go investigate!¬† The dinner time, which out of a bowl only takes about two minutes, now involves problem solving and moving about for approximately 20 minutes!¬† Enjoy the video!
As we‚Äôve mentioned before, it is crucial for Dundee and all working dogs to be extremely well socialized. Puppies brains‚Äô by age 4 months of age, are 80% developed! That means everything that he learns after that ismuch harder to teach it, and theoretically takes longer because you are some what¬†changing the ‚Äúwiring‚Äù of the dogs brain. While Dundee is learning a lot by experiencing life (sights, sounds, smells, etc) we balance this out so that we do not over whelm him, and stress him out.