Focus, Ready and Roll

8 May

First classes can be a bit stressful…new dogs with unknown sociability, reactivity or shyness. Our Bully Project team was all ready as the pittie mixes of every shape, age and color started to walk into the park. From the little pup, Cash (Dosa has competition in the cutest pup department!), to Chance, an elderbull, all dogs and  their owners were set to start learning and working. Pepper and her mom waiting patiently for class to begin:

Pepper and Mom

After getting everyone settled and explaining the “rules” of Bully Project (no dog-dog greetings, respect space, ALWAYS hold the leash), Ann, our trainer extraordinaire started with “focus.”  Owners would reward their dog when they looked at them. Seems easy, right? Not always, and not when there are 10 or so other dogs, and especially when in a new place, in a park and RIGHT next to the dog run. Our teams were rock stars. Take a look –

Georgia and Mom

Kaine and his people


Angel and His Dad

The teams then worked on “sit.” Some dogs needed to be lured instead of waiting it out, like Cash the pup:

Cash notices the yummy treat!


Next up was “down.” Again, although it seems like a simple behavior, some of the dogs didn’t want to lay down on the grass. Here are Bella and Pepper:





Lastly, we practiced polite greetings. We all visited each team and when the dogs were polite (all fours on the ground), they got attention and/or treats. Jumping meant we walked away. We were impressed with how polite most of the dogs were!

Next, we will work on target and loose leash walking! Can’t wait. We love hand targeting!

Some more pics from class to get you through the week:





3 Responses to “Focus, Ready and Roll”

  1. barbarajkennedy1014 May 8, 2012 at 12:27 PM #

    Saw the class, and enjoyed watching from inside the run. Pictures are wonderful. Well done all!

  2. kate May 8, 2012 at 12:47 PM #

    What a great looking bunch of dogs in that class!

  3. Ashli June 1, 2012 at 11:50 PM #

    I am in the process of adopting a pit mix, depending on when this process is complete, can I come with her?

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