Zeppelin knows her name, now.
To the point that yesterday, she was chasing one of the cats that lives in the soi, and they both went out of sight behind a parked car. I called her name, and she poked her head around ther corner to look at me, ears perked.
It’s a pretty big deal being able yo get her to disengage from an activity like that just to check back on me upon hearing her name. It could have also been a complete fluke, so I will consider it a success more confidently upon replicating the situation a few more times. But there it is!
Haven’t begun teaching her recall yet… I think I might need to teach ‘stay’ first, since the first thing she does when she sees me is bound over and stick around. If I can get her to stay, then there will be enough distance that I can actuall recall her over.
I have NO idea how well she will learn to stay… I think it could be the most difficult thing to train her to do… So I am nervous to start ahaha.
But!! This morning, I introduced her to a leash. She is the sort who doesn’t pull–but rather–would sit down and refuse to walk when the leash is on. Anyways, I didn’t really give her the chance to exersize that kind of protest. Sausage for seeing the leash, sausage for letting put it on, sausage for not fussing once it was one and she stood up, sausage for walking towards me on the leash, sausages akimbo for walking with me around the driveway… First for walking a step, the for a few steps, then the length of the driveway, then turning with me, etc–until we were walking up and down the driveway without a hiccup. Slowly, but better than nothing!
It was about 10 minutes of getting acquainted to the leash… I will see if I can get another session in today and maybe we can get walking a little quicker and move out into the soi!
I am happy I have decided to work with her despite the sutuation. She seems to really enjoy it, and shes grasping concepts pretty well! So it is a positive experience for both of us so far..!