June 2018

Beloit Dog Trainer Answers: Is My Dog Smart?

Loki Wanting Belly Pets

Loki Wanting Belly Pets

Raising Puppy Loki was difficult. He had (indeed, still has) what I call “ninja” skills. He had a knack for getting things off shelves without me noticing…until it was too late. I needed a way to prevent this.

(Note: This was before I had learned a whole lot about dog training. I would do things so much differently now. So don’t try this at home.)

Utilizing my much bigger brain, I realized that if I put things in front of the forbidden things, then they would act as decoys. That would enable me catch him before he actually stole the more valuable item.

Lo and behold, it worked!

Out of the corner of my eye, I would see Puppy Loki snatch the decoy and prance off with it. I then chased him down and asked for a “drop it”. (Note: He really liked the chasing part. See a problem here?) Once I retrieved the decoy, I replaced it for the next round, which was sure to come.

I don’t know how many times we did this. I was happy with the way things were going. And, truth be told, I confess I was also a bit proud of the way I outfoxed him.

But then, the pattern suddenly changed. Read More »Beloit Dog Trainer Answers: Is My Dog Smart?