|Photo of Tim laying down by his puppy raiser. Fred and Jam are behind them. Jam is standing and reacting to something, could Tim be sending silent signals?|
|Photo of John Cleese playing Tim the Enchanter from Monty Python and the Holy Grail|
I walked Jam back a bit for the exercise to begin. We started to come together. Jam eyed the evil Tim and realized the duel had begun. Clearly, a calm walk forward was NOT called for. What was needed was a LEAPING JUMP and then GRAB HIM BY THE NECK ALA CALL OF THE WILD!
We backed off and tried again, but as soon as we backed up, Jam was already laser locked on Tim's eyes. Did it matter that Tim was looking down and wagging his tail. No! Tim had obviously issued a challenge. Jam was honor bound to return said challenge. They met and clashed again like a pair of jousting knights. Rather Tim calmly walked forward and Jam leap forward and grabbed his neck in a mad dog wrestling lock a la Andre the Giant and prepared to toss Tim to the ground when I yanked him back.
Hmmm. This duel wasn't going as Jam expected. Each time they met, the leash holder was screwing it up for him. What was he doing wrong? Could it be the obvious stare down he was giving Tim? Could it be the foreshadowing of the leaping jump that was about to come? All of this Trainer Karen was able to point out to me.
"Don't look at the person coming towards you. Look at Jam. He will signal what he plans to do. Then you just need to correct him before he does it, when he signals his intentions. And give lots of praise afterwards."
So take that enchanters! No longer will Jam respond to your evil challenges. I have your number! He will be a good boy from now on. I am walking with intention and looking at Jam and if I walk into a wall, you had better not laugh!
After all, this is for a good cause. And laughing would be wrong. Oh so wrong. 8-)