|Example of a sock that came in contact with Jam and has the holes to prove it.|
|Same sock, underside, more holes. Bad Jam.|
So, I set up a great little training ground in the garden room and take Jam in there and within about 20 seconds Jam has snatched up the sock and it is like he has Lock Jaw. Not only that, but the Drop It command is an invitation to PLAY and he is bound and determined not to drop it.
It's like it is high noon and I am John Wayne, old, crotchety and with a sore back facing down a young, good looking Clint Eastwood. Clint is going to win.
Time to change the rules. We move the obedience to a different spot.
Now I set it all up and begin again. ARGH!! Jam just barely grabs the sock. But this time, I am in control and manage a correction and a cool and forceful Drop It.
It works. He drops it. Awesome.
The trainers say that all your emotions go straight down the leash, so if you don't feel like training, don't do it. If you aren't confident, the dog will know. Just relax, take a deep breath and believe in yourself and more importantly believe what you are doing is the right thing for the health and welfare of the dog.
Then try again. Worked for me.
Here's our second try at Sock Boot Camp. It won't be his last attendance at SBC. He will have many repeated visits as he is probably a repeat offender. But we WILL get him to ignore socks and open trash cans!
But, even with a closed trash can, problems can still occur....
So, training will continue on an as needed basis. Because as we know, Jammy is a complete bonehead and will need constant reminders that socks are best left alone!