He didn't want to follow any commands. He decided that he didn't want to lie down and be a good boy. He wanted to play tug with the leash. Captain Crazypants was back. Time for obedience lessons.
But then I saw something that our AC shared with us on Facebook: Southeastern tweeted the following yesterday... thought it was important to pass it along.. DogGuideTrainer (AKA Trainer Karen) said... "Dog I'm working was a certified crazypants as a puppy. Now he is my best dog. He just needed job to focus on. Raisers-don't give up!"
And I thought about how Jam looked later that day:
|Jam taking a nap in the workroom, a very sleepy puppy.|
- Desire: what does a guide dog puppy want most? To please us. So give them something to do and then praise them. A lot. And then give them more to do. Create the desire to work.
- Focus: if they have the desire to work, they will know to focus on you and your commands. Be consistent and praise often.
- System overload: when in doubt, do puppy pushups (Thanks trainer Jen!)! I also recommend doing stairs again and again.