Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Penny can update

A few weeks ago I wrote about how we're trying to teach our big dog Maxwell to stop jumping on our house guests by using the penny can method.

We've had a chance to test out this new method with real, live house guests this week. The good news is that Maxwell did virtually no jumping the two nights this week that we had friends and family over for dinner. I should add, though, that all the house guests we entertained this week are dog-friendly, and most of them are also readers of this blog, so they knew exactly what they were in for when they rang the doorbell.

Still, in these fairly controlled circumstances, Maxwell is learning to better control himself. He really does not like the sound of the penny can, so he seems to be trying hard to avoid having to hear its brazen rattling.

I am happy to reward some good behavior with some Frosty Paws dog ice cream.

Our next dog training, scheduled a week and a half from now, will involve having Maxwell meet up with some big "stranger" dogs in a public space. These dogs are strangers to Maxwell in the sense that he's never met them, but this is all being prearranged by our dog trainer, who will bring all these dogs she's working with together for a morning meeting. He'll have to see if he can control his other bad behavior, namely being too aggressive around big dogs he's never met.

Even though I face that dog meeting with some apprehension, I am proud of the fact that these pricey training lessons seem to be paying off, at least a little.

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