Train Your Dog Photo Contest

January 26 /10

Our friends Niamh and Ambrose are holding
a very important event called
The Train Your Dog Photo Contest.

The Association of Pet Dog Trainers has made January National Train Your Dog Month. So to mark the occasion, Niamh and Ambrose are asking all their friends to submit photos of them training with their parents. It can be a photo of you practicing a trick or a skill or obedience. See Niamh's blog for details.
I decided to submit a picture of Mama and me practicing my Sit-Stays at street corners. I walk with a very long lead so I'm usually several feet in front of Mama, unless she has me heeling. That means I reach the street corner before she does. So rather than reeling me in at each corner like she used to, she's teaching me to sit down at the curb and wait til she's standing beside me, at which point she tells me it's "ok" to cross the street. Soon I will learn how to do this at driveways too.
This is an important rule to learn for several reasons, one being in case I break from my lead. Hopefully, I'll remember to sit down at the curb and not cross the street by myself.

Mama's making this rule apply to driveways too because sometimes people dart out of their garages really quickly and we want to make sure the coast is clear before I cross.
Right now I get a treat for my Sit-Stays on command. Eventually, I will move on to Sit-Stays without a command, and then without treats. Although I will always get "Good Boy" praise to keep me proud of myself and motivated.

I like learning new rules. They keep me well-socialized. And it's important for me to know what's expected of me. Rules also give me something to think about which keeps me alert and smart.
So if you're in training of any kind, you may want to enter the contest too. Deadline for entries is midnight, Jan. 31.
Have fun training and good luck!

12 comments:

Mango said...

That is most excellent training. Nice to know that some doggies get to walk out in front as long as they know when to wait. My brother does that. Me? I do not hear momma's voice at all if I am out and about. Pity.

I better get going on my photo for Niamh. Thanks for the reminder.

Slobbers,
Mango

Lorenza said...

Chef!
You are the best!
Good luck at the contest!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Maybe I need to attend BoxerKhamp!

I might be khwite the challenge fur your mom!

Nice pikhs! Good lukhk!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

happy said...

You're such a good boy, Chef! Good luck with the contest!

Maggie and Mitch said...

Your mom is lucky that you listen so well, Chef! Good luck in the contest!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Niamh said...

Excellent Chef! You and your mom are doing a great job! Thanks for posting about our contest.

Your friends,
Niamh & Ambrose

Eric said...

You are a very good boy Chef and your Mom a great trainer. What a team. Hold out for the treats as long as you can though!

Wiry love Eric xx

Joe Stains said...

That is definitely a good skill to have, safety first for sure!

Honey the Great Dane said...

That's a great entry, Chef! I have the same rules when I'm out walking! :-)

Maverick the Pirate said...

Harrrrr Chef
What good training Harrrrrr
Have ye seen my Rang Tang?
Cap'n Maverick the Pirate

Moco said...

We missed the contest. You are being rrained well. We are a worthless lots when it comes to doing what we are suppose to do. The crazy old bat and big red guy included.

Anonymous said...

hello everybody

I just thought it would be good to introduce myself to everyone!

Can't wait to get to know you all better!

-Marshall

Thanks again!