Two weeks ago, Loki and Juno went to a warehouse training class with our training clinic. During the week, they vary the locations at beaches, warehouses, empty retail stores and even dog parks to reinforce the mantra, "obedience, anytime, anyplace." I love training my dogs because it builds a very close relationship to them. After a certain amount of time, the connection moves from the leash to a partnership. I'm fascinated with some specific dog sports that involve a tremendous amount of trust and partnering between the dog and the handler. Below are some photos from the warehouse training. These dogs have been exposed to so many things. They've even both ridden a forklift and have walked through freezer. Shockingly, Juno didn't want to come out of the freezer.
People wonder why Loki and Juno have such good down-stays. This is why. I left them in another isle and I walked away from them out of sight.
Louie, the little chi-wow-wow, is Loki's school girlfriend. She's also in his search class and kicks butt in search. They have a real cute bond between each other.
Here's a dobbie who's "yahooing." She blew off her handler and is running amok. Notice all the downed dogs are interested but not moving out of their downs. They all have a lot more time invested in training than the dobbie and know better than to get up. Lots of times the stress is so high for a dog in school they just burst and they go into avoidance through play.
Of course, this has never happened to Loki or Juno (snicker, snicker, NOT!).
Later everyone recalls their dog one at a time. Little Louie leaves her boy, 'cuz momma is calling. Notice Loki and Juno haven't moved though almost all the dogs have recalled. What you can't see is me holding a skillet making all kinds of threats to them.
"Cupcake, do you think working us like this after hours in a warehouse is conducive with labor laws?"
"Muzzle it Big Boy, I think I smell macaroni and cheese in isle 7."
In addition to the awesome training we're doing at K-9 Clinic, I've started Loki with a secondary trainer for Schutzhund ring sport. I've had four or five trainers tell me he should do the sport as he has the drive for it. There are days I think he does and then there are days I think he doesn't. I'm actually not sure how well he and I will do in the sport. I think he'd do well if he had an excellent handler, but I'm so new and make so many mistakes. One thing is for certain. He's an excellent dog to learn how train a dog. He learns fast and is very forgiving of my handling mistakes.
Juno is quite unusual for a Siberian. She practically demands that I train her as well and in the same tasks as Loki. You should see her sulk when I'm working him. I think it would be funny if I could train a Siberian to do all the same tasks Loki can do in Schutzhund. I think she could probably do most of tasks, but not all as some obviously require specific natural drives that her breed doesn't have.
I've also been training Loki's structured retreive, which I may add, is super hard. It's not like throwing a ball and having the dog get it. It's about having the dog understand that you want him to get a specific non-toy object, sometimes something they don't enjoy having in their mouths, and bring it to you. I'll have a video of it this week. Juno's picked up the game as well, which completely shocked me.
Below is a video of Loki and Juno being trained on some basic heeling work and target touching. The video below is 10 minutes long. Note, I train two dogs at the same time. One stays in a down-stay, while the other works. Believe me, this wasn't an intentional trainng method. I had to learn to train this way or my house would be destroyed by a certain Siberian waiting her turn.
Enjoy how funny the "sibe" in Juno comes out in the end! If nothing, she's certainly an entertainer!