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It's a rainy, miserable day, and miss diva won't go out in the rain unless i'm with her getting just as wet as she is, so we had a practice and lots of play today.  Thoughts, comments, and constructive criticism is welcomed!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmelS9fLFIM

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Rocky doesn't mind getting wet as long as it's on his terms.  He'll play in the pond, in puddles and lay in the wet grass but he doesn't like it raining on him. I literally have to push him off the back porch and then stand in front of him for a couple tries as he attempts to get back on.  Then he reluctantly goes out to do his business all the while with an unhappy look on his face, squinting his eye up at the rain and at me with his little cheeks puffing out at the indecency of me making him do this....

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Once we're outside, she's fine.  But she won't go out the back door unless i'm going out too.  I feel like she almost smirks at me if my shoes aren't on, kinda like "yea right, you know i'm not going out there unless u get wet too" lol.  Once we get outside, I have a 10x10 canopy I can go under while she does her thing in the yard.

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Bravo on the video Kevin!! And kudos for the great training. Dakota looks like she's having a blast. I love the way she follows you with her head while you walk around her.. Nice touch with the kitties.. and the music is great.. There's one part in the video that looks like 'Kota is prancing in time with the music.. Sheesh.. how long did you have to edit this piece? Nice work. Great up and coming diva.

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Thanks!  took a whole 10-15 minutes or so to edit lol.  I figured I may as well get something up besides my crappy cell phone videos since I had my camera home, and it was nasty out.  She loves her play/train time!

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I can't watch at work...:(

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Great video. Enjoyed watching the two of you have fun.

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Really liked the video.  You can see how smart she is.  I absolutely love how focused she is on you while you guys are going through her behaviors.  She's a beautiful girl!  I am not looking forward to the rain with my crew this season.. we have no canopy.  Maybe I'll have to get one.  I'm going to have lots of muddy feet, I'm sure, with our dirt section in the back.  Hopefully Miles doesn't show Steve the "tricks of not going where you're supposed to when its raining".  As Miles won't go more than a foot from the door and then runs back inside.

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Thats hilarious, I love the cats and the way you have brought them into the film, so cool I was laughing my head off. As for Dakota , brilliant you have inspired me to put abit more work into Snoopy now. I really love the drop, I haven't done that at all and of course when he has something I now don't have much hope in getting it. How did you train this. How old is Dakota. Awesome film I love it.

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THanks guys!  Training drop has been easy, what I do, if I tell her to drop something, and she doesn't, she doesn't get her toy, and the play stops for a while.  After a while, I would come back and try again.  It didn't take her long to learn that if she doesn't listen, she doesn't get the toy back.  Find something your dog loves to do, Dakota loves fetch, and tug.  So when she brings something back, or after a round of tug, I have her sit, and drop it, and if she drops it, we get to play again.  When I initially taught her to drop it, and obviously she didn't understand the command, I would have her sit by me, take it out of her mouth, and the second she let go, I would tell her "drop it" and give a bunch of praise.  May take some practice, because until they're taught, some dogs don't want to give up their toy.  Drop it also helps them realize that it's not THEIR toy, it's YOUR toy, and you're just being nice and letting them play with it.  This will be quickest and easiest if you find their favorite toy or game, because that will motivate them much more than doing something they kinda like, but don't love.  Once she knew the basis of the command, and actually understood what drop meant, right after she woudl drop, (if we're playing fetch, she must sit before the ball or toy gets thrown) I would throw or do another round of tug.  After a few rounds of that, she now has no problem coming and giving me her toy when told.  Once she got that down, I would follow up the drop with a sit, stay, or other command, and give it some time between play so that she can start to understand that there may be some time before something happens after a drop.  That made her more patient, and it comes in handy in situations that are not play, or if she picks something up that she shouldn't have, she won't drop it and go right back.

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And as far as age, we estimate she's somewhere around 4 1/2 - 5 months... she's a rescue, and the rescue didn't know how old she was exactly, so estimates are all we have to work with.

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HI Kevin; great job on the video - and with the training.  Like Lori, I can't watch youtube from my computer at work -do you believe that doodey!!!  Talk about intollerable working conditions!  Now I have sound on my laptop at home and can enjoy your clips to the fullest.  Dakota is a honey bear!  She loves the stimulation of training, and spending quality time with you.  You are doing a great job!  Love the music and the pan of the kitty contributors!

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Impressive and inspiring. Loved the music, and your training video.  Dakota is a very VERY smart pup.

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Thanks!  She's awesome, love her so much, she makes me proud everyday!

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The thing that impresses me the most with her is how well she watches, waits, and listens so quickly.  When we're outside, in a more open area, working further away, and I give a recall, she comes running full speed.  Obviously when she's 3 feet away she's not going to be able to do that... but you can see how after I have her stay, when I call her name, she just snaps into position so quickly.  And while i'm circling around her, she keep the focus on me.  Once you can keep the focus, everything else falls into place much more easily.  I showed the cats, (which where shot during the training) to show that there was in fact distractions, it wasn't just me and Dakota inside.  When it's bad out, and we have to work inside, I also make sure to have plenty of her favorite toys scattered around.  The more distractions I can get her to work past the better!  We still have alot of work to do as far as positioning and whatnot, but for the amount of time we've been practicing I'm super impressed, and she's an unbelievably fast learner.  Wish I knew what else she was mixed with, must be something very smart lol.