So excited, I had to share.

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Ella and I went to PetSmart today, it feels like I'm starting to live there. When checking out, the cashier asked if he could give her a treat. I said yes, so he told her to sit. AND SHE LISTENED! She hasn't listen to anybody other than me yet, and usually doesn't listen when there's a lot of distraction, and PetSmart is a very distracting place. I was so proud of my little girl, I went and bought her a new toy. She's been running around with it since we got home and hasn't stopped.

Ella and her new turtle toy

Ella riding co-captain

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Awww good girl, isn't she adorable??  I love how the kibble is all over the floor, looks like my house, and the min pins love it!  (Maybe why Buster is getting a little 'portly' LOL).

I could feel you beaming with pride!

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Ella likes to eat with her feet in the bowl. I've tried big bowls, I've tried small bowls. If she can't get her foot in it, she kicks it over trying. So there is always food everywhere. But it's ok bc Angel could gain a few pounds, she's losing weight in her old age, and she loves the puppy food. I've been letting her snack on what's on the floor hoping it'll put some weight on her.

But I was and am a very proud momma today! I even called my mom to tell her. She's been trying to get Ella to sit for a week now, but there are too many distractions, mainly her dog Trixie, at her house and she rarely comes to my house.

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Congratulations on the 'sit' that's a wonderful step towards.....well .... towards the rest..Ella is a darling.. Love  her eyes.. they just say volumes!

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We've had "sit" down good for about a week. So I guess were starting stay tomorrow. Ella finally wore herself out with the turtle and is sleeping.

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Go Ella!! :). Steve doesnt always listen to me but he pays attention to his little ten year old friend. They are funny that way.

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Okay- Ella, you are fulfilling my CUTE quota fo the day- you are adorable. And those ears! Magnificent!

 

Its always such a feeling of accomplishment when you get a good result from all your hard work. Suddenly it just seems to "click" for them. Be sure to reinforce the "sit" often...that seems to solidify the command in their minds.Regan is 4 now, and every so often I will treat him for a sit, or a recall, etc- just to intermittently reinforce the behavior. Hey, we all like pleasant surprises!

 

Looking forward to hearing- and seeing- more of Ella and her milestones. keep up the great job, Mom!!

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WAY TO GO, MISS ELLA!

Dont you love it when they make you proud?

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Now that she has the command down, we sit for everything. She wants to be petted, sit. (Hopefully I won't have as many scratches on my arms onece we master this one...) She wants to go out, sit by the back door. Dinner time, sit before I put the bowl down. She wants up on the couch, sit. It helps with reinforcement, and she's learning that sitting is the way to get what she wants.

Any tips on teaching "stay"? She wants to follow me when I step away or go chase Angel around. I redirect her, and it starts all over again. Teaching Angel stay was easy. That was one that she just picked up really fast.

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it is a nice feeling when they make you proud....

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I advanced from the sit for things to lay down with Steve.. just to show him I might want other behaviors too.  I did it because he was not good at that command, actually, and he was really great at sit.  So now we lay down for pets, we lay down for food, we lay down for our stays...

Stay is tricky.  You take her to class, don't you?  I think they go over the methods behind it in basic obedience.  I worked in small steps with Steve and he still gets up and moves if he wants to.  I know from other dogs, like Angel, some get it faster than others and some just need to mature a bit more.  I started making Steve "stay" in his lay down for counts of 10 on up for his food at night.. then we worked the stay into when we open the door to let him in, he must sit and "stay" until I release him to come inside.  That way I'm never very far but he's learning!

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I decided to move to stay instead of lay bc I need her to stay more often than I will need her to lay down. Like when I put her in the kennel, she walks in, sits, and walks out before I can get it closed. So I have to pretty much have to hold her in there. Everything is a big game to her, which I love but it gets frustrating at times. We do the "kennel, sit" several times before I just hold her in there bc I need to sleep or leave. I'm not bringing her to classes yet. I'm looking into it, but haven't made a decision on it yet. I want to do classes mainly for the socialization.

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Congrats. She is so cute but uh... You are going to need a bigger crate soon!

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This is Angel's kennel. Ella was borrowing it, until she got in trouble, and now has a new big one. (See post "Ella's DoberShinanigans have begun")

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thats a good girl ELLA!!