Four weeks ago, just after we got Bane, I went online to fetch a bargain; and I got one. O.k, four weeks is a long time to wait for a small plastic clicker, but guys, it only cost seventy US cent, including postage from China.
There are loads of videos and websites dealing with clicker training, so i won’t bore you with the details. Click here for a decent introduction to this positive reinforcement training method.
My aspirations do not involve me dancing in sequins with a cane and the Rottie’s jumping through flaming hoops, sadly no. Basic obedience is the aim of the game here, for everybody’s’ benefit.
Bane already has some basic obedience; sit, down, stay and come; it just needs sharpening up a bit. Initially, fetch was a complete mystery to him, along with treats as a reward. I spent the first two weeks just bonding with him, and found he loves a good groom as a reward, just as much as a gravy bone.
Rocky on the other-hand I would describe as precious. He, unlike Bane, was obviously accustomed to indoor living. We’ve only a week but already he has his little routines, not only is he house trained but he waits to have his paws wiped when he comes in from outside. Bane took to the clicker conditioning straight away, whereas Rocky was initially frightened by the noise.
It’s going to be very interesting to see how these dogs progress with their training. They are both approached two years of age, but they have very different personalities; everything is new to Bane, he’s like an oversized puppy. Rocky, on the other-hand, is quite sensible, grown up and worldly wise.
Watch this space or check out the boys’ blog on tumblr.