When she told me that dumbell is an essential piece of equipment in the obedience right, I shrug and give her an amused grin, like I care. But once she redirect her approach and told me that how the dumbell exercise and keep me slim and slender, with muscular jaw, I'm in awed. How can it never occur to me in that sense? Now I'm untterly devoted to workout every evening.
Lesson 2 from Control Unleashed, the game 'LAT' (Look at That). According to Leslie McDevitt, the owner needs to cue the reactive pooch to look at the 'subject' that will trigger a reaction before the dog spot it first. Once the dog LAT and before reacting, reward for the calmness. So, if the dog starts going nuts, barking and lunging, forget it and try again next time. The aim is to teach the dog to re-orient his focus back to the owner for the reward, instead of reacting to the particular trigger.
I hope what Ms Owner had deduce from her limited resources is right, afterall we didn't actually purchase the book. As a highly trained science student, is time to test out the hypothesis. Subject: The little chihuahua with the body size barely bigger than my head coming across the field. She starts to point and said "Look at That". Huh?! What? Oh, I see, it a little mouse. He looks interesting. She continue "Look at That". Hey, I think I should check him out to confirm his species. She still continue "Look at That". Erm... I know, is a new chihuahua. She doesn't seem to stop. "Look at That". Okay, now I'm annoyed. What's the big deal about the mouse-like dog. Can't we do something else?
I can clarify here, she is all wrong. I thought she is suppose to treat me when I look. Although it doesn't seems to follow the intended idea of re-orient the focus, at least she achieve making me loss focus of the subject that suppose to triger.
By the way, I would like to recommend this poo bag that we bought from Ikea, cost RM2.50 with 50 pcs. It easy and neat, no hassle anymore. Okay, I know we're being environmental un-friendly for buying poo bags instead of recycling from the kitchen, but now we can save time searching for it every weekend. Not cost saving, but time saving. Is still saving, nonetheless.