Monday, November 5, 2012

16 Weeks - Playmates

Teg, the border collie pup

A week ago at the agility trial, Maddie had lots of opportunities to greet and play with other dogs.  I was pleased to see that she greeted large dogs with manners and a little submission.  And she was surprisingly gentle with some small dogs.
One of my issues is that once Maddie is deep in play with another puppy, she does not recall.  Each time I have called, I have had to make it happen using her leash so as not to accept being ignored.  However, I recently found that canned dog food is a very special treat for Maddie.
Maddie, the Boston terrier. My Maddie was very polite to her.

I took a very small plastic container with a lid and added a mixture of canned dog food with her usual kibble.  I used this special reward mostly for recalls and boy did it sharpen her up.
Party, the border collie
Maddie seems to have this effect on border collies.

Maddie was leaving an intense play session with other puppies immediately for her special reward and then I would usually allow her to engage in play once again.
 Maddie springing it on Springer, Echo
That is all I want a recall to be... just an interruption to share a yummy treat.
 Cappy, the Welsh Springer
 "You don't mind if I chew on this?"
We will keep practicing.

5 comments:

What Remains Now said...

I think the first word that comes to my mind when I see pictures of Maddie is "enthusiasm." What a playful pup!

houndstooth said...

I'm with Lori! She doesn't lack for enthusiasm at all. She sure seems like an outgoing girl, too!

Apex Agility Greyhounds said...

What a cutie! She's lucky to have all these friends to play with! Around here there are almost no properly socialized dogs. Makes it hard for me to socialize Kili. Today we saw a basset while on our walk but the owner quickly walked the other direction before we got very close, and two labs in a backyard went absolutely ballistic barking at us and fighting with each other. That really scared Kili, but thankfully she recovers well.

Hiking Hounds said...

I love watching puppies play. I remember the first time I called Astro out of a group of puppies. I was so happy, and shocked. :-)

Claire Krigbaum said...

I love that picture of her and Maddie the Boston. Funny that she is naturally respectful of older dogs!
I have had the same problem with Indi when she is playing. I did find that if she sees me holding her frisbee or ball she will stop what she's doing to come to me, but then she was bringing the toy to her playmate, not back to me. She is changing a little bit though and now does sometimes decide she'd rather play fetch.