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Who is training who?

posted August 6th, 2014 by
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We are nearing the end of summer and everyone in my house is getting a little anxious and antsy for our usual routines that come with the school year.

The other afternoon I decided to kill two birds with one stone and attempted to keep my boys and toddler all entertained at the same time. It seemed like a great idea to teach my toddler how to give commands to our two Bostons and reward their behavior with treats.

While I definitely accomplished my initial goal of keeping everyone entertained for the afternoon, I think I also stumbled on to a great exercise as far as teaching my daughter patience with our animals and teaching our animals to listen to our toddler.

At first, things were a little chaotic and it was a free for all with my toddler yelling ‘sit!’ while making it rain treats on the dogs. Once I regained possession of the treat bag and a little control, we started to make some progress.

We kept it simple. Sit. Stay. Lie down. At the end, we added high-five for fun. I had my daughter say the command and use a hand signal at the same time (sometimes toddlers are hard to understand!). This was an easy refresher for my boys, they have been through training before. Admittedly, around the time my daughter was born, we stopped practicing so much.

My dogs loved having the attention of my toddler and got some extra stimulation (and a lot of extra treats!). My daughter got to see what it was like to be in charge and tell someone else what to do, with the added bonus of experiencing the frustration of not being listened to. I don’t think she liked it!

Both toddler and dogs need to work on their technique, but all in all, it was a successful afternoon and an activity we will repeat in the future!

– Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]