Congratulations to our May client spotlight, Mattie the Labrador retriever mix!
Mattie is a recent adoptee from the Denver Dumb Friends League. She has been working on learning how to greet without jumping (sitting is proving to be a better option!) as well as how to walk on a loose leash, regardless of distractions, in our Day Training / Walk & Train program. She’s a quick learner and loves to please, which makes training a lot of fun as well as productive!
The most difficult part of Walk & Train sessions is when squirrels show up! They are very exciting and make it challenging for Mattie to remember to check in with her handler. With practice and patience, she is learning how to give better attention, regardless of the distraction, and it helps that cheese is very motivating, too!
Mattie has a very sweet disposition and really enjoys lots of attention, so giving her attention as a reward after getting check-ins on walks has proven to also be very motivating. Allowing sniffs and the ability to go look at the squirrels is also a powerful way to reinforce giving attention and maintaining a loose leash too.
While Mattie still has a bit of work to do before she can master an environment like Washington Park on weekends, she is well on the way to showing how important consistent training is to really enjoy nice walks together. We appreciate her and her father for putting in the time and effort to teach her what she needs to know in order to be successful in her new home. Thank you for choosing Delightful Doggies! We love working with you.