Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Jumpin Jack-A-Poo!

Once of the challenges with Max is his amazing capacity to jump and kiss your nose, hop a fence, latch onto your hair and clean your scalp (seriously).  If it is done on-command, CL has no problem with the behavior.  If it's done without the "okay" from She Who Must Be Obeyed?  Not good.  Here's what usually happens:
Max:  "I love you, I love you, I love you, you are the BEST HUMAN EVER."
Max (2 second later): "I want to eat your nose!  YUM!"
I have an amazing friend (Master Nick, he's the young dude in the pictures) who lives next door and visits four times a week.  He helps CL feed, walk and take care of me.  During his recent visits, he has been working with Max on training.  (Max is wonderful with children, especially a high energy 8-year-old!)  To date, Master Nick has taught Max to sit, lay down and walk on a leash.  Lately, he has been working on Max' need to jump.  The method is easy:
Every time Max starts to jump, Master Nick turns his back and ignores him.  Once Max calms down, Master Nick turns around and gives the jumpin' Jack-A-Poo positive reinforcement (aka LOVE) for the calm and gentle behavior. 

Check out the results, so far:

Pretty cool, huh? 


Wild Dingo said...

that brat has a future. oh and the Kid Master Nick isn't so bad either.

The Thundering Herd said...

We think Mister Nick is on his way to be an excellent dog trainer.