Growth! That is the simplest way to describe the last couple weeks. Don’t get me wrong, the ups and downs continue. Gryff has learned to sit, look at me, lie down and stay in the last few weeks. At the same time, we have continued to see a regression in his ‘potty’ training and I definitely need to look into what has led to his desire to ‘mark’ everything when he did not do this before. Regardless, I celebrate the growth I am seeing!
I mentioned in my last post that Zak George offers a free 30 day training program. I went for it and signed up! It has been a bit of a struggle to keep up with it, however, it has been very useful content. There are daily emails with instructional videos as well as an additional daily email with varied tips. The fact that it comes right to my inbox is handy in keeping me accountable and committed. Everything, and I mean everything he has gone over so far has worked and worked quickly! It will definitely take a little more than 30 days for me to get through but I think that’s okay!
Zak is so reassuring. He makes it clear that everything we work on will take far longer for mastery and will need continuous practice and reinforcement. The message of consistency is repetitive and clear, but also makes it okay that we may not achieve exactly the goals I was aiming for by the end of this ‘project’. Regardless, I am feeling like a much better puppy parent these days!
In addition, these boys are more spoiled than ever! I have never spent so much money on my dogs as I have in the last two months. Between new leashes and harnesses, searching for low calorie treats (Zak George was using 1 cal treats and I realized mine were 5.5 per treat – YIKES), new toys meant to tire them out more quickly and a new subscription Bowzer box, these boys are currently living the life!
I have shared some of the videos and individuals I have been following on TikTok. There isn’t too much to share regarding my TikTok though as I am not posting anything! However, I may do a screen record and share some of my resources on my FlipGrid. Today I would like to share my Wakelet and my Flipgrid with you! Wakelet has given me a way to keep some of the content I am finding in one place. I have found that despite following trainers on Instagram and Facebook, my main sources have been TikTok and other resources I have checked out as result of recommendations of others (or TikTok). Wakelet has been helpful to keep this organized.
My Flipgrid has been a work in progress! I appreciate how it is showing the progression of things however I wish it captured all the learning that has been taking place behind the scene. I do struggle to get videos, particularly of the two things I set out to improve at the start – the leash walking and how they react when people come in. However, this whole project has led to so much more than a focus on these two skills! I will definitely try to capture some film in the final two weeks of this major project, but for now, please enjoy a look at how things began as well as some of the awesome gains we have made!
Thanks for reading and for checking out our puppy progress!!