Who doesn't know that we have a new puppy? Raise your hands. OK.. you people have to leave.
When we got our Hannah Banana puppy almost 4 weeks ago (holy cow.. four weeks??) we were determined to start out right away teaching her to behave and follow simple commands. Sit, lay down, heel, don't eat my plants.. those kinds of things.
Although both me and hubby are firm believers in never letting a dog run loose, we know there may come a time when she manages to wriggle her way off the leash. (Alright.. we do take her out to play catch almost every day. Minus the leash.)
I want her to know that cars are BAD things. Cars do NOT mean run out in the road. With this in mind I came up with something to teach her when we go out for walks. Whenever a car approaches, I stop walking and tell her to sit. After the car passes, I give her a treat and we continue walking. My thinking is she will come to associate an approaching car with sitting down and waiting for it to pass.
Today we were out walking along the roads in back of my apartment complex where new houses are being built. I see a FedEx truck coming so I stop and tell Hannah to sit. The truck driver waves and since I'm a nice person I wave back.
He pulls his truck to the side of the road and hops out. It's at that point that I recognize him from last week. He'd stopped to deliver a package at our building and paused a moment to oh and ah over Hannah as we were leaving to begin a walk.
So.. today he walks over to where we are by the side of the road, gives Hannah all kinds of attention.. and gives her a dog biscuit.
So now, YIPPEE, cars mean attention and treats!!!!
So much for that idea. *Laugh*