Had a clicker training session tonight!
JoJo: come, sit, down, stay (whatever position), which hand has the treat?, bow reviewed. Heel left & right, up (stand), & shake started/learned! We'll continue to practice, but I actually think she speaks a little English? She's NEVER done shake or heel before, and shake she did as though she's always known, and heel she did with just a little bit of luring. I guess I have a genius dog?
Kibeth: come, sit, down, sit stay, down stay, stand stay, heel left, shake, other paw reviewed. Needs work on heel.
Thank God they both already walk well on a leash after about 10 minutes of freedom to pee/poo/sniff first. It's nice to have that checked off my list beforehand. They also both have an automatic recall when I say their name. I did JoJo first, and locked Kibeth in my bedroom. That went well, until we switched. JoJo whined a few times, and sort of cried once or twice. Kibeth actually seemed rather concerned when JoJo would make noise, it was very sweet to see! I felt a few pangs of guilt, but I know it's good for them to have time alone with me. JoJo thought that the treats just emerged from the clicker by the end of the session, so I let her give it a good inspection when we finished. She was very thorough, but found no villainous treats within. =P
Now I have to get them to understand that every stranger dog/person is not their new bff and they are not exempted from a stay for such occasions.
I think I'll teach JoJo to lick my face and lay by my side when I'm having a panic attack. She already nuzzles my hand if I reach down for some comfort/presence. Eventually I want a trigger for her behavior to be any of my PA symptoms.
Overall, I'm very proud of my girls, and they're both geniuses!