A few times over the last months hubby has complained to me that Stella didn't listen to him when he walked her. I basically accused him of being to stingy with the treats but I don't think I really believed him. In my head I thought she just wasn't reacting as quickly as she would with me if I called her. I am the main dog walker in our home as I have a more flexible schedule but on days that I am busy he is happy to walk them and we often walk together on weekends.
Well ...... we were walking the dogs together last weekend and I got to witness that she really does ignore him. The dogs went racing by us and he called her and she just kept going. I called and she stopped dead and came right to me. Hubby was not amused so I suggested we work on things a little bit. I watched for a good opportunity and had him call the dogs. When they came I watched and although he did have a yummy treat in hand he asked both dogs for a sit and waited until they were both seated before he gave the treat. I gently suggested that perhaps he was confusing Stella and she wasn't understanding that the treat was reward for the recall. By the time he actually gave her the cookie she thought it was just because she was sitting there. I suggested that the second she got to him to give her the treat. He walked the dogs a lot that week as I had a horrible cold and he was on holidays and commented by the end of the week that Stella was very much improved.
Is this bribery or perhaps even a lure? Good dog training or bad? I really don't care. This is an easy fix that my husband is comfortable with. It is important for safety that the dogs have a good recall so I am more than willing to pay them for that. My husband is like most people. He loves the dogs but he doesn't care about perfect heel position or if a sit is crooked. He wants a well behaved pet that comes magically trained and so far that is working out pretty well for both husband and dogs :o).
Riley update .... We have an appointment coming up to meet the veterinary surgeon and have Riley assessed for hip replacement surgery. It will be good to have a plan one way or the other.
We were supposed to have gone to Tofino last week before parking the trailer for the season but opted to be work and fiscally responsible instead. Here are a few pics from last year.