Cody had some basic obedience training
with Lexi Hayden, his fosterer and trainer
. Cody started learning some new things as soon as he arrived at the foster home. He was heartworm positive at that time so the training was limited by the inability to provide Cody with proper physical stimulation, as it was dangerous for his health at that time. Cody is a very bright dog who discovered the joy of learning and training at the foster home. He loves mental challenges as much as physical stimulation.
Cody has experienced clicker training and he absolutely LOVES it! He's motivated by treats, verbal and physical praise, toys and playtime. He's an affectionate dog so rewarding him with affection, love and some gentle petting is another way to motivate him.
Cody would do great at agility because he's very energetic and very agile!
Cody has learned a lot of great skills Here are some of my skills and commands that he's learned:
- Watch me
- Name recognition (Cody didn't react to his name when he came to the foster home
- Sit up/Sit pretty
- Doggy push ups
- Let's go
- Heel (Loose leash walking and automatic sit)
- Stay (Sit-stay and Down-stay)
- Get up
- Shake hands
- High 5
- High 10
- Running next to a bicycle
- Leave it
- Take it
- Place (and staying on a place until released even with distractions around)
- Spin circles
- Going to and touching a target
- Pull on a rope
- Opening the crate door, getting into the crate and closing the crate door behind him
- Fetch (even though Cody'a a retriever he had no idea about how to fetch at first, but now he enjoys bringing balls and other objects)
- Some balance and focus skills: getting on a small stool and keeping the balance (Cody LOVES this one and gets on the stool on his own when he sees it without being asked to!)
- Jump over an obstacle
- Jump over legs
- Jump over knees
- Hoop jumping
- Get in (getting into a heel position from facing a handler by getting on the left side of the handler and turning towards the handler's left leg)
- Weave (moving between legs)
Also Cody walks on the left side of a human on the leash and he's very good at that. He sits down automatically whenever a human stops. He also sits at the door and lets a human go first.
Good Doggy Manners
Cody already has some good canine manners:
Things Cody DOES:
- walk on the left side of a human on the leash
- sit down whenever the human stops
- sit at the door and let the human go first
- take treats from a human hand VERY gently
- sit down and wait when his being served his food
- let himself be groomed (brushed, washed, have teeth cleaned, ears cleaned and nails done)
Things Cody DOESN'T do:
- beg at the table
- bark for no reason (he's very quiet and doesn't bark almost at all)
- jump on people (Cody has a very exuberant nature and he used to do that but he learned not to; it is extremely important not to encourage jumping behavior and be consistent with the rule of not allowing Cody to jump on anybody - just remember the rule "four on the floor" - he can greet people when all 4 paws are on the floor )
- jump on furniture (one of the first thing Cody did when arrived at his foster home was to jump on a bed...he learned quickly that jumping on furnuture is not allowed)
- sleep with humans on their bed (he sleeps on his own place in the crate where he has his cozy and comfortable doggy bed)
- pull on a leash (when he came to stay with Lexi and her family he was a terrible puller and his previous owner surrendered him because of that reason; take a look at Cody's video to see the results of the training with Lexi!)
Cody is pretty soft - tempered and he is a very mellow, delicate dog. Lexi worked on building up Cody's confidence through training and some behavioral modification techniques during his stay at the foster home. Cody LOVES training.
Cody's very good with other dogs but just like in any situation dogs should ALWAYS be supervised.
Cody used to be unsure about thunderstorms, but it wasn't a severe or strong fear reaction. He used to cry a bit and become a bit restless during a thunderstorm. He has learned to relax during thunderstorms and not to pay too much attention to them. In general, he's pretty sound-sensitive and it is extremely important NOT to baby him if he shows any anxiety signs because this would only strengthen the fear.
Cody is very good while being groomed. He accepts everything: being brushed, washed, having his teeth cleaned and his nails done with a nail grinder. He enjoys the attention really.
He has no aggression issues - no food, toy, dog or people aggression. He's very mellow and gentle.
Cody loves affection. With that said, affection should be given at the right time and never at a time when a dog is stressed out, anxious or overly excited. Sharing affection at that moment will communicate a wrong message to a dog and will show that it's OK to be fearful, anxious or overly excited.
Favorite Games and Activities
- Playing the game "Which hand is it in?" ,where you place some goodies (like a small piece of hot dog... YUMMY!) in one hand and then place both of your hands in front of Cody so he can sniff and use his scent skills. Cody lets you know which hand the goody is in by placing his front paw on the correct hand. If he's correct (he usually is right ) he gets the goody and if he makes a mistake he doesn't get anything, but the game can go on so he can get another chance to find the treat
- Going on walks
- Running next to a bicycle
- Playing in a small kiddie pool
- Chewing a bone (this should ALWAYS be supervised so he doesn't swallow big pieces; it is a great way to clean the teeth and to satisfy a dog's natural need for chewing)
- Playing with Kong (especially if it's filled with some peanut butter)
- Jumping through obstacles and hoops
- Rolling on his back and wiggling when he's extremely happy and pleased: it's Cody's "breakdance"
- Making funny "purring" sounds when he's very happy (for example when he's being petted)
- Being trained (reinforcing things he already knows and learning new things) - you can see him think - just look at all those facial expressions and "wrinkles" on his forehead when he's thinking about something