As a Canine Companions puppy raiser, I have 30 (yes, thirty) commands to teach this pup. These range from simple commands like "sit" or "down," to something you wouldn't think about like relieving on command, to more advanced commands such as putting his front paws up on a wall or counter so that he eventually will learn how to retrieve a purchase or hit the light switch.
The first fifteen or so commands are easier because the little firecracker has to know them just so that you can live with them. The rest are quite fun to teach, but not necessary for everyday life in your home. This can possibly lead to ummm...laziness in teaching these. After all, he doesn't need to know these right now.
About two weeks ago as I was filling out Dante's monthly report, checking all the pretty little boxes of each command he knows, I had a moment. "Oh shoot! This dog is fourteen months old and I still have three command to teach him!"
That, and the fact that my mom just booked our flights for his Turn In in August, got me seriously thinking about the precious six months I have left with Dante and the (long) list of things we are still working on.
So, this week has been a bit of a boot camp for Dante. I decided it was about time I teach the "roll" command. Honestly, we have tried this a few months ago without much success. Dante just gets so excited that I want him to roll onto his back, that we can only do it a few times before we have to take break and calm down (hey, if you have any tips on teaching this, they are welcome). While he doesn't know it yet, I think it is safe to say we are finally making progress - albeit a little!
So, now that I have admitted this to the world and have you all as accountability, I will update in a few weeks as to how this is going :-)
P.S. There is some exciting news to share, but you will have to wait a few days! :-)