Emmet is doing really well with his training and has his next review with DHK over the Easter Holidays. Jumping up is STILL his Achilles Heel, but we are working on it. He has completed advanced puppy training and has also had some 1:1 sessions to work on not seeing every other dog as a play object!
Part of the DHK assessment is learning a trick, which we have already achieved, as Emmet now will push a button when given a cue. His assessment later this year will involve basic training, such as ‘sit’, ‘down’ and ‘stand’, recall and loose lead walking, but also ‘wait’ and a ‘stay’ with me going out of sight – this is assessed in a busy unfamiliar setting, so will be a challenge, but he is certainly well on his way to managing it.
There has been a lot of media about ‘School Dogs’ recently and having a dog in school is becoming a familiar process. There are still no regulations or official guidelines for bringing dogs to school, which is a concern for both the dogs and the school community. Emmet is most definitely in his teenage stage, which means he will occasionally ignore cues. This, along with jumping up, does not make him safe to work with children at the moment. Hence needing at least a year and a lot of training to prepare for that part. DHK are inundated with media attention at the moment as they are still one of the only organisations to have a training programme in place.
Emmet has his first cut and blow dry this week. A massive thank you to Jane Allum for making him look and feel so glam. See below for some pictures.