I can’t say how important early training is with a dog. I’ve done some with Ruby…I probably should have done more but the good news, I can teach her new things any time.
I can’t help but smile each time she comes with me to the mailbox. When I look back, this is what I see…Ruby sitting right there.
Ruby stops right where she is sitting and waits for me. When she was little I would take her with to the mailbox and make her stop and stay right there. I would take a few steps if she got up I would go back and work on sit and stay again. Sometimes it would take four times for me to reinforce it. I worked really hard on it for about a week. At the time, she was only five months old. I started this training because I wanted her to stay away from the road. After that one week of training, I didn’t have to go back and reinforce sit and stay. One sit and stay command and she just stayed.
Now I don’t tell her to sit. I don’t tell her to stay. She does it all on her own. She walks to that spot and waits for me.
I sure hope that she’ll be able to figure this out once we move to town.