January 8, 2009
I got both Jackson and Sadeem out today, but
mostly worked with Sadeem.
Sadeem made progress from yesterday. He
didnít rear as much and seemed calmer. I
worked on rewarding him when he came up to
me and stood quietly. I plan on reinforcing
this behavior a lot. He seems to want to
come up to me, do something, and get a
treat. This is a problem when I have my back
to him. I never know if he might rear or do
a Jambette right behind me!
I think I am going to solve this by
rewarding when he comes up to me only if he
stands quietly. Then I will go to his side
and ask him for a behavior that I can reward
while still staying safe. He also seems to
want to turn his butt toward me, but it
doesnít seem aggressive. Could this be
insecurity on his part?
But he did do better today. He even followed
me up to the house all by himself. He hasnít
done that before! I really petted and
rewarded him for being so brave.
His Jambette is getting pretty good, so I am
going to try to introduce forward movement a
little at a time. No rush, but just quietly
working toward the Spanish walk.
Didnít do much with Jackson, just asked him
to walk with me. I have mostly only trained
him to walk on my right side, but now I see
I need to work on this. Since Jackson is
most comfortable bowing on his right knee
with me on his right side, I am going to
work with him more from his right side. I
want to then train Sadeem to work on my
right side and to bow on his left knee.
I took both Jackson and Sadeem with me when
I went to get the mail. Once we got to the
mailbox, they both decided to go for a trot
in the corn field there. I wasnít too
worried. They came back after a couple of
minutes. I think they were just having some
Not much to tell today.
February 05, 2013