Thursday, October 11, 2012

DoggyStyle: Ottomans and Benches for the Dog Home

Back when I first adopted Miss M, I was really poor. I had no furniture. I quickly figured out that I  could get by with less furniture if I bought benches and ottomans that could be easily moved so I could use them as laptop 'desks', side tables, and even dining stools:
I've since realized how valuable ottomans and benches are for the dog-owning home. They are lightweight and easy to move for vacuuming and if the pooches went some extra space to play. But we've recently realized how these can help with our dog training:
I've been going to classes with this young, handsome adoptable here where he is learning to work on his over-excitement and gaining willpower and self-control by practicing sit-stays and down-stays on a box. The idea is that the box gives defined parameters and the pooches know they're supposed to stay within the boundaries. The raised height gives them self-confidence while also limiting the chance for them to jump off. We've also learned this can be a mental exercise where the idea of learning self-restraint and maintaining a pose can also decrease their physical energy.
Eventually the pooches can practice down-stays at the elevated level for an extended amount of time. And at least it can get the pooches out from underfoot when we're in the kitchen.
Has anyone been practicing anything like this with your pup?

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5 comments:

Debra said...

Oh my gosh, that is brilliant! I'm always searching for ways to work on Ray's impulse control and this might just be the ticket!

Rebelwerewolf said...

At Mushroom's final reactive dog class, they brought out some agility stuff that included hurdles and a platform. I wasn't sure that she'd do any of it, but she actually jumped the hurdles and sat on the platform!

Jenna Nicholson said...

Those faces!! I think I just about die from cuteness every day from your pictures of Mr B & Miss M. They are so adorable and seem so well trained. Great job!

Two French Bulldogs said...

Great ideas we like to use the back of the sofas to jump around on and off we give mama heart attack
Benny and Lily

Kate said...

What a great idea! It's like they have their own pedestals, haha - just like they should! ;)

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