Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Charlie practicing stay even when the shop door is open.
Charlie has developed a habit of running away, which creates stress for me and others involved. He's now restricted to being tied up or on the leash whenever he's outside. It's easy for me to feel discouraged. Then I have to remind myself how much progress we've already made and translate my expectations into small, obtainable goals. 


  • sit
  • shake
  • wait for permission before eating
  • enter and exit the vehicle
  • potty trained (already mastered when I got him)

In progress:

  • stay
  • wait for an invitation to go in/out doors
  • step away from the door while people are entering/exiting
  • walk at my side without pulling on the leash
  • appropriately greet visitors
  • not chase cats


  • go home (doghouse)
  • lie down
  • come (always, immediate) This should help with the running-away problem.
  • respect property boundaries


  • go to the shop
  • go to Logan, Naomi...
  • walk at my side without a leash
  • fetch (my retriever has no desire to chase a ball)
  • run beside a bike

For his few faults, which dominate my thoughts, Charlie has many good qualities. He is friendly dog who loves people, including children. He likes to ride in the car because he's with me and he knows he's going somewhere exciting. He doesn't bark much, doesn't make a mess, doesn't chew or destroy things, doesn't harass other animals (except cats) and eats whatever I give. All in all, I am very thankful for my dog. But, I am also very determined to continue training him. 


  1. I didn't realize dogs make New Year's resolutions. Charlie has set the bar high but I'm sure if you stick with it you will both be happier in the end.

    I wish I had worked more on the people go through the door first goal. We have been working (again) on Come (voice and hand motion). I've been trying to have treat in hand when she obeys....she's improving.

  2. Good for you, Amy. Persistence pay off. You'll both be happier, in the end, if you keep at it. Charlie looks and sounds like a very intelligent dog so keep up the good work.

  3. why every dog should own an Amy...

    1. be might have a yard full of dogs when you get home if you encourage her this way!

  4. plus a cat and a bird and a fish, and some bunnies, and maybe a goat or two