Thursday, May 31, 2012
The Start of Tonka Training
Tonight Tonka began his lessons in socialization. Dan took him to the neighbor's house and he met two adults and totally charmed them.
I took Tonka on a road trip to a little park near our home and put him on a long line so he could run and play a bit. I brought a tug toy and a squeaky toy with us so that we could have some play time and I found that Tonka likes to carry his toys as he walks along. He also enjoys playing fetch and a bit of tugging.
I worked with Tonka on bite inhibition with a treat in my hand and he caught on quickly to the idea that once he quit mouthing and chewing at my fist the treat was given to him.
Then I started working on getting him to sit for a treat and in no time he was sitting pretty quickly and even staying still to eat 2 or 3 pieces of kibble.
While we were training a man and his young daughter walked up and wanted to meet Tonka. Tonka showed no fear at the newcomers entering his area and in no time was playing with the young lady, Allison. She threw his toys for him and he joyfully brought them back, they played chase and Tonka really enjoyed the attention. Allison even had Tonka sitting for treats.
After a short car ride I brought Tonka back home and we haven't heard a peep out of him. A tired puppy is a good puppy and we have a good, tired pup tonight.