Sunday, November 20, 2011
Day 3 - Change of Plans
Additionally we started heading outside to work on getting in the car. I was planning on rewarding him for getting close to the car and repeating the exercise until I got a really happy response when we were getting close to the car (over time working our way into the car). But our training got sidetracked. Atticus was hesitant to go outside. In the picture above you can see he is licking his lips. This is a sign that he is not comfortable...not to mention the fact that he put on his brakes and would not move forward. I'm not sure if it was the stairs at the front of the house or the traffic noise or a combination of the two but most definitely he did not want to go further. So, instead of working on the car today, we worked on the front door. We first worked inside the house close to the closed entry way door. When I was getting a really good response from him, I opened that door. We slowly worked our way into the entry way. Eventually we got to the point where I could open the front door and he could hear the noise and the traffic and I was getting a really happy response from him. Not wanting to push our luck and pleased with our progress, I ended the session there. Tomorrow we will see if we can get out the door. If we can, we will do a similar process with the car.