I made this video a few weeks ago. Just put the finishing touches on last night because I knew it would only take a few minutes. Zydeco is so much bigger now! WOW! The great benefit about teaching this particular skill proactively is that putting shoes on is often a part of an exciting chain of events such as getting the leash out and then going for a walk, or putting your shoes on and then leaving puppy alone in the house–both are potentially difficult for dogs to handle emotionally. If you teach your puppy to be calm when you put your shoes on, however, as I am doing here, it can help change that pattern of over-excitment, and you are much more likely to have a calmer puppy on your walks, and a less anxious puppy when you leave the house.
Turn annoyance to delight with this simple flirt pole idea for active puppies that just won’t quit.
Tonight while I was trying to make dinner, the Z-man was right in the middle of his evening witching hour, buzzing the kitchen, dragging wet toys in from the pool outside, pouncing on Maya, attacking my feet…I could have put him in his crate I suppose, but I came up with this instead. It’s a Kong Chase-it toy wedged into the handle of a cabinet. Worked like a charm, totally kept him busy for about 15 minutes…except it was so fun to watch him play, I had to delay dinner anyway. Oh well!
P.s. I also tried scattering dried spaghetti on the floor and that turned out to be pretty diverting also.