September was a great month. As the weather cooled, we were able to increase the length of Kona’s walks. Her hair is gradually filling in where she had all the pustules from her infection so it looks like there will be little or no scarring. While P has been teaching Kona new tricks for months now, I decided to start working on a few new ones this month. Mine are purely for fun, and have no real purpose whatsoever – see if you can guess which ones they are on the list!
Commands she knows well:
- Stay (up to 1 min, with rewards every 20-25 seconds)
- Leave it
- Drop it
- Take it
- Go to bed
- Okay (permission to move / eat)
- Go sniff (to release her from heel)
- Shake (shakes her right paw)
- Paw (shakes her left paw)
- Circle (turning clockwise)
- Around (turning counter-clockwise)
- Touch (a game where she move around the room and she touches our right hand with her nose each time we say ‘touch’. So much fun!!!)
- Waiting at open doors / gates
Commands she is good, but not great at:
- Watch (a focus command where she cannot look away from us) – she’s getting better at this one
- Sitting when on a walk and the leash leader stops walking.
- Come – still needs work when distractions or temptations are present.
- Inside (used instead of ‘come’ when we want her to come into the house instead of continuing to play)
Commands that are new and/or need work:
- Play Dead / Bang
- Cuddles – she rests her head on my lap
- Noses – she touches her nose to mine
Using sit/stay has become incredibly useful when getting things done around the kitchen, including loading/unloading the dishwasher, and sweeping the floor.
Her growth rate is slowing down and on her 7 month birthday she was hovering around the 50 lb mark.