2 Paws Up!!

2 Paws Up!! success stories

Each month we feature dogs and their owners who are demonstrating remarkable training progress. At the end of a great lesson, we are always so happy to watch fearful dogs become comfortable, crazy dogs grow calm, and aggressive dogs find manners. We would love to learn more about your training success stories. Please feel free to share your great experiences and images with us by emailing cr@tenderfoottraining.com.

  • 2 Paws Up!! for Joey & Sorin

    Sorin was asked to pet sit at the last minute for 2.5 weeks.   Sorin did not know this household of animals very well so there is no past relationship to draw from.   One of the residents, Joey, bites when scared.  Joey is a terrified 2 yr old, 6 lbs Chihuahua.

    Sorin was there for a week, and little progress had been made.  Joey wasn’t able to trust Sorin, who is a very calm and loving person.  She was so terrified she wouldn’t even look at the treats Sorin offered her.

    Elizabeth worked with them for 2 hours – working on: approaching, touching, lifting, holding and Tenderfoot’s puppy drills for mindfulness, calming and trust.  It took a little time, but Joey grew to understand no one was trying to hurt her, in fact interacting with humans felt good.  She was able to relax, enjoy, and even seek out attention.

    Sorin said that night and into the next morning Joey was a different dog.  She was trying to engage with Sorin, cuddled with them, slept with them, stopped barking at them, and was delightful. They went for walks, and became real friends.  Happily ever after.

    YAY!!! Joey & Sorin

  • 2 Paws Up!! for Odin, Kyle and Logan

    Don’t you love the mirror shots? He can’t believe how handsome he is. Actually mirrors help with social interactions with other dogs. Especially when COVID is keeping you at home too much and your dog needs to see other dogs to get used to them.

    His parents are doing a great job of socializing him during these tough COVID times. He’s been visiting car dealerships (yes, you can take your dog to most car dealerships), hardware stores, and big sporting goods stores. He’s learning the important skills of patience and impulse control. Odin is insanely handsome and most people can’t walk past without wanting to say hello and his parents are teaching him NOT to expect to greet everyone who walks by. As important as positive socialization is, it’s almost more important to teach your puppies to relax and observe.

    His parents are excellent about asking most people to ignore him and only let 40% of the people actually stop and say hi. This way Odin is setup for success and isn’t pulling against the leash to get at all of the people who glance his way. He is learning to observe the world without reacting to it, which will come in very handy when he is the park surrounded by squirrels and other dogs.

  • 2 Paws Up!! for Paisley

    What kinds of nature-inspired activities do you do with your dogs to engage them, build strength, or foster agility? Here’s Paisley training with Doug on wood and rocks to increase her strength and foster agility. She’s a natural!

  • 2 Paws Up!! for Teddy & Melanie

    Teddy is a super star and excelled at his Farm Dog Test. Melanie and Mark do an amazing job keeping Teddy’s skills sharp and constantly introducing him to new adventures. This training session was devoted to keeping Teddy calm around farm animals and helping Melanie maintain a loose leash. Well done everyone!!!

  • 2 Paws Up!! for Kinji & Sarah

    Kinji, a mini-Aussie, has a terrible habit of losing his mind when he sees another dog. Any dog, any time. He goes ballistic, and his family is struggling with his behavior in their busy neighborhood. During our first meeting we reviewed the Tenderfoot 3-step Drills, worked on calming Kinji through touch and the ‘Show Stance’ drill, then brought out a dog. Kinji was AWESOME!!! He was able to maintain a calm demeanor, and walk towards, behind, in front of and around Levi. To top it all off Doug took a walk with both dogs, and Kinji was amazing. He was completely comfortable, not reactive and able to focus on connecting with Doug. Very impressive job Mr. Kinji!