Dog training tools
I finally did it - put a Comfort Trainer on Pumpkin. What a difference a training tool makes. He instantly began to remain near and heel properly. I should've done it sooner.
He has also finally accomplished a sit and down stay with complete walk around. I can do most of his behaviors indoors off leash - heel, sit/stay, down/stay, come and finish along with tricks. He can perform one twirl to the right, sit-up/beg, lift right front paw slightly. We still have a long ways to go.
One thing he has really taken to is riding in the mule. He prefers to be on the seat as glued to my side as he can possibly get. As that's the side with my currently broken rib it isn't pleasant for me. Pumpkin will need to learn to relax enough to use his own space and not mine.
He is doing better with the girls, but only because they have accepted him as alpha. Jasmin still gets growly with him when he nears her and luckily he has enough respect for her to remain at a distance when she gets in these moods.
Pumpkin is great with the cats. He just puts his nose nearby and follows them around. He has made great friends with Zelda, my orange tabby girl. They like to do the nose-to-nose every morning, then she rubs against him. He's smiling the whole time and wiggling his butt.
Pumpkin - 2 year old, male, Australian Shepherd.
Miriam Fields-Babineau is the author of 42 pet books and is an animal actor agent.