I thought it would be a nice idea to start a training log in Willows early days. She's only ten weeks old, so everything's very lighthearted and short; I'm not expecting her to be a wonderpup! I'm not expecting lots of replies but if anyone other than me reads this and has anything to comment on, please feel free. So far, we have been doing two to three training sessions a day. Depending on what we're doing, they range from as little as thirty seconds to about three minutes a time. - Behaviourally, she now knows if she wants something, such as her dinner, she has to sit for it to ask "please" and keep her paws on the floor. If it's something super exciting, this may take a couple of attempts, but I'm pleased she knows what to do, it's just a matter of her curbing her puppyish enthusiasm, which I'm certainly in no rush to quell. - Bite inhibition training is coming on, but again she can forget herself when excited or over-tired. I'm using a two-pronged approach of squealing to say she's hurt me and, if she doesn't immediately stop, I stand up and ignore her for a minute, during which time she normally goes and finds something else to do. - She has a pretty solid sit for treats. I've not tried outside of a training session yet, and don't feel I need to for a good while yet. Sometimes she knows I don't have a treat on me, but after I click, I get one from a stash somewhere nearby. I am using a hand signal and bringing in the cue "sit" as her bum starts to move down. I'm trying to build the sit/stay as one command (hand signal and/or verbal cue), so I've been using continuous C&T while she's in a sit position, stretching out the time between clicks to up to 5 seconds. Depending on how focussed she is depends how long I can keep the stay before she gets restless. Sometimes I have to keep it nice and simple or cut the session short if she's too twitchy to succeed. Sometimes, I've also been moving away slightly (one pace backwards) and rewarding her for that. She doesn't like me moving to the side, so that will be something to work on in the future. - I'm also trying to teach a release ("free"), as part of the sit/stay, but generally she's so determined to get a treat that she has her bum glued to the floor and won't move! - Jumping up - or, rather, not. I walk a short way and call her to me. If she keeps her feet on the floor, she gets a C&T, if not, I just walk away. During training, she's really good at this and catches on to what I want really quickly. - "Leave it". This is the thing she's best at and LOVES to do, so I do it pretty regularly with her. I've done it with a pile of treats on the floor; moving them around on my hand or on a plate in front of her; standing back a pace from them and today, holding a treat right in front of her nose. She understands the cue "leave it" and, until today, I was just C&Ting her leaving. Today, I started to also cue "take it", which she was getting very quickly when the treat was in my hand, but she was a lot more hesitant when it was on the floor. Last week, I was doing "leave it" with a high value treat - a balls of minced meat which is one of her favourite things, and she was so excited, she couldn't sit still, kept shifting her weight from one paw to the other, but she was as good as gold and didn't take it until it was offered to her (piece by piece). I was so proud! - Down is something we tried for the first time today. I completely failed to get her into anything approaching a down position. I had her sitting nicely on her bed, then (as per a video I watched), putting a treat to her nose and bringing it directly to the floor. I clicked as her head went down, but we didn't get any further than that. Generally, the bum came up, too. I'm going to have to either wait until she's bigger for this, or do some more research into other methods. I tried to use my leg to get her to go underneath, but her "leave it" training took over and she wouldn't go, bless her - Fetch/drop is something we've been doing during playtime and just sort of happened. When I throw the ball, she usually brings it back to me and then we'll have a little game of tug (my cue to her being "grrrr") but as soon as I stop and go quiet, she'll drop the ball and wait for it to be thrown again. I think this must just be instinct, but it's something I'm encouraging and when she drops, I'm adding a "give it" cue so we can work on it later. - Recall to the whistle. I can't take any credit for this, because she knew it when she came to us, but for three pips on the whistle, she will run as fast as her little legs can carry her from wherever she is to my side for the promise of something really tasty! I can't wait to start working on this away from home once she has her vaccinations sorted. I think that's pretty much caught up. I'll try to add a log every day so I can keep track of how she's coming on, where we've got to etc. It'll help me make sure we're not making the same mistakes over and over, too.