The weather has been (intermittently) getting warmer thankfully! It has been so nice to start getting outside more and more as everyone seems happier when there is at least a little bit of outside time during the day (Mummy included). There are still so many bugs going around unfortunately, and since my last post, we had another round of gastro 😦 – thankfully this one only lasted 1-2 days, but still it’s never nice! We have also finally moved our toddler into his new toddler room and ‘big’ bed 5 days ago. It’s been taking a bit of getting used to for our young sir, but he seems to be loving his new-found freedom during his day sleep! We’ve entered the stage of play until crashing where he lies, or in yesterday’s case, where he sat. I thought he was still playing at his table but realised he had fallen asleep sitting up in his plastic chair! Talk about dedication to getting the most out of his quiet/play time… Last night was thankfully getting back into more of a normal night. For the first few nights we’ve left the door slightly open to help him get to sleep (it was the end of the world if the door was closed), but he surprised me last night by asking for it to be closed when I offered to leave it open, and went straight to sleep. This meant I could even have a shower after both boys were in bed (WHAT!!)
Our baby boy is doing really well too, and also keeping Mummy on her toes with mixing day sleeps around. I just about melted into a puddle yesterday though as he smiled at his big brother for the first time! Our toddler was gently bouncing baby’s hand up and down while they were lying on the play mat together, and baby looked up at his older brother and gave a big gummy smile! Mummy just about dissolved into a happy puddle right there.
Toby just loves play-time outside, especially as our toddler has learnt how to give treats now (with close Mummy supervision). It’s become one of the highlights of the day now where we go outside and give Toby a treat, which Toby off-course willingly obliges to. Especially as he doesn’t have to work for these treats from his little friend.
Anyway… back on topic, I’m going to go through how to teach ‘roll-over’ today. This is another fairly easy one to teach and again fun to do. Like spin/unwind, this trick can also be taught both ways.
- Start with your dog in front of you with his attention on you.
- Ask him to drop while still facing you.
- With a treat between thumb and forefinger, hold the treat in front of your dog’s nose.
- Using the treat as a lure, slowly move your hand up and around your dog’s head (for Toby’s roll-over, I lure his head towards HIS left side so his head turns towards his left shoulder). If your dog is still following the lure, he should end up lying on his side (for Toby it’s his right side with his head turned to his left side).
- If he’s still continuing to follow the treat, your dog will continue to roll-over as you continue slowly luring.
- Like teaching previous commands, your dog’s nose should remain attached to your hand. As soon as he’s rolled over, say ‘YES’ and reward.
- Once he is confidently rolling over each time, you can introduce ‘roll-over’ or your command of choice.
- Again, repeat, repeat, repeat with plenty of rewards.
- The luring hand becomes the hand-signal for roll-over. For Toby, my hand signal for spin is my hand drawing a backwards C from bottom to top.
- If it’s too much for your dog to roll-over the whole way initially, just build up gradually – i.e. say ‘YES’ and reward for turning his head following the treat/leaning over/lying on his side/partially rolling over… Some dogs may need some gentle help rolling over the whole way which you can do by gently assisting their legs over (as long as they’re comfortable with this).
- Again, always finish on a good note.
The next trick we’ll go through will be how to teach ‘BANG’.
I hope everyone enjoys the end of their week!
Naomi and Toby