Wow what a Thursday! Besides being absolutely freezing outside it is the day before Jake gets back!!! He has been gone at Sniper School in El Paso for the past couple of weeks and this girl is super excited to bring him home.
I wanted to really work hard while Jake was away on training Copper. I had actually looked into sending him to a local hunting obedience school in Greenwood where my sweet friend and her husband bought their precious puppy. After looking at the prices and thought it would be worth it if it would mean him not running off into moving traffic and coming to me. I would pay whatever for that! Well, Jake politely said 'NO' to the school and told me to work with him. I called the man in charge and talked with him about what I should do with Copper. He informed me about how smart Golden's are and to give it two weeks. He also told me to buy a shock collar.
A Shock Collar.
I hate those words. Jake and I use a 'command' collar and we have for the past two years. It is an excellent on the leash tool and probley used properly would get great results but Copper is a stubborn 100 lb creature!
So I bought one.
And I read up on how to use it.
And I used it.
And now I believe I have the most perfect dog ever! I only used it a few times and Copper is like a completely different dog. He obeys me so well. I cry every morning after working with him because of the pure joy it brings to me when I throw the stick and he actually brings it back to me and drops it! Then his tail is going crazy happy and those eyes want me to throw it again. Y'all it is life altering. He stays, waits, sits, walks with me-without a leash mind you-(that was taught with the command collar). I love it. We are still in the beginning stages but I am not giving up. What a present to give to Jake!
Copper is so happy. I am so thrilled!
It's the little things y'all!
Enjoy your freezing cold day!