Onyxx’s second (and my third) class went a lot better than the last one. The mastiff mix wants to be BFFs with Onyxx but Onyxx ignores him in favor of food. Only one of the kids was there and he stayed away from us. The instructor told him not to practice with Onyxx (we rotated) for the “off” portion of the class. Onyxx doesn’t really jump on people so he practiced greeting strangers. Which is probably his weakest point.
Everyone else raised their hands when asked if their dogs jumped or pulled. Then the instructor asked us, and I was like well nope he never pulls. I’m starting to wonder if the rest of the class thinks Onyxx is (mostly) magically trained. Because he isn’t!
After class, the instructor said Onyxx did extremely well and I must have put a lot of time into him. Yes, I spend a lot of time trying to cram some tricks and manners into his little Chihuahua brain.
Mr. N wants to be good. And praised. And applauded. Onyxx wants to be fed. Mr. N won’t work solely for praise all the time but he does like being told he’s good. Onyxx has trouble performing without treats. I routinely have to “shove” Mr. N out of the way when practicing with Onyxx even if there’s no food involved.
I think I was spoiled having Mr. N to train first.
The boyfriend says Mr. N is good indoors and is “bad” outdoors (due to his leash reactivity which is slowly getting better). And Onyxx is bad indoors (he’s always sneaking off to the kitchen and trying to eat food) and good outdoors. Which is better?
Also the boyfriend has discovered that if he barks, Onyxx will bark back. Oh joy. Mr. N is above such things.
I’ve finished Onyxx’s video. Anything I should change or fix?