Training Status Update 3/11/2020
What are your rules for greeting people? Ranger has two scenarios where he can greet other people. The first is that he must remain in a sit in heel position with his attention on me as a person approaches and pets him. This teaches him self-control and prepares him for drive-by petting that may occur when out in public. The other scenario is that he is allowed to greet with permission. He must maintain a heel position, and only when I release him, can he go and greet the person. When he greets, he must keep all 4 paws on the ground, not be whining or mouthing, and not crotch sniff (something we’re working on right now). If any of these happen, the greeting stops. He must also easily recall back to me when I ask him to. It’s important for him to have these rules, because he will encounter all types of people – people who are afraid, people who aren’t as stable on their feet, little children, etc. – and we want to teach him how to greet everyone safely.