Day: 2

Session: 1

Confine dog (double amount of training time): crated for 1 hour

Two 30 min or one 60 session: 30 minute session

Location #2, pattern: baseball diamond, nearby park, square pattern

Soak time: 5 minutes

Sit on the dog: 45 minutes

We went to a nearby park today and walked around the bases on the snow-covered baseball diamond. It was an ideal spot because I could set his walking leash aside on the dugout bench, as well as my touque and gloves because it’s a warm and sunny day out there.

Whether it was distractions, getting tangled, doing his business, or running ahead excitedly, Bradley spent most of the time at the end of the 15′ leash.

There was no shortage of distractions. Whenever we walked close to the fence enclosure along the first and third base lines, he would want to go through the openings in the fence to the dugouts or walk along the fence. At one point a strange dog ran over and introduced himself to Bradley with a sniff. It was a large black dog with shaggy hair called Louie. His owner quickly followed and I told him we were doing some training. He got the message and gave us some space. Another strange dog came by and interrupted us after that. And when those distractions are removed, there is always Bradley’s general fascination with snow and his curiosity about what might be found underneath it to keep him from focussing on the task at hand.

Bradley only got tangled once and got himself untangled quickly when I gave him some slack on the leash. At one point he excitedly grabbed the leash with his mouth and ran with it so I had to do an “out” correction.

It would have been exceptionally boring if I had not brought my iPhone to listen to the latest Adam Carolla Podcast. But as such, the time flew by.

He’s being sat on as I write this. He lied down at my feet immediately when I sat down at my desk.

Update: and I just realized I forgot to use Bradley’s training collar for this session.