Correct Companion – Week 2 – Training Day 2, Session 2
Duration: approx. 40 minutes
Location: around the Roselawn-Castlefield block
Heel distance: 10′
# of Sits: approx. 100
Soak time: 10 mins
Sit on the dog: none
I figured out that it takes less than 10 seconds to take 6 steps and “sit-your-dog”. That means there is potential for 6 sits per minute, and 150 in 20 minutes! Even if I am underestimating how much time it takes, I could easily do 100 sits in 20 minutes. I needed to do the math so I didn’t have to figure out how I was going to count and make sure that we did 100. Another way to figure it out is, say I walk a kilometer (which is what Bradley and I did tonight), that’s about 3,000 feet. Less than half of that was for soak time, so call it 2,000 feet. If I’m stopping every 10 feet for a sit, that’s 200 sits! No matter how you look at it, a 20 minute, half kilometer walk will get your 100 sits done. Not so overwhelming when you do the math.
As I suspected, Bradley was more distracted for this evening’s walk. He still did the work well, but he didn’t melt into his sits the way he was this morning. I saw him looking up at me a couple of times during his sits, and I’m pretty sure he was wondering what the heck was going on. He wasn’t terribly happy to be “sat” on wet sidewalks, etc. But all in all, he was good. The actual heeling was very good. He again looked behind us a lot when he heard things, to see if something was coming I suppose.
Soak time was good, Bradley enjoyed meandering along the edge of people’s yards. After soak time, we walked briskly home. I think I’m learning things about Bradley that I didn’t know before. It seems Bradley’s favorite pace of walking is power-walk speed. He can maintain that pace, looks around happily, and his nose is about an inch from my leg.
Similar to this morning’s after-training puppy burst, when we got home Bradley had a crazy puppy burst, tearing through the house and letting loose like he’d had a hard day at work. It’s so much fun to see that happen.