Training Humans Is Hard Work

by Bunny Hound on
Bunny here at the keyboard to share my weekend with you.

I wish I could say I had a big adventure from the weekend to share with you, but it turned out to be a weekend of training.  You see, Mom and I have a big test coming up soon and she is worried that she won’t pass.  I am not worried about whether I will pass in the slightest, but humans have funny hang ups about these things.

On top of that, Dad and Küster have to stay on top of their game, so they needed a training weekend, too.  Actually, Dad was out part of the weekend helping other SAR dogs do their job as a support person.  This particular search didn’t involve Küster’s special skill set, so he chilled out at home for that part of the day, but a search dog always has to be ready for the call, so he volunteered to help me this weekend with human training.

Coach Bunny -- Tales and Tails

Coach Bunny

So, it was a weekend spent alternating between relaxing and training.

I’m not going to lie to you.  Training humans is hard work.  It is not for the faint of heart.  They can be incredibly headstrong and stubborn, so you have to use your wits when you work with them.  I’ve found that it’s best to make them think that what you want them to do is their idea.  This is easier said than done.

You may have heard that you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.  With humans, you put them on the end of a leash and try to lead them in the right direction, but they think they’re the ones doing the leading.  It’s good thing we Greyhounds have Greyhound Mind Control to help us with these things.

A Little Heeling -- Tales and Tails

A Little Heeling

I needed the relaxing breaks in between the training to keep up my stamina.  It takes a lot out of you to keep redirecting humans.  Fortunately, mine is a pretty quick study and I must say, I’m proud of her.  Küster reports that Dad is finally doing obedience work with him in a way that makes sense, too.  This is really positive news, because for a long time, obedience has not been the Black Tornado’s favorite thing.

I think our hard work was worth the effort.

I took Mom through all the paces that we’ll have to go through for our therapy dog test and I have to admit that she looked pretty good.  We went out to places that aren’t familiar to us so that it would be more like when we take our test.  It was nice to visit a couple of local parks to get some training in.  Our one sticky area is the long sit and I had Küster train Dad at the same time since we will have to do a long sit and long down for our test with other dogs and humans.  I heard Dad tell her that he didn’t think we’d have any trouble passing the test.

I think my human feels a lot better about taking the test now and that makes me a happy hound.  I’ll still love her if she doesn’t pass the test, but I don’t think it will come to that.  Keep your fingers and paws crossed for us.  I don’t care one whit about passing or failing, but it matters to my human, so I’m going to do my best to get her through it!

Brushing Up On The Recall -- Tales and Tails

Brushing Up On The Recall

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  • You’re a great coach, Bunny. I’m sure if you keep working with your human, she’ll pass that test with flying colors! 😉

  • Sue Dyer

    Bunny, Glad you gave your mum the extra training. I’m sure now she will pass.

    Hope you all have a good week.

  • SGilbert

    You and mom will pass the test with flying colors!

  • Amy Boyer

    Bunny, I look forward to the post announcing your STUPENDOUS victory over the therapy dog test. Don’t worry, she’ll do just fine 🙂

  • You will pass no doubt, such a great coach and teacher.

  • Paws crossed! But I just know you’ll pass 🙂

  • Casey the Boxer

    Humans can be very tough to train, but positive reinforcement works wonders. Be sure to get in a couple of good licks to tell her when she’s doing well!

  • Sara, oreo & chewy

    Good job training your human Bunny! You must be exhausted after all that hard work.

    Keep telling your mom to think positive!

  • The OP Pack

    Bunny, we are sure you will do all you can to help Mom pass this test – if any pup can do it, you can.

    Woos – Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

  • we so agree – training humans is so hard – especially when it comes to getting them to hand out treats……we have faith in your Bunny and have our paws crossed you will pass

  • Jen

    Elka clearly agrees, human training is hard! She keeps trying to make me understand I don’t pay her well enough for things like “stay”. ^^

  • Jackie Bouchard

    Rita agrees – training humans can be pretty hard. (Although it’s been really easy for Rita to train The Daddy to give her a treat every time she gives him “the look” while sitting by the treat closet. She thinks he is simple-minded.) Good luck on the test! Yes, silly humans… some of us do tend to stress about being tested!

  • Dory and the Mama

    We totally agree Bunny….I, Dory, have a very hard time training Mama to give me rewards for my hard work…looks like you have your human pretty much under control!!
    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  • M. K. Clinton

    Mom has been pretty easy to train. She could cut down on her belly scratching reaction time, but I am taking her age into account. ☺ Bentley

  • Emma

    I’m in the boat with you. My mom is stressing about our upcoming trial. I keep telling her I have it in the bag, but she is all worried about it. We will both be fine because when it gets to test time we know to step up our game to help our humans pass. Good luck to you and your mom.

  • harrispen

    We know you will do great on your test.

  • I want you to tell me all about the test afterwards and I want all the nitty-gritty!