Without breakfast, Kiara was very keen to train today. After one warm up try in the house, we took the newspaper outside for the first time. And Kiara brought it back beautifully, whether I threw it, or placed it in the garden with her inside. From a shredder to a retriever in around 8 training sessions of maybe 5 minutes each. Next step: Hide the paper.
I started my dog journey with Jessie, a small white fluffball bichon-schnauzer cross. She was trained in the traditional way by choke collar and praise via voice. After she died, Giro, my smooth collie, taught me how wrong this approach was. Kiara, my whippet, reaped all the benefits, and can't wait for her training every day, all day!