Not much to report here.
Before today's rain, we had just the right amount of snow in the backyard to hide the ice/mud. So, I've been taking Oreo out to play after work. The majority of our snow had melted, allowing Oreo's orbee to finally be back in action. Oreo was very happy about that. Gosh, he loves that ball.
I bought a "children's voices" desensitization CD to help Oreo be less freakish when he hears children. You wouldn't believe how quiet I have to play the CD in order for Oreo to tolerate the noise. I can't even hear it at all. We'll keep working on it, and hopefully when spring finally hits ( in May?), we will have made enough progress for Oreo to deal with real children, who will be overexcited to finally forgo their indoor voices.
Oreo continues to work on rally moves. He does most perfectly indoors, and now I've been able to work on them in the yard. He does much better off leash than on. Mostly because I'm fumbling with the leash, clicker and treats.
In the past, if I treated Oreo while in a heel, he would automatically stop, go off the clock, and I'd lose our connection. My behaviorist pointed this out to me, and told me I need to treat him while we are walking, so he learns to maintain eye contact and the task isn't over. We've been doing that and it has made a huge difference. Unfortunately, that means I have to do four things...click, treat, hold leash and WALK at the same time. OMG.
We have rally class again on Saturday. Last class, Oreo was very distracted and kept looking around to see what everyone else was up to. I'm hoping all our home practice will help him focus this week. Maybe I need to up the ante on the treats I bring to class.