Tango and Nemo were demo dogs yesterday for my self-control talk "Your Outta Control Dog." I was joined by 60 or so folks at the Potomac Community Center who had their own outta control dog (not with them, of course!).
I took Tango because he’s got a reasonable amount of self control – lots of room for improvement, but pretty good. Nemo, on the other hand, came with me because he’s a little light on self control and is a terrific demo dog for how to teach self control in the moment.
I let the dogs wander around the crowd as people entered and got seated. Nemo wound through each row, sniffing and saying Hi to everyone (multiple times) and Tango got his fair share of greetings in, too. The difference was that once Tango said Hi to everyone, he came back and hung out with me, while Nemo kept circulating. Sometimes I lost him in the crowd and didn’t know exactly where he was. I just had to look for the people leaning over in their seats – they were giving Nemo big belly rubs!
I used (for the first time ever!) a Power Point Download Self_Control.ppt , along with my oh-so-reliable demo dogs to help folks really get the whole self control concept. I also wrote a handout Download selfcontrol.pdf for the folks to use with their dogs when they got back home.
Feel free to take a look at both the PowerPoint and the handout – and let me know if it helps you and your dog!