|Lily likes to hide and/or nest in foliage|
|hanging out on the sofa in the den|
|keeping Peter company on the sofa in the living room|
We have done some training with Lily. We taught her how to walk on a (mostly) loose leash and how to sit, and she will generally come when she is called unless she's on the trail of a scent, in which case forget it (although from everything I've learned it sounds like this is a pretty typical beagle trait, which is why conventional wisdom is that beagles should never be allowed off-leash in an unenclosed area). We had a series of private lessons with a trainer which were specifically geared towards helping Lily overcome her shyness and gain confidence. These sessions were most helpful, I think, in educating Peter and I about how to understand canine communication and respond in kind, although the trainer also helped us teach Lily hand targeting, AKA the "touch" command. This can sometimes help us re-focus Lily if we sense her level of fear starting to escalate. We also completed a group beginners' obedience class (more on this in a later post).
|Lily showing off her "sit" skills|
|Lily demonstrating her loose leash walking skills|