We've been working hard on training them to be calm and relaxed in public and at home. They seem to be settling into a daily routine - breakfast, nap, playtime, nap, afternoon walk, nap, playtime, nap, dinner and clock out at 6:30 on the sofa until we ask them to go inside their crate at night.
As they mature they appear to be getting calmer and mellower. Jake is training for a career as a professional couch surfer. Abbey is trying her best to keep calm under pressure and being well behaved in public.
|Abbey waiting for me at the Optician, while I was picking up my glasses. So proud of my girl waiting calmly and not begging for attention from strangers.|
I guess being "boring" is a great thing, we have two well behaved dogs that we can be proud of and show them off to people who don't believe in good pit bulls. I almost forgot the best part, couple of weeks ago a policeman pulled over to compliment me on our dogs - he commented on how well behaved and good looking they are.
Whenever we can we attend the Our Pack training group, over the last several weeks Jake and Abbey have been acting as mentors to another pit bull who needed help to calm down around other dogs. Over the course of several weeks, Violet has progressed from spending the majority of class confined to a car to been able to participate in class. It's feels like an overwhelming achievement to be able to 'pay forward' all the help we received when Abbey's behavior severely regressed when she was around nine months old.