Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Back to School -- Foster Training 101
A good teacher always leads by example. In each of the following demonstrations I have for you, the most important thing to remember is that if you lead, they will follow. God it?
Section I. Wrestling
The best way to teach a foster to wrestle is just to pounce and pounce them until they finally wrestle.
Once they finally engage in play, it's time to demonstrate correct posture. Keep your tail up so they know it's just play and you're not actually mad.
Now, remember to let them win the first few times so they learn to like wrestling. After that, winning is your MAIN GOAL!
Obviously, the most important job for any human companion is to keep pests away from the humans. Even if they are nasty sankes, you need to show NO FEAR.
A good dog helps with everything from sewing to making the bed. You need to show your foster that they should be in the middle of all the action no matter what is happening.
When you start your hole, dig with all your might and show your foster how much fun it is to dig!
Once they've experience the joy, stand back and give them pointers. If they master it, your job is done and you can go onto another task.
Obviously, the most important job of any pup or cat is to BE THE MASTER. This means to get as high as possible and be really really tall. See how Everest learned how to walk around the patio so he was tall like a human?
That's how it's done pups and cats.
When training your own foster, please feel free to add any other tasks you deem important. Obviously, it is impossible to detail all of the very important tasks we do in just one lesson. It is a major if not a PhD topic.
Good luck to you all,
Nora B. Webster