Now that they were over the 'hill' of the training, it was time to really drive it home. Morgan was plenty used to this sort of training, and Nico was even moreso. Houluh did, after all, have a good connection with order and enjoyed doing things the same way every single time so that he felt more in control. Morgan was pleased to give him the command to heel a few more times, and each time the signal for 'at ease' was given, the houluh would ease up. Soon, Morgan happily moved on to get the houluh to do the at ease command with other situations. Morgan would have him hide, and then would give the at ease signal. This worked pretty quickly, and Morgan moved on to other different tricks and moves. Soon, Morgan was absolutely sure that the houluh would remember this command from here on out. Now to move on to something else!
One last training bit, Morgan was sure. They had things to do today, and they were beginning to run out of time. The last thing that Morgan wanted to teach the houluh before putting him into the obedience competition was the 'fancy walk'. Needless to say, it wasn't necessarily a fancy walk in so much as Morgan wanted to teach him how to move smoothly while trotting, to fit the way that a houluh was supposed to walk breed-wise. It wouldn't be too hard, Morgan was sure. They had brought weights, actually, to gently place around his feet to get him used to it. Morgan would put them on the front legs, and leave the back legs free to adjust his movement slightly at first. The command for it was already decided, a flat fist held sideways for a flash before moving. Morgan knew that they had to work on this as soon as possible.
Morgan went over all of this in their head, and little did they know the information was leaking through the Ribbon of Telepathy. Alone, the Houluh may not have understood what this barrage of information meant, but thanks to their connection, Nico triangulated emotionally most of the gist of it. That was the best part of training a creature towards the end of their training list like this; Nico was able to catch on to things just based off of Morgan's emotions. They were inseparable. "You ready for the last thing, good boy?" Morgan said. Nico was wagging his tail excitedly already. Morgan gently reached down and put the weights, made exactly for this purpose, and then placed them on the houluh's front legs. It was just a little bit of weight. At this, Morgan called the houluh to heel, and gave the hand sign that Nico sort of expected thanks to the links.
Working together, the pair felt unstoppable often. After the command was given, Morgan gave the command to heel, and immediately Nico went to walk at heel. However, the weights forced him forward just so; exactly what Morgan thought of. Morgan was, after all, quite knowledgeable about biology at this point. Nico didn't have trouble at all, just adjusted forward and then when Morgan sped up, he did so naturally. Finally, Morgan was practically running, and it was smooth sailing with Nico right alongside them. Morgan was so pleased about this. Morgan stopped, and then gave Nico a treat and lots of pets! "Good boyo, great job Nico!" Morgan said, pleased so much with his ability. They would need to work on this a few more times, and Morgan carefully walked him through it a few more times, always sure to use the command signal for the fancy walk before they started again.
After a few more repeats of this, Morgan was pleased that this was the 'over the hill' moment of the training. They needed to move on to making sure that he would continue to be able to do the walk after this. Morgan gently leaned down and carefully took off the weights, and then checked his legs to make sure that Nico was still going to be okay. Of course, he was quite fine. Morgan had made sure that he was going to be fine, but they always wanted to check just in case something unforeseen had not gone wrong at all. "Alright boyo, just a bit more." Morgan said, feeling somehow that he was going to get this without issue. Morgan called him to heel, and then gave the command for the fancy walk, the hand signal. Nico seemed to understand, and Morgan started off walking, and watched the houluh carefully.
The houluh fell into step after only a second's falter. Perhaps it was the connection between them as trainer and hound, or perhaps it was the creature's own tendency towards order, but Nico fell into step without question afterwards. Morgan moved faster, running now, and the houluh flowed like silk across the ground, his legs in perfect step. That was what Morgan was hoping for! They stopped, and the houluh seemed to already know that he did what Morgan wanted. Morgan gave him a treat, and then patted his head and ears. "Good boyo! Great job Nico!" Then afterwards, Morgan continued to work with him. He never faltered after that, immediately falling into step each time. Morgan always treated him afterwards. It was like that every time they trained- signal, action, treats, repeat. That was always what they did, and Nico excelled in that as he did in all orderly things.
 - [End of 'Fancy Walk'] - [The pair go home.]
Silver: I'm so glad! I really want people to feel like they can 'do stuff' with their sentient pets, and Draconics especially! I'm excited to see what you guys come up with. :3
Jan 17, 2021 17:59:39 GMT -6
Morgan: I like the update overall.
Jan 17, 2021 17:51:56 GMT -6
Morgan: I'm legit so happy now that draconics will basically be able to communicate in draconic instead of being completely unable to communicate from birth unless classically trained or 7+ intelligence. It was so weird to try to do story breedings like that.
Jan 17, 2021 17:51:21 GMT -6
Riku: I hope things work smoothly for you, Jack. <3 // The new update looks awesome.
Jan 17, 2021 10:58:47 GMT -6
Jack: Thanks for sticking with us!
Jan 16, 2021 20:33:33 GMT -6
Jack: So for those of you not on the Discord, I would like to say I'm still around, just not as much. Had to quit my job to watch the kids, opened an Etsy shop, and I'm trying to just keep things rolling through my current bad depression.
Jan 16, 2021 20:33:29 GMT -6
Riku: I am doing well. I also hope everyone else is doing well! <3
Jan 10, 2021 13:32:14 GMT -6
Morgan: I hope everyone is doing well. c:
Jan 9, 2021 15:20:41 GMT -6