Fanged had never trained a pet before. She had decided to start with Rusty considering her was her most loyal companion and should theoretically be easy to train. She had taken him to a quiet, secluded area of the park and was ready to get started. She’d need to get Rusty used to the new area first. She wasn’t quite sure how he would react to a rather stable environment. She doubted he’d had such stability in a long time. Rusty was not the brightest of creatures, but his emotional understanding made Fanged feel very stable around him. His naivety was appealing and he didn’t dwell on the hardships of life.
“I’m glad that we ended up together,” she told him.
Rusty meeped in response to her words, eager to respond to her voice with his own. He was admittedly adorable and it made Fanged feel rather fond of his Orbaru parentage.
It was a good thing that the labs provided people with some basic food items. She was unsure how she’d be able to afford these things otherwise. She had brought some fish along, knowing that it was Rusty’s all time favourite choice of food. He could smell it even from far away and tried to pester her to give him a taste.
“You’ll have to do some training first!” Fanged laughed.
The Lazaru meeped in discontentment. He wanted the food now! Fanged decided that she would try to distract him with a game. That would also help to get his excess energy worked out of his system. After that, he’d be easier to train. It was the perfect plan, all she needed to do was pick a game. She was too poor at the moment to afford proper toys, but toys weren’t necessary to have fun! Perhaps she could teach him tag.
"Alright Rusty, let me teach you how to play tag," she told him.
The Lazaru raised his head at the sound of her voice. He seemed to understand that she wanted to play and he started to wiggle in excitement. He loved games after all. She contemplated for a moment how she could teach him tag, but it'd be best to keep the game very simple. She darted towards him, booping him on the top of the head before dashing backwards. Rusty meeped in excitement and chased after her. He was rather fast, thanks in part to his feline parentage. Fanged darted back, just out of reach. Before Rusty could get frustrated, she slowed down, allowing him to catch up with her. When he was close enough, he moved to boop her on the leg.
"Nice job, you managed to catch me!" she exclaimed.
Getting Rusty used to the training area seemed to be working. The more familiar he was with the area, the less likely he was to get distracted. They played tag for a little while. Fanged made sure to chase him into new areas each time. She needed to work out some of his excess energy so he would be able to concentrate better. A lot of pets could get distracted easily and she suspected that Rusty was one of them. Hopefully the fish she had brought would be enough to keep him interested in some proper training.
"How about we explore the area a bit more first, then we'll get settled down for training."
Rusty meeped a response, happily agreeing despite not knowing what he was agreeing to. She figured with time, he'd be able to pick up on certain command words and give appropriate responses. For now, he was responding to the tone of her voice.
She glanced around the training area. There were a few spots that seemed like they would be most suitable for Rusty. She needed to find a place that was sunny, but not so sunny that the Lazaru would want to take a nap. She tapped him on the back, capturing his attention. She then began to lead him around the area, gauging his reactions for the place that seemed the most suitable.
"This seems like a good spot," she declared after a while.
The area she had chosen was bright with sunlight, but the sunlight was blocked slightly by a birch tree. Sunlight filtered through its branches in jagged patches. It certainly seemed ideal. Rusty settled down on his hind paws, licking one of his front paws and then swiping it over his right ear. He seemed to have the extra energy worked out and now seemed like a good time to start training.
She figured the best trick to start that was teaching Rusty to respond to his name. She assumed that the Lazaru already had some realization that Rusty was his name, but she needed him to respond to it properly.
"Rusty!" she called out to him.
Rather than answer her, Rusty had his gaze fixed on the fish that Fanged had brought with her. She'd cut it up into tiny pieces, intending to use that as a treat to motivate Rusty. He seemed motivated alright, but not in the correct way. She needed to get him to focus on her instead of the fish.
"Rusty!" she called out again, this time projecting her voice a little louder.
This time, Rusty snapped his gaze away from the fish and glanced at Fanged curiously. She held his attention for a split second, but his focus shifted back to the fish. She supposed this was simply what would happen with a creature of lower intelligence. Their main motivation was food.
This time when his eyes locked with her, she was quick to move a sliced piece of fish into his line of sight. When she did, his attention immediately zeroed in on the treat. Deciding that was a good enough start to the trick, she leaned close and gave him the treat. He lapped it up eagerly, chewing on the fish and quickly swallowing. When he was done, he sniffed at her hands for more. Fanged took a step back, creating a reasonable distance between the two of them.
"If you want another treat, you'll have to do the trick again. And my standards are going to be higher," she teased him.
It was pointless to try and call his name again when his attention was zeroed in on her. She'd need to wait for him to get distracted once again. She took a few additional steps back.
Rusty's gaze followed her, focused still on the fish. When it became clear that she wasn't giving him anymore, he lowered his gaze, his ears drooping slightly. He flopped down onto his belly, burying his nose into the grass. He then began to roll around, rubbing the scent of leaves, grass, and dirt into his fur. With her pet distracted, Fanged decided to call for his attention once again.
"Rusty!" she cried out.
The Lazaru paused for a moment, lazily glancing up at her for a moment before returning to the dirt. He continued rolling, kicking his legs up into the air playfully.
"Rusty!" She tried again.
This time the Lazaru paused and sat up. He gazed into her eyes, tilting his head in confusion. What did she want?
"Yes that's exactly it! What a good boy!" she praised him.
She grabbed another piece of fish, stepping in close and holding it out for him to take.
Rusty leaned forward, eagerly accepting the treat. She liked that the strategy for training him seemed rather simple. Of course, a smarter pet might pick up on the trick faster, but Rusty was doing his best. And his reaction was consistent. He'd continue to do the trick as long as he got a treat out of it. She knew she would need to remove the treats at some point, but for now, they seemed to be working just fine. When Rusty was done eating, she was ready to test him again. She waited for him to become distracted in his surroundings once again.
"Rusty!" she called out, keeping her voice clear and firm.
This time, the Lazaru was quicker to respond. He sat up and stared directly into her eyes, awaiting eagerly for his treat.
"Good boy!" she praised him. She handed him another treat, but this one would be his last for a little while.
The Lazaru ate the treat quickly. When he was finished, he looked expectantly up at Fanged for more. When she didn't give him another, he huffed in disappointment. She felt a bit guilty as he sulked off, but she knew she couldn't give him a treat for doing nothing at all. That would enforce bad habits. She waited for him to become distracted one again. This time, he was busy pawing at some dandelions. Even during autumn, the weeds grew steadily.
"Rusty!" she called out.
This time, Rusty immediately looked at her, his gaze steady as he waited patiently for his treat.
"Good boy!" she praised him. Though she didn't give him another treat, she did scratch his ears, rewarding his training with affection. Rusty was slightly disappointed that he didn't get a treat, but he was fine with the ear scratch. The trick appeared to be setting in, but she wanted to test him again.
For her final test, she would need to wait for Rusty to become distracted once again. It was a little tedious, but it was simply part of the process of training a trick that needed him to be distracted first. Thankfully, Rusty was a pet that got distracted rather easily. His attention quickly narrowed in on a bird that landed in the birch tree that was nearby. Rusty might not be a fighter, but he did still have a bit of a prey drive lurking deep within his DNA. With his gaze fixed on the bird, Fanged decided to test the trick once again.
"Rusty!" she called his name.
The Lazaru snapped to attention, immediately focusing his gaze on his owner. His ears pricked forward and he stared at her until Fanged looked away.
"Good job, boy!" she praised him. This time she gave him a quick head scratch, grinning wide. "I think you've got a good grasp on that trick."
Fanged didn't have much of an idea of what one was supposed to train their pets. She tried to think of basic tricks that someone might train their dog. Sit perhaps? She hadn't much experience with this sort of thing, but that seemed about right. She had treats at the ready and now all she needed to do was actually train the trick. She approached Rusty, snapping her fingers to catch his attention. She knew enough about creatures that you could generally get them to sit by maneuvering them into the right position. In this case, it involved pressing down on a pet's lower back.
"Rusty! Sit!" Fanged called out.
When she said the command, she applied pressure to Rusty's lower back, slightly amazed when the trick worked and he sunk down into a sitting position. When he was settled into the proper position, she gave him a piece of fish.
Rusty appeared slightly confused as to why he had gotten a treat, but he accepted it nonetheless. She'd need to work on the association between sitting and getting a treat, but it was a good start. He ate the treat quickly and was soon desperate for more. Rusty was thankfully food motivated which meant that he was easy to work with. She waited for him to be completely finished with his treat before working with him some more. She placed her hand on Rusty's lower back again.
"Sit!" she commanded.
After she gave him the command, she pressed down on his back, guiding him into the sitting position. When he was in place, she handed him another treat. Rusty meeped happily and accepted the treat. She hoped that he was starting to make the association, but repetition was the key to this sort of thing. She would need to continue teaching him the trick.
This time, Fanged would try to get Rusty to sit without using her hands for guidance. She knew a few tricks that she’d read about when training dogs, and similar strategies seemed to already be working for Rusty. So, she might as well try them out. She started with the treat first, grabbing the a chunk of fish and holding it above his head.
“Sit!” she commanded.
She moved the treat back behind Rusty’s head while still holding it high above his head. In order to follow the treat, Rusty was forced to adopt the sitting position. In the sitting position, he was able to have a clear view of the tasty treat. While in this position, Fanged reiterated the sit command and then gave him the treat. Rusty ate it happily and Fanged hoped that he would soon be able to do the command with very little guidance from herself.
Jack: Thanks for the notice!
May 28, 2020 10:05:26 GMT -6
Darky: Heads up: there's a chance you might notice Trepuldra images having loading issues on June 3rd, for about 3h. No need to panic, Veebimajutus just notified there's going to be some scheduled maintenance, is all x3
May 28, 2020 10:05:06 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: right??? i was really hoping i could find one of those pachee before the season was out.
May 26, 2020 18:51:32 GMT -6
Fanged: Oh wow that's an awesome garden find FF
May 26, 2020 18:13:26 GMT -6
Riku: Oh how perfect! I woke up wanting to post (unexpected, but yay) and saw I had a reply. <3 Meant to be.
May 26, 2020 6:40:43 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I really, really love all the updates that have come~! <3
May 24, 2020 2:12:37 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: np!!! I hope y'all like it!
May 23, 2020 13:45:06 GMT -6
Riku: What an awesome update, staff! Thanks for that! <3
May 23, 2020 12:06:52 GMT -6
Jack: All have been found!
May 23, 2020 9:53:27 GMT -6
Jack: Might want to be on the lookout for anything... odd
May 22, 2020 23:51:22 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: Yeah it’s definitely a coincidence but wow did it work out well for us! XD
May 22, 2020 6:43:27 GMT -6
Silver: I'm pretty sure that was just a coincidence, but it sure feels lucky!
May 22, 2020 2:07:09 GMT -6
Riku: So did you guys make this hosting switch perfectly RIGHT before pb broke? >.< Thaz crazy. It’s a huge relief and I’m very glad we’ve come to this. <3
May 22, 2020 1:41:01 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: It’s free up to a certain number of GB, which we haven’t hit yet.
May 21, 2020 6:46:33 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Is the site that is going to be used to host all those images also the type you'd need to pay for? (definitely noticed the broken images yeah. Photobucket feels like it is standing on its last legs. X3 )
May 21, 2020 0:13:57 GMT -6
Morgan: I'm just kinda nervous about them going down before things get moved over completely. It's prolly nothing to be worried about though. :3
May 20, 2020 22:13:15 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: Thank goodness we're moving out of there? XD
May 20, 2020 21:59:22 GMT -6
Renathan: Ugh, photobucket has the images broke again. x3
May 20, 2020 21:18:53 GMT -6