Assignment: Take one of your untrained pets, and teach them the following; Name, Come, Stay, and No, as well as get them to level 5. If they've already been leveled, great! Now all you need to do is train them.
Training for a guild made Leafy feel like she had a sense of purpose. When she had gotten the assignment, she knew it was purposely made easy so that all the guild members could get their feet wet. She had brought along her Vulticus, Kuras, to train. She hadn’t spent time with him in a while so she thought this would be best opportunity to do so. Once she had reached a secluded area in the park, she pulled out a pouch of basic meat treats and set out to work. Teaching a creature their name was the most basic thing you could ever train, but it was the foundation for all future training.
“Kuras!” she called out, testing his reaction.
The Vulticus looked up at the sound of her voice, but looked away quickly. It appeared he was simply reacting to the noise rather than his name. He was going to need to do a little better if he wanted a treat.
She allowed the Vulticus to become distracted once again. Once he had stepped a bit away from her to sniff around the base of a tree, Leafy decided she would call out his name.
“Kuras!” she cried out steadily.
This time the Vulticus looked up and made eye contact with her. Leafy decided that was a good enough starting point.
“Good job!” she exclaimed as she tossed him a treat out of the pouch she was carrying.
Kuras wagged his tail in response. He didn’t quite understand what he had done correctly, but he was excited to have a treat all the same. Once he had finished his treat he looked at her expectantly for more.
“Not just yet!” Leafy said. “You’ll have to do more work first.”
The Vulticus quickly lost interest once it became apparent she wasn’t giving him more. He wandered over to the nearest tree and began to sniff around it.
She waited until he had his snout buried deep in a clump of weeds before calling out his name once again.
“Kuras!” she exclaimed.
The Vulticus whipped his head around and made eye contact with her. Leafy accepted that as the correct response and tossed him another treat.
“Good boy!” she called out to him.
Kuras wagged his tail once again. This time he seemed to make the connection between the treat and him responding to her voice. He waited for her to speak once more. When she didn’t, he lowered his head in disappointment.
“It’s not going to be that easy,” she laughed as she spoke.
Kuras looked at her again, wagging his tail once as he waited for her to give him a treat. When she didn’t, tilted his head to the side in confusion. He let out a low whine and turned away.
“Kuras!” she said.
Kuras looked at her again and let out a yip of excitement when she tossed him a treat.
She hoped Kuras was starting to make the connection between his name and the treat. That was the easiest way to reinforce training after all. Once he was finished eating, he sat on his haunches and licked his lips as he anticipated more treats. Leafy looked away from him, trying to ignore him until he stopped begging for more treats. It took a few minutes for the Vulticus to give up and slink off. When Kuras was adequately distracted with eating grass, Leafy decided to test him.
“Comet!” she called out the name of his father.
Kuras ignored her and continued to chomp away on the long blades of grass underfoot. It appeared he was learning since he didn’t acknowledge her words beyond a quick flick of his ear. He seemed to understand that responding to something that wasn’t Kuras wouldn’t give him a treat. She decided to test that out further.
This time the Vulticus raised his head and made eye contact with her, his tail wagging happily the entire time. Leafy decided to reward him without treats, instead she moved closer to give him a quick scratch behind his ears. He didn’t appear disappointed not to have a treat, instead he enjoyed the ear scratches. She was content with his work, but she decided to train him his name one more time to ensure that he had it. She would make it a bit more challenging. She stepped a few feet away from him, giving them some distance. She angled herself away from him, angling her body so that she could only just see him out of the corner of her eye.
“Kuras!” she called out to him.
This time the Vulticus needed to step forward if he wanted to meet her gaze. Kuras tilted his head as he considered for a moment, then he moved into Leafy’s line of sight and barked once to catch her attention. Leafy beamed at him and tossed him a treat.
“I think you’ve got that figured out. How about we move on to a new trick.”
The next thing Leafy wanted to teach Kuras was come. It was a useful command for any pet to learn. She usually taught her pets to come to the sound of her whistling through her fingers. Leafy liked to have the distinction between that command and the pet’s name. She walked a fair distance away from Kuras. He looked at her with curiosity, but he made no move to follow her. She raised her fingers to her lips and let out a sharp whistle. Kuras tilted his head at the noise and moved closer to investigate. Eventually he drew near to her and sniffed at her with slight apprehension.
“Good boy, Kuras!” she praised him.
She gave him a single treat and he licked it from her fingers, his tail wagging happily. Leafy grinned at him. He might be confused as to why he was rewarded, but she was certain he’d learn soon enough.
She moved away from him when he’d finished eating. He tried to follow her, but she continued moving until he realized that she wasn’t about to give him another treat. Kuras settled down on the ground and began to lick his paws. With the Vulticus thoroughly distracted, Leafy moved so that she was a fair distance away from him. When she was certain he wasn’t looking, she whistled again. Kuras perked his head up. He contemplated wandering over, but decided to stay where he was. He was comfy, he didn’t want to move just yet. When he didn’t move, Leafy shook the bag of treats and whistled again. At the sound of the treat bag, Kuras raced over and looked at her expectantly.
“Good boy!” she praised as she gave him another treat.
She needed to get him to come to the whistle and not the treat bag, however. She placed a few treats in her hand and put the bag away.
Kuras looked disappointed when she put the treat bag away. He realized she still had a few treats in her hand though since he could smell them. He followed her for a bit, nuzzling her hand in an attempt to get at the treats. The girl laughed as she pushed him away. He wasn’t getting anything just because he wanted food! Kuras went off to sulk once he realized she wasn’t giving him anything else. He wandered off and Leafy waited until he was distracted once again. She knew it was pointless training a pet if they were already listening. Once his back was turned, she whistled again. Kuras’s ears perked up, but he didn’t move just yet. He was on the verge of rushing towards her, but he needed more encouragement first. She whistled again, making sure the sound was extended long enough for him to really pay attention to it.
This time the sound encouraged Kuras to rush forward. Leafy wondered for a moment if he liked the noise for what it was or if he had come to associate it with treats. He trotted over and barked happily at the girl. He wagged his tail, anticipating another treat, but this time the girl gave him a pat on the head instead. She didn’t want him to expect a treat every time he did the trick! He seemed a bit annoyed at the lack of food, but he enjoyed the head pats all the same. He certainly seemed greedy at that moment. She needed to continue training him, just to make sure that he actually new the trick. She waited until he was distracted by a strange, new smell in the grass. She took that time to sneak away until she was far enough away that he would need to run to reach her.
Kuras hadn’t noticed that she had moved away from him yet. When she whistled, his head whipped up and he stared around in confusion for a moment. When he spotted her, he raced over, his tongue lolling out of his mouth and his breaths heavy. She laughed at the sight. When he reached her, he barked happily, knowing that he’d done the trick right. She hugged him in sheer exuberance. He looked joyous and silly and his excitement was infectious.
“You’re such a clever boy, Kuras!” she praised him.
After they had both calmed down, Leafy gave him a treat to keep him interested in training. She felt like he’d mastered her calling him over. If he was lost or if she needed him by her side, she could whistle and he knew what that meant. At least she was fairly certain he knew. Training could only really be tested out in the wild. But for now, they would move on to another trick.
No seemed like a better trick to teach before stay. If Kuras knew what no was, teaching stay would be a lot easier. She debated for a moment how to teach the trick. She figured the best way to start would be with a treat. She dropped one of the treats on the ground. When Kuras made a dive for it, she placed her shoe on top of it.
“No!” she exclaimed.
Kuras tilted his head and let out a low why. He couldn’t understand why he couldn’t have a treat. Leafy waited for a moment before lifting up her shoe. Kuras dove for the treat immediately. He gave a disdainful look at Leafy, not understanding why she had delayed him access to the delicious treat. She shook her head. Teaching no was always going to be a difficult task. None of her animals liked being told no. Neither did people for that matter.
She thought of more ways she could teach the trick. Most of it would be situational. For instance, when Kuras was rolling around in something he shouldn’t and she could stop him. Food seemed like the best foundation for teaching no. It kept Kuras motivated, and though it may not be pleasant to hear the word no, he would be rewarded after he listened. She picked up another treat and dropped it on the ground. Again, Kuras dove for it. Before he could snap it up, Leafy placed her shoe over the treat. Kuras growled in frustration, not appreciating the treat being stolen from him.
“No!” Leafy snapped this time.
Kuras let out a low whine and slunk back. He clearly felt a bit bad about the situation. Once he had settled down and been firmly reprimanded, Leafy allowed him to access the treat. After a moment of hesitation, he leaned down and scooped up the treat.
Leafy felt a bit bad telling him no so harshly, but she felt better when he actually got to eat the treat. Kuras was a decent learner. He wasn’t as sharp-witted as a sentient pet, but he did alright. She felt that the trick got a bit repetitive if she kept using food, but she didn’t want to reprimand him for something that wasn’t a bad thing to do. Rushing to grab food without her telling him to was a bad thing. She dropped another treat on the ground, this time not covering it with her foot. Kuras hesitated for a moment, but when he didn’t see her foot slam on top of it, he rushed in to eat the treat.
“No!” she commanded sharply.
Kuras drew back for a moment and let out a low whine. After the immediate shock from the harshness in her voice, Kuras leaned forward and ate the treat.
Kuras let out a low whine and slunk back. He didn’t like training where he got reprimanded for eating treats. Leafy felt guilty. She didn’t like putting Kuras in these situations, but he needed to learn. She got out another treat, sighing as she went to repeat the process. Hopefully this time, Kuras would learn not to rush straight for the treat. This time when she dropped the treat on the ground, she pre-emptively gave the command of no. Kuras held back, understanding that taking the treat after she told him the word no was the wrong thing to do. That didn’t mean he had to like it though. He gave a low whine, not enjoying waiting for him to be allowed the treat.
“Good boy, Kuras!” she praised him.
At the sound of praise, Kuras darted forward and ate the treat. He gave her one apprehensive look and settled down when she didn’t tell him no.
Leafy felt better when he listened to her. She didn’t have to be so harsh when he listened. She decided she would test him one more time just to ensure that he really did know how to listen to her. She grabbed another treat and place it on the ground. Kuras made no move to grab it, instead watching her intently. She nudged it closer to him. Kuras took this as an invitation and tried to grab the treat.
“No!” Leafy said sharply.
Kuras reeled back and looked at her with wide eyes. He seemed to firmly understand what the command was now. When he halted, Leafy leaned forward and picked up the treat. She walked it over to him and let him grab the treat from her outstretched hand.
“That’s a good boy, Kuras!” she praised. “How about we move on to the next trick?”
The Vulticus’s tail wagged happily as he ate the treat.
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