So I'm excited because I worked with Noel this morning and she had made HUGE strides. It's obvious that my volunteers are really taking this seriously. She only had one episode of mouthiness this morning. It was a good one though - she tore my sweatshirt and nailed me on the forearm, giving me a nice little mark and bruise. But for her to only act up once during the 40 minutes or so I was with her is AMAZING.
I ended up splitting my volunteers into 3 training groups. Level 1 is for my volunteers who want to help but are a bit hesitant, so all of the level 1 behaviors are done with Noel back-tied and the volunteers working from a safe distance. Level 2 is pretty much the same behaviors as level 1 (basic foundation behaviors) but off-leash in the back pen or during a walk. I only have a few level 3 trainers, and we're the ones working on impulse control and tug-work with her. We've only had this system in place for a week but wow, it's working!
I was just really excited about her progress and wanted to update people. I sent a huge thank you email to my volunteers today so they know how much I notice and appreciate their hard work.