Saturday, January 25, 2014

Dogs in need of space


Please everyone share this so that people can be aware that if a yellow ribbon/bandanna or whatever is tied on a dogs leash he/she needs space.

Friday, December 6, 2013

CHEERS!!!

                Took Missy on a walk and Piper. Yes, I brought Piper, it was late, and getting dark, so it was that or one of them missing out on a walk. Now to the story. There was a couple with a baby in a stoller and a dog jogging. I went to a long driveway and had Missy sit. We were about 12 feet away. Missy did not lunge or bark, she just sat there. :) Then we ran into them a second time and did the same thing, this time Missy did struggle for her head once and I gently pulled up on her gentle leader and she settled down. Oh and Piper this whole time was standing still with a loose leash. YAY.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Can't Do It!!

              Wow, I haven't posted here in a while. There has not been much training happening since Piper joined the family, because I'm having a hard time balancing out the two. Since Piper has been here about 3 months I have walked Missy and Piper together basically all the time. Today is the end of that.
     Why? Well I'm at my col-de-sac and I see Koda(husky, Missy goes nuts over. If you are new please read the first post) So I immediately go for cover behind some huge bushes and some other tall plants, thinking I would be safe. HA to me because unexpectedly Koda appears Missy start barking up a storm attempting to lunge for her and Piper is trying to go say hi. Let's just say Missy is 35pds. medium sized dog and Piper is 45pounds 22inches. And than there is me 5'3 112pounds, so yes I struggle to keep Piper from dragging me. What is the point behind this story is that I will Not be walking the two together anymore. What happened today is not the only reason.
             I need to focus on Missy's reactivity and I need to focus on Piper learning Not to drag me toward anything that interest her(Dogs, cats, deer, squirrel). Plus I really really don't want Piper picking up on Missy's bad habits.  One day One day I will be able to walk them together by myself in the neighborhood again.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Talk about stressful

                     I Survived!! What the heck did I survive you ask? Oh just running into not one but FOUR DOGS!! I mean come on really. Okay so here is what happened.
                I was on my driveway about to leave for a walk with the dogs(Missy and puppy) when my little cousin(9) asks me if she and her little brother(7) could come. My first mistake was saying yes, second was walking at 6:00 which is when my neighbor Don walks Koda and my third mistake was not putting Missy in the house. Okay so we were walking back and everything was fine.
            Missy was walking great and Puppy well was being a puppy and to my horror I see Koda. So I go down a small hill so that I'm against a pasture fence as far as I can get from Koda. I have Missy sit and I wrap her leash around my hand to prevent it from slipping and did the same with puppy. I told the kids to back off because 9 year old kept trying to pet Missy right than bad idea I think so. Anyway the kids wanted to pet Koda so I told them to go ask Don. While they were doing this I started walking away and to my utter surprise Missy did NOT yes I said Not react. And yes she did glance at Koda yes she just glanced at her!! This was the First Time Missy did not react to Koda when passing her on a walk. Why? Was it the kids being there? OR have I finally found where Missy is under threshold with Koda? I'm going with the 2nd option. Oh and you ask what was the puppy doing this whole time? She was trying to pull my arm off to go say hi to Koda. How rude am I for not allowing her to say Hi. Well I say to her you'll live.
         Yes I did say four dogs so here it is. We're almost to my house and here comes my cousins three small dogs Princeton(2 year old Dachshund Pomeranian.) Copper(Same as Prince) and Mickey( 6 year old Dachshund mix) Oh and did I mention that Missy has NEVER EVER meet Mickey. Usually introductions to other dogs for her is done very slowly and Not with little kids and me holding onto another dog. There was no avoiding Missy meeting Mickey we were surrounded by dogs! I was so happy that Missy politely smelled Mickey though I was worried because she was slowly waging her tail, not her normal "I'm happy as heck" wag. After they all said hi I had to Drag the dogs back home. No worries they had on harnesses so they weren't being chocked. I did drag them because I really felt that it was a dangerous situation. Three unleashed dogs two leashed dogs, two young children, and one Very young adult(Me).

      Yes you guys you are reading this which means yes, yes I did come out alive.... somehow.
Disclaimer, This will Never Ever happen again. Kids= Missy not walking with us. 6:00 means no puppy and no kids walk with me and Missy.


Thursday, August 1, 2013

It's been too long

Sorry I haven't posted in awhile.  Okay so update on Sunday my brother and cousin found this puppy running around my cousins yard and since my cousins mom HATES big dogs she told him that she couldn't stay there. So the puppy is at my house while I'm looking for her owners. It is possible that the puppy may end up staying with me and my family if my parents say yes if not we will find her a very very good home for her. She is a American Bulldog/Boxer... and something else mix. She is about 20-30 pounds right now and will probably be 40-45 pounds full grown.

          Okay so about Missy's reactivity nothing new really because we haven't been running into any dogs. But yesterday when I was walking Missy and the puppy, just my luck my neighbor was walking Koda( Yes Koda the dog Missy has the worst reaction too). They were in front of me so I turned around. And here I was with a puppy who I don't want picking up Missy's bad habits!! The puppy decided to torcher me by stopping in her tracks she would not budge. I was getting really scared because Koda just kept getting closer. Desperate to get away I picked up the puppy and used a high pitch voice to keep Missy's attention and keep her moving forward. I knew that to keep walking was a bad idea so I looked for a good driveway and went halfway down a fairly long one. I had Missy sit and just held on to the pups leash focusing my attention on Missy. I tried keeping her calm but she was over threshold apparently two car lengths from Koda is not far enough. And it didn't help that I had no treats. I was done for I held on to Missy's leash kept it really short and tried keeping her level down out of her scale of reactivity 1-10 it was a 6. I will not go walking at 6:00 in the evening again with both of the dogs.

Danielle

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

So close, and Great

                     Okay so I've talked about Koda and for some reason Missy react worse with her than other dogs. Well yesterday I came so, so close to Missy not losing it when Koda and her owner walked by. When I saw Koda coming toward us on leash with her owner I pulled over to the side with Missy had her sit and got kneeled down so I would be at her level. I got my treats out (hotdogs) and kept telling her watch me treat she'd look away "watch me" treat and so on. She was doing pretty good but when Koda was pretty much beside us 3is feet away Missy lost it. I know once she hits that point there is no reason in trying to stop it so I got up and we walked away. This is the best she has done with Koda.
                 Another plus that day was my other neighbors dog happened to be out, contained by an electric fence. When we walked by yes Missy reacted, so I turned around to try again. But this time I got my treats out. I had Missy sit to where she could not see the dog I allowed her to look in it's direction then told her watch me, after doing this a few times we moved forward some this time she could see the dog and I continued doing this till we passed the dog. After we passed the dog that second time it was time to walk calmly passed the dog. I had Missy at a close heel and would allow her to look in the dogs direction while walking than would tell her "watch me" we got passed the dog without a problem!!!
           Yes, there is more we ran into a third dog. I saw that another dog was coming and if I tried to walk past it me and Miss would be on a very narrow bridge bad idea. So I told her "let's go" I walked away and started looking for a place to get off the path to create distance. I did find a spot not ideal(as in I would have prefered to be farther away), but it would have to do. I tried keeping Missy's focus on me because looking at the dog for a certain amount of time builds up excitement and frustration in her and she goes off. So if I can't get her focus off the dog soon enough she will go off. It was a somewhat successful attempt. Why somewhat? Because for a little while I was able to keep her from going off but the closer the dog got to being in front of us the more challenging it was for Missy not to focus on the dog. When she did go off I was able to get her attention back. She did go off twice but both times I was able to refocus her attention back to me by saying "watch me" and "Hey Missy" in a sing song voice. Yes when you have a reactive dogs sometimes you will have to sound stupid to keep the dog chill.
                  I'm glad to say Missy is progressing in her training. Slowly yes, but hey at least it's progress.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Small Breakthrough

So the past two weeks have been frustrating because Missy has been reacting pretty bad at Every dog we walked past and it is just embarrassing that the other persons dog calmly walks past my crazy dog. Well today Missy did NOT barley reacted to the dog we walked past today, plus the dog was only about an arm span away!! She didn't bark or lunge toward the dog, but I could tell she was one level below that. Hopefully this will be a more common occurrence, of course she could just go back up a level. I'm crossing my fingers that she does not go back up a level.