Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Working on

    Right now I'm working on teaching Missy "Look at me" while walking. Thanks to the great members of DTA I now know that Missy reacts because she is excited and a tad nervous. She's like a puppy when it comes to other dogs. When she barks, pulls, spins.. it's her way of letting out all the excitement, like Piper plays tug with her leash after we walk pass another dog. Teaching her "Look at me" will allow her to focus on me instead of other dogs walking pass. I will let her see that the dog is there than have her "Look at me" Thank you so much to everyone on DogTrickAcademy for all your help. One day Missy will be a good canine citizen. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

It's been a while

So I've been negating training Missy lately, because I'm still trying to balance her and Piper. Today I took Missy and Piper on the Suwanee trail (I know I know shame on me I really shouldn't have.). Well coming back we spotted a dog so I pulled the girls to the side and the people with the dog went a little into the woods to go to the creek, I took my chance and quickly walked past them. From there they were a bit behind us, and I was a nervous wreck. Than in my hurry I look in front of me to see a lady is holding something and with me being blind as a bat I couldn't tell what she was holding so I couldn't tell what the item was until she was three foot from me. Of course being lucky me her "Item was a little maybe 12 pound dog. My Missy did AMAZING she looked at the dog and very calmly walked pass!!! CHEERS, Go Missy!!

Okay so the dog was small about 12, owner was holding her and the dog was very calm. No squiggling in the owners arms or barking. So maybe Missy's okay with small dogs being held while being calm or maybe and dog being held as long as the dog is calm. I know she is less likely to react to a calm dog, or at least not as badly as other dogs.

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