'Not only is punishment risky, but it also fails to teach the dog an acceptable alternate behaviour. The dog does not learn what to do the next time he is in the same situation. He only learns to fear the situation.' Emma Parsons, Click to Calm p73

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Terrier Wars.

Over the last three or so days, Lola and Jess have gotten comfortable enough with each other to begin play-wrestling and fighting. So far, J is almost always the chaser (unless she has a toy!) and L the chased/rolled over/snapped at. I only intervene if L yelps; just keeping them both happy and relaxed whilst playing is a mission. Even when Lola has yelped, she'll lunge back at Jess for more, and I have to hold her aloft for a moment to give her a chance to calm down.

Crazy, savage dogs - they love their Terrier Wars.

In training news, Jessie's 'stay' has really improved since Lola's been here & training with me. Whilst me and L work on her tricks (so far she knows 'touch' about 95%, 'sit' about 70% (85% with hand lure) and 'down' about 60% with lure--though we're working on fading the lures), Jess lies down and patiently waits, being treated often. When Lola's tired or distracted, Jess gets a turn; Lola doesn't know 'stay' yet, at all.

First training class for Lola tomorrow, at 7.30pm. Hurrah!

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