'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

Monday, 10 January 2011

Moody Monday.

We were supposed to go to training class today, to show off our recall (great), doorwork (okay) and one minute sit-stay (...yeah okay it's pathetic). However we were unable to attend; the way I get there is via a lift from one of the trainers, and there is no other way for me to get there. As Jean was only going to be there for fifteen minutes today (she has been busy all day, apparently), there was no point in us going with her, as we'd have either had to go when she did or stay and be unable to return home.

I'm going to contact Jean tomorrow and ask what we missed out on, and work on that for next week. This also gives us more time to work on our fabulous stays (fifteen seconds without distractions; about six seconds with heavy distractions, as shown when she sat and stayed a few times whilst we were out up town), so that we don't look quite as bad when L inevitably refuses to do it.

Today L also managed to rip the tail off of one of the three real-fur mice we have, as I had tied the mouse via its tail to a spare metre or so of string. She had a great time chasing it, and dropped it on command once when she grabbed it; then the second time she decided it was much too fun to have the mouse rather than get a bit of biscuit from me, and managed to sever its tail within seconds. So the tail is now still on the string, and both dogs enjoyed chasing it around - and we have two mice with tails and one without. Hmm.

As my money came in, I bought two 'medium' antlers from pure dog for the girls to try. Lola likes to sit on me and chew things, but she gets a little guardy around high value food if Jess comes too close. I'm hoping the antlers are fun enough for her (and J!) to chew without causing resource guarding. And in other news, Lola's fear of the hoover is starting to get a bit better. She is already happy around the vacuum when it isn't on, even when it's moving; and now she managed today to stretch her body forward enough to devour some treats scattered a few inches from it while it was on. Next, I'll have her go even closer to the hoover while it's on, and then she'll have to actually come into contact with it while it's on (and still stationary) and we'll move on from there as she progresses.

1 comment:

Sara said...

Lola looks so sad :( Bummer about missing your class.