'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

Thursday, 2 June 2011

The Dastardly Duo (and Jess).

L-R: Lola, Mil

Lola and Millie had a great time playing for four or so hours today! The sun was out, the dogs were happy and we were happy too! :)
When we got back from two or so hours of playing at the park and then in the yard, Lola and Millie wrestled for an hour or so - that was five hours ago, and Lola still hasn't slept yet! I love watching them play (they are perfectly matched for energy and style), but I wish Lola would go to sleep!

We had a bad moment earlier when, whilst me and J were waiting to get ice cream, a young boy of about 8 or 9 came whizzing up to the queue. Lola was fine, ignoring him and relaxed, until he quickly moved forward and tried to pet her. She freaked out and barked at him, and then barked and snarled at the huge mastiff that came up to the queue with the boy's mother. But earlier, she passed a huge amount of people and dogs with no reaction - yes she glanced at them, but her body language was calm and she quickly returned to staring at her ball. So, progress and no progress!

Also, Lola and Jessie's new leashes arrived today - you can see Lola's in a photo above, and I'll get a picture of Jess's tomorrow. They're gorgeous.

1 comment:

Sara said...

Watching dogs wrestle is so much fun. Glad Lola has a pal to roll around with!

Kids are difficult, because each is so different and unpredictable. Oreo has the hardest time with kids. Especially loud one. So, he understands Lola!