'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, 27 June 2011

Return to the Trail.

We haven't been to the little reservoir and public 'circular' trail since March... And the grass has really grown since! I went today with Lola, as the fact it was a gorgeous Sunday day would have meant that our park would be brimming with other people and dogs, and we had a blast. It was awful to walk to (twenty minutes or so hard slog up an incredibly steep hill), but once we were there that all changed.

Lola also demonstrated the first 'real' terrier instinct I've ever seen in her (other than attacking toys and general prey drive) - for about fifteen minutes, she was leaping through the grass, bouncing around and sniffing and clearly trying to pinpoint what she had heard/smelled. In the following video, at about 1:23 to 1:30 you can quite clearly hear a squeaking - so I'm not sure if she could smell mice or rats or something. She didn't manage to get anything, but I think she enjoyed her hunting time. It made a change from the usual fetch routine at the park!


Elizabeth said...

Do they have earthdog in England? She'd be awesome at it!

Sophie said...

Unfortunately, I think earthdog is strictly a US thing. It's a shame because I think she'd really love it. I am tempted to make some sort of tunnel system in the basement for her, but it wouldn't be nearly as exciting for her.

Nat said...

Lola looked like she was having a great time! Mika actually doesn't have much real terrier instinct -- she was awesome prey drive, but she's never been really interested in the mice we've encountered on walks through the forest. Haha, I guess Lola is more in tune with her terrier heritage! :)

Bailey Be Good! said...

Lola, you are just the cutest thing!

Woofs & hugs,

~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

Sara said...

How fun to be able to explore in the long grass! Lola was totally in her element.