'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

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Scaling Mountains.

...Well, Pendle Hill is big enough to be a mountain anyway, in my book!

Lola was out for about five hours today - an hour walk in the morning (with Jess), three hours getting to, up, down and back from Pendle Hill in the afternoon (without Jess), and an hour walk when we returned (with Jess). To say she is tired is an understatement!

First up, pictures.

It was a pretty awesome trip. Lola did really well! She had pretty minimal barking or growling at anyone, and even when she did vocalise it was pretty easy to get her attention back. Bribing her (shoving a handful of food in front of her nose), as I tried a couple of times on the way up, worked a lot less than playing Look At That - a game she knows very well by now. Incidents of vocalisation were mostly in the beginning, when I was being dumb.

The hill-climbing party was myself and Lola, Kelly, Jenny and her dog Millie. As I've said on here before, Kelly and Lola have a slightly difficult relationship still - Lola has come a hell of a long way from where she used to just bark constantly at her, and would growl and bark at any movement, but today was great. On the hike, she walked fairly close to Kelly quite a lot; when she had the zoomies and we were all sat down, she leapt up against Kelly's back as well as mine; and she even let Kelly stroke her for a couple of minutes, on two different occasions on the hill. When we were home a couple of hours later, Lola waltzed up to Kelly (sat on a chair), jumped up against her legs, and licked her hands for a few moments. She wasn't confident enough to jump onto Kelly's lap when she was invited, and backed away slightly, but there was no growl as she backed away--which is something she used to do quite a lot--and she didn't shy away from Kelly after that. She was pretty much just saying, 'nah, I'll pass.' And that is fine.

She's a good girl.


Sara said...

Wow! That is quite the hike, but what amazing views you were rewarded with.

How nice that Lola could join you. SOunds like she did a great job :)

An English Shepherd said...

Looks like a mountain to me as well.

Did you see any witches... ;-)

Bailey Be Good! said...

That mountain looks like it's on the top of the world! Keep up the great work, Lola! :)

Woofs & hugs,

~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl)

Jen said...

Wow, sounds like a lovely day! Murph is a little jealous- she would have loved a 5 hour walk, LOL

Jen and the Black Dog Crew