'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

Friday, 6 July 2012

Growing Up.

Lola has been doing a lot of growing up lately - or maybe our training is just paying off. Either way, over the last few days, she has dealt with:
- A strange man being in the same room as her for ~half an hour. I was constantly throwing her ball, but usually despite this she'd have been tense and uneasy about the situation. Instead, her body language was generally quite loose; she only growled once (when Jess barked when he first came in); and she didn't vocalise or lunge when he extended a hand and tried to get her attention.
- The return of a friend she hasn't seen for a while. She was uncertain when K first came in, and then seemed to remember her. K slept over; she didn't vocalise at all in the morning, spent an hour or so asleep on her lap (even when I was sat next to them!), and licked her a whole lot.
- An off-lead dog greeting. The dog's sudden appearance was a surprise: I'd let her off lead for 30 seconds to get through a narrow entry with my bike, as it is impossible to navigate a bike and somewhat bike-shy dog through such a narrow entry without getting irritated. The weim was pretty calm, and Lola handled a face-to-face greeting quite well (though I did tell her, very firmly, to 'leave it' when it first came up, which helped). Another dog appeared seconds after, some crazy collie cross, and she was much less happy about  that; she barked and lunged, though came back when called. There was no lasting effect to this though as a few moments after another dog (a black/white lurcher, on leash and looking interestedly at Lola but not straining the leash). Lola was still off lead, but she remained by my bike and didn't go up to the dog, or even stare overmuch at it.
- Nearly three hours crated (today). It's the longest stretch of time she's ever been crated for, but she handled it like a champ and didn't mess at all!! If she'd been loose in the kitchen, I can guarantee there'd have been mess. She seems to have *finally* clicked that the crate is for sleeping, not crapping in. I'm hoping by the time I go back to university in mid-Sept, she'll be able to handle being crated whilst I'm out. It would make life a LOT easier!

Good dog.

1 comment:

Chris and Ricky said...

Cute photo of the two of you! Growing up does make a difference. I see it a lot with Ricky now that he is 5.