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    Feisty Class ~ Week the Fourth

    Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:46 pm
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    This was kind of a quiet class - the one couple that has the two dogs (her Wheaten terrier and his pit bull-shepherdy sort of dog) wasn't there, so there was just us and the bird dog-pitty-greyhoundy sort of dog named Ella (I think). She's kind of tall, very slim, and REALLY nervous.

    So this week, they brought out the REAL dogs.


    We used the same protocols as last week - either treat whenever the dog's in sight, treat when he sees the dog and doesn't react, or let him look at the dog, then look at me, and if I have to distract him, one click & treat, but if he looks at me on his own, then it's party time and we treat like crazy.

    They started with a little chihuahua - this one was very shy and really didn't want to be there. She moved past Ella's station and just stopped. She was having no part of this game, so Jar didn't get to see her.

    Second dog they brought out was another chihuahua - they said this one looked just like the first one, but since I didn't see the first one, I'll have to take their word for it. icon_smile.gif The deal with this one was that she may LOOK like the shy, fade-into-the-woodwork dog, but she was a little show-off. Prancing around, doing tricks, just having a good old time - RIGHT THERE in front of the other (much bigger than she was!) dogs!

    Jar was pretty "ho-hum" after the first couple of times. They actually brought her right into our station to put on her little show, and Jar didn't care a bit.

    Then we took a break - which I think is a great idea. It really is exhausting, I think, for the dogs - especially these guys - to be trying so hard to keep it together like they are.

    Anyway, after the break, they brought out Eli.

    Eli is a HUGE bull mastiff. I mean, this dog was massive. He was nearly as tall as Jar, only much more muscular. He was gorgeous. Oh, and he was also (to put it delicately), well, his dangly bits were still there. icon_wink.gif

    Jar immediately froze and went into that stare - the one that you just KNOW something is coming.

    Fortunately, probably because he was tired (and possibly because he was already lying down) (though I've seen him LEAP to his feet at the drop of a hat), anyway, we were able to get his attention away from Other Dog and back to one of us, though it was a little tougher than before - I actually had to bait him - wave a nice piece of chicken under his nose.

    The second or third time he came around, he peed in Jar's cubicle - down at the other end from where we were, yeah, but even I got that message. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Eventually, by the end of the class, about half the time, he'd look to one of us on his own, and the other half he needed to be called, sometimes baited.

    Our homework is to keep doing what we're doing - and I think I'm going to focus some more on getting his attention - without chicken!
    K9 Owned
    Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:28 pm
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    Good job!
    I lol'ds at the Mastiff peeing... we all know what that means and for Jar to keep it together was excellent.
    Sat Sep 22, 2012 8:31 pm
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    K9 Owned wrote:
    Good job!
    I lol'ds at the Mastiff peeing... we all know what that means and for Jar to keep it together was excellent.

    Oh yeah..... Jar did REALLY well!! icon_biggrin.gif
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