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    Another week, another class

    Krislady
    Sun Mar 10, 2013 3:06 pm
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    Not much of import this week - we're still in the 9AM session, which is good, though the timing is killing me!

    I go to the public market alternate Saturday mornings, so I was out by 6:30, downtown to the market and back, dropped my mother-in-law back home, then home to unload the car, get Jar, and back out, headed back downtown for 9:00 class. icon_rolleyes.gif

    We did get there a few minutes early, which is good, so I walked him around the park across the street to get all the peeing and sniffing out of his system. And there was as FIRETRUCK,which just made his day. (He sang along!)

    We got to class, and apparently the Boston terriers had a moment of clarity and decided that maybe they weren't ready for the advanced class, and they're going to re-visit the basic class. So now we've only got 4 in this class - Jar, another dog from the last couple of advanced classes, and the little golden who's apparently some kind of prodigy. icon_rolleyes.gif And the little corgi-lab looking guy.

    That poor thing - something freaked him out in the middle of class, and he spent most of the rest of the hour with his tail tucked up between his legs and cowering in a corner behind the agility stuff. No one knows what happened, but he's evidently a pretty timid - his mom says he's a rescue, and he's got all kinds of scars on his belly from being beaten up by other dogs. icon_sad.gif

    He finally, by the end of the class, had calmed down a bit and was at least walking around, when GUESS WHO decides to go all jerky on him. icon_evil.gif

    Yup, Jar did his "I'm gonna eat you" charge thing, and totally freaked out the little guy again. Bob, the trainer, said it was probably because he knew the little guy was already scared.

    I told Jar that I didn't raise him to be that kind of jerk. icon_sad.gif

    So anyway, with the smaller class, the dogs worked a LOT harder - and I did start dropping the leash while heeling. I have discovered that, as much as he loves his treats, a bagel with cream cheese REALLY gets his attention! icon_lol.gif

    Up until he started being a jerky jerkface, Jar was a perfect gentleman - but by the end of class BOY was he tired! He slept the rest of the day Saturday, we all went to bed early, and we all slept in a bit this morning.

    And he's sacked out on the deck now.
    Connie Lea
    Sun Mar 10, 2013 7:31 pm
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    Who's a good boy - Jarly of course. That poor little corgi-lab. So glad he got rescued.
    Saralaya
    Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:58 pm
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    Connie Lea wrote:
    Who's a good boy - Jarly of course. That poor little corgi-lab. So glad he got rescued.


    Connie said it all! icon_biggrin.gif
    Debbwl
    Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:46 pm
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    I agree with Connie and Saralaya, feel so sorry for the corgi-lab.
    Krislady
    Wed Mar 13, 2013 6:21 am
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    Me too - he seems like such a sweet dog.
    K9 Owned
    Wed Mar 13, 2013 5:53 pm
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    For him to have scars on his belly would indicate that he had been attacked and submitted (rolled on his back) only to have the attack or attacks continue. icon_sad.gif That little guy is going to have HUGE trust issues so I am delighted that his rescuers (bless them) are prepared to work things through with him.

    And yes...Mr. Jerky would have read that he was frightened and did some bullying.

    On the other hand Kudos for dropping the leash! He really is doing very well!
    Krislady
    Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:57 am
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    I know it - the poor little guy. The mom said that when he meets another dog, he immediately rolls over and offers his belly, but that he is nervous with strange dogs.

    Up until last week, he's been doing very well - I suspect he heard something in the laundry room - there's an area that's kind of fenced off with laundry facilities and other storage, and I think someone may have been in there. That corner of the room sort of freaks out some of the dogs anyway, I've noticed, and that's where he was when he started slinking around.

    When we did the "socialization" thing - put your dog in a down-stay, cross to the other side of the room and give a treat to someone else's dog who also remains in a down-stay - I had to practically climb under the bench he was hiding behind to give him a treat. But he took it, though. icon_smile.gif

    And I've started stepping up the heeling thing with Jar - when I get home from work, I take him out and we work in street - leash dropped. icon_smile.gif It's a bit more of a challenge for him than empty parking lots in the dark at 5 in the morning. icon_biggrin.gif
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