Intermediate obedience: Week 5 (aka Dahlia the out of it!) - The Book of Ramblings
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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Tue, Nov. 4th, 2008 10:55 am
Intermediate obedience: Week 5 (aka Dahlia the out of it!)

Class last night was...interesting. It didn't go so well, for the first time. It started with our discovering that Dahlia had stepped in some gum and gotten it worked into her paw pad pretty well. I'm guessing she stepped on it on the way into Petsmart and we didn't notice it right away. She was slinking around a bit so it was probably because it was uncomfortable. So we spent the first 10 minutes of class keeping her down and on her side so our trainer could work some peanut butter into the gum to loosen it up. We got it all out, but I'm sure her paw was still irritated.

Dahlia was HORRIBLE distracted all class, which was ashame as it was a private class. Our trainer was a bit distracted too -- I think she was having a bad day as well. So all together, Dahlia did NOT do really well, but it was an ok class. We talked to her about Dahlia's reluctance to go with someone else and how to work through that. So we have some ideas for that. She does ultimately go with the person we hand the leash to, but she's not happy about it and it's obvious from her body language.

We did manage to get her to do some stays with other dogs around and she did well with that. We're working on stays and waits with distractions and she's being pretty successful. She even managed to when there were some pretty hyper dogs around. I'm proud of my baby. She's a good girl.

In other notes about last night's class.

OMG I MET A WOLF DOG. Seriously. I was standing at the check out lane and this woman came in with this MASSIVE dog. I took one look at it and told David I was positive it was a wolf dog. And so I had to go find the woman and talk to her and sure enough, it was indeed a wolf dog...that looked more wolf than dog. He was friendly, but timid. He doesn't like hands (they think he was abused and so he's nervous if someone puts a hand out to him), so I squatted down and he came over and sniffed me. He was just such a handsome amazing dog. It's the closest I've gotten to a wolf or wolf dog and I was just blown away at having that opportunity. We were 5 minutes late to class but really, it was so worth it. What an amazing creature. She's a very lucky woman.

And I also got to hold a baby ball python. That was neat. I love snakes. I couldn't actually have one as a pet because I can't feed it what it needs to eat. But it's fun holding them and letting them crawl around my hand.

It was definitely an interesting night at Petsmart!

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angely78
angely78
angely78
Tue, Nov. 4th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)

we almost got a wolf dog, when I was little. I have a very clear memory of going to look for the bathroom while mom and dad and Adam played with the puppies, pausing by the doggie gate set up in the kitchen, and being eye-to-gorgeous golden eye with the Mom. Dim hallway, and those eyes. I was maybe 7, and I'll never forget it.


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Tue, Nov. 4th, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)

Wow...that's just awesome. I've always wanted one, but David? Far too hesitant. His reaction to the dog was to back up a bit. Dahlia met him and all went well there though! David thought she was a little scared of him, but it turned out she was just walking funny because she had gum stuck in the pad of her back foot.


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angely78
angely78
angely78
Tue, Nov. 4th, 2008 06:02 pm (UTC)

sticky feet. LOL.


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Tue, Nov. 4th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)

Yeah...she was NOT a happy dog. It was all stuck up in between her toes. That must have felt awful!


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angely78
angely78
angely78
Tue, Nov. 4th, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC)

at least it wasn't something really painful, like a burr or a thorn.


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Tue, Nov. 4th, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)

That's true. I'm always worried about that. Our border collie (when I was younger) got burrs in her fur all the time.


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