Adventure Class 3: Clover Gets Harnessed

Last night’s class went really well. She is still her stubborn self but all in all she did great. So far we have

covered:

  • Acknowledging her name when called (we are still working on that-it’s just her being a brat)
  • Sit (she’s adding this to other commands and doing good)
  • Focus (which she doesn’t do)
  • Wait/Stay (getting better)
  • Leave it (along as it wasn’t a toad)
  • Down (she’s getting better)
    AND WITH THIS CLASS
  • Heel
  • Walk
  • OK (her release command from stay/wait)

After 35 minutes she wanted to shut down. I have worked with better acting mules than this little girl. We switched things up and played with her a little and we were at it again. I only wish she wouldn’t be so stubborn or easily distracted. BUT this is where we have to work on ‘focus’ a bit more.

I had purchased her a really nice walking harness and we were working on her heel command and walking like a lady on my right side. NOPE! The harness that I bought for her allowed her whole body movement. So, the trainer put on a training harness. My heart broke because it looked so uncomfortable but I need to be more firm with her. It was harder than I thought. I want her to walk on my right side, so we are training her to heel and walk on my right side. When she get’s stubborn-basically so do I and just stop. I also have to do sharp left turns to train her to heel to my right. Ugh so much to remember but she doesn’t succeed of I don’t. Tonight it will be an around the block training session in short bursts and some focus training as well. I already warned my husband that dinner will be cheap and quick because I do need to invest more time with my girl.

Adventure: Class 2-Clover Isn’t Having It!

As I posted in my journal post I was hit with a really bad bought of depression and wasn’t motivated to do anything. I paid for the obedience classes and no matter how I felt we were going.To prepare for this class (since she didn’t like any treats from last class other than her dog food I brought) I

pan seared in Corn Oil some chicken livers. I grew up on them andthey are awesome fried but she can’t really have all the fatty southern goodness like I use to have. I tried it, it was awful but she didn’t mind it so much. I wanted her to taste test before taking it to the class. I also peeled and chopped apple chunks and mixed the liver, apple, and her dog food all in one treat bag and we were set.

We get to class, and the sassy little girl wasn’t having ANY of it. I felt so defeated and deflated which didn’t help my depression at all. Then the trainer pulled out some toys. Toys that we don’t give our baby anymore because they last 1.5 minutes (and that’s on a good day). We practiced focus, leave it, and wait/stay. She was doing good but still distracted and I couldn’t figure out why. That was until I started dripping sweat, my heart started pounding and then the shaking. What a perfect fucking time to have a panic attack. She sensed it the whole time before I even started showing and feeling symptoms. When the attack had passed all she wanted to do was comfort me. We worked for another few minutes then my husband had called it for me. She is a very smart and hard working companion. At home she did focus, down, and wait just fine.

Hopefully next class I will have it together. This was not on her fault.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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