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gah we are a week into august

the summer is flying by. when did i leave the ct? i've lost track. i only brought three days of clothes when i left thinking i'd either be bringing B right back home or we'd get her better fast and back to work once i was there... never imagined...
she wants to see her friend in the city today for brunch and then our plan was to head to ct the afternoon and we will see how she is doing, but this morning i am rethinking-- that's too optimistic. she really can only do one thing a day and then her spine gets weird and she is zapped of all energy. its the weird spine that we have to keep an eye on. we really really really need to progress slowly. its so hard. 

meanwhile stella i am sure has forgotten that agility even exists... i've been trying to teach her how to drum, something she never got the hang of when we were in the trkman tricks class, but we are getting it a little now. it was so strange at first when i came back, she didn't want to go on walks with me, to the park in the morning yes, but in the afternoon or evening she'd just dig in her feet and pull the other way---it took so much cajoling or duping her with trick after trick up the block until she would just walk with me, a couple times I had to just pick her up and carry her a distance to get her beyond the balking, its a little better now. but for the life of me I can not figure that out--where that came from and am sort of wondering what that will be when we return to agility, you know, team???


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Aug. 5th, 2012 02:57 pm (UTC)
I've had two client dogs who refuse to walk. It's a fear. I'm not saying Stel's is a fear, but with these two, something spooked them and they just decide to NOT walk.

The one has done much better when the owner carries the mat on the walks. she lays it down 10 feet ahead, the dog focuses, trots over to it and bam... off they go. You could try that.

The other one we just completely changed the route. The owner always walked the same way (a lot of people do) and the dog just was against it. So we walked a totally different way and she was all. hey! new stuff! cracked me up
Aug. 5th, 2012 03:20 pm (UTC)
yeah, i was thinking new route... but out the door in the city on the sidewalk its either left down to the avenue or right up to the park and either way is the same. (she was bitten on leash and we've had issues with that, first cowering and more recently lunging barking... but that was almost a year ago) but hey, so maybe we could go straight out and J-walk to the other side of the street?

i thought it might have to do with---i deserted her for 10 days
the husband was very conscientious about getting her to the park and on two other good long leash walks, he played with her in the house---he kept texting me pictures of her heh heh so i could see she was fine


Edited at 2012-08-05 03:29 pm (UTC)
Aug. 5th, 2012 03:35 pm (UTC)
Also, does she like to tug? I mean REALLY like it? if so, take a NEW tug toy with you and engage in tugging when she starts to drag her feet. Razor often re-directs nicely to tugging when something bothers him on our walks. It's weird looking, but I don't care. I just want to keep going and he can tug and "walk" at the same time. Talent!
Aug. 5th, 2012 02:58 pm (UTC)
and just what IS that little red and white moppit in those pictures. Doesn't look real. :)
Aug. 5th, 2012 03:23 pm (UTC)
its a mini-auss labradoodle + aussie shep for color that lives in the neighborhood, from Stel's breeder
Aug. 5th, 2012 03:36 pm (UTC)
Oh my....
Aug. 5th, 2012 03:45 pm (UTC)
Aug. 5th, 2012 03:11 pm (UTC)
It's been two and a half, almost three weeks, but it feels longer doesn't it? Is that a mini parti-labradoodle clipped way down?
Aug. 5th, 2012 03:21 pm (UTC)
mini-hudson doodle named Thane
Aug. 5th, 2012 04:00 pm (UTC)
What's he like? How old?
Aug. 5th, 2012 04:04 pm (UTC)
probably 9 months. she's like a labradoodle... but just seen her passing on the sidewalk once and at off leash twice for a couple minutes
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