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I think I need to focus less on handling and more intently on Stella for now. Because I am now sure that on the Grand Prix run we ran right after big black scary dog that barked at her... if I had waited until the dog was gone from the ring instead of being a "good girl" and going in before the DW and if I had changed my plan to handle her more proactive protectively, I would have handled her in the opening on the opposite side (putting myself between her and the dog that just left) and just kept her head and ate the lost time getting most likely very late to obstacle #4. Better than having lost time while she policed the ring to make sure the dog was gone and she was safe...

The fundraiser for Soshana was a huge success. I had to rent a car to get there because the clutch on Pearl went...

I brought NEW YORK bagels for the set up crew and to sell

I put together four raffles.  Two of my favorite groupings were these bunny/coon tugs I made using the nontoxic hides from Clean Run... paired with colored tennis balls and fancy Bloomies bracelets still in boxes with tags my kids would never wear.... I miss making things

I found a fun app to play with and have decided I like our living room much better as a cartoon

the cat is cool as a cartoon too

PS: the mud eater's farts... oh my.


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Apr. 4th, 2014 06:59 pm (UTC)
I always had to manage Enid - she is reactive and you need to know what the triggers and issues are so you can avoid or minimize them. Stella comes first and you will need to start with less fancy handling and more basic moves she always understands so she gets some confidence back.

I remember with Daria running around the outside of the tunnel because it made her run faster (she was slow, not reactive) because she responded to my movement but I had to put in extra activity for her.

With Enid, I was always between her and the next big dog - little dogs were ok but black faced dogs or bigger dogs had to be avoided.

It sounds like Stella is a reactive dog - that is not a death knell and I must have missed where you discussed this if in fact you did. If you didn't you could step back and try to be impartial about what is going on with her. Enid got her most fearful when she was 6 - she has gotten a bit better, mainly because I retired her from agility at 7 since she hurt her foot and it didn't heal right.
Apr. 4th, 2014 07:28 pm (UTC)
sigh. she was not always a reactive dog... quite the contrary. i cluelessly made her one... i just didn't know how deeply an incident effected her at the time and what i needed to do about it---or should have done to have prevented it.
my problem used to be she was too friendly. too trusting. too confident.
but i guess i have to accept now she is a reactive dog. i am so freakin mad at myself.
Apr. 4th, 2014 07:33 pm (UTC)
She may not stay reactive. If you protect her and take care with her environment and always always stay away from black faced dogs, you can win back some normalcy. Rosie works with a lot of reactive dogs so I hope she can chime in and off er some help. Make sure you have a copy of Leslie McDevitt's Control Unleashed and read it thru, play the games, read Mazie's blog since she is just now going down this path with Roper. It's not like she hadn't worked with reactive dogs already she just didn't see it slowly creeping up with Roper. She has started with the Look at That! game - getting Roper to look at his trigger then look back to her for a treat. If they know there is a trigger and you won't let them track it, then they think it is right behind them. They need to know what the trigger is doing and that it is staying away from them or is contained. New strategies to learn.
Apr. 4th, 2014 07:47 pm (UTC)
I do have CU and also recently got CU--the puppy program and also Fired Up Frantic and Freaked Out... I have done LAT with her... I need to have a routine as we go in the ring and the leash and collar come off, that she keeps her head with me and in the game, its that waiting moment that is limbo for her maybe that she starts to worry, while I set up and look to see whether the ring is ready for us to go... Its just not consistent this worry thing of hers... the trial before this, she was fine with me leading out to the opposite end of the course for a really wacky snooker opening... I'm just learning this about her that if a dog barks at her as we get ready to run it shatters her, sometimes. and sometimes she doesn't forget that dog for the whole weekend... i need to turn up my powers of observation a little more intently
I guess its good I figured this much out
Apr. 4th, 2014 09:21 pm (UTC)
I take advantage of "my bitch is reactive" to not enter the ring until it is ready i.e. the other dog has gone and it looks like the ring crew are done. I let the gate know I have a reactive dog so I need to be sure the ring is empty 1st and they are good with that.
Apr. 5th, 2014 05:58 pm (UTC)
Where do I find Mazie's blog about Roper? I've been looking...
Apr. 5th, 2014 06:02 pm (UTC)
if you open my blog and then look at my friends, you will see a lot in common but also Maisy's blog - I do apologize it is called Multisylldogs - she has a little mouse as her avatar. Sucks to be silly like me. And Maisy has an 's' not a 'z' - I knew I should have looked at it instead of just spouting off. But then of course, it really is Mayzie - the mouse is Maisy. (so many post-post edits)


Edited at 2014-04-05 06:15 pm (UTC)
Apr. 5th, 2014 06:19 pm (UTC)
Apr. 4th, 2014 07:37 pm (UTC)
The more bombproof we think a dog is, the more likely it is that in our agility world, some stupid activity will affect them more deeply than we could imagine. I thought Jill was bombproof as a puppy but it only took a fear period and the teeter to totally fuck her up for all of her puppyhood. I gave her up as an agility dog but time and care turned her around - lack of stress and lack of goals helps me keep low key which is what I needed to do. She is still quick to take offense but I don't put her in the same reactive dog class as Enid - she is way more reliable and stable these days - the current problem is my moods and instability (working on it).

Edited at 2014-04-04 07:37 pm (UTC)
Apr. 4th, 2014 07:49 pm (UTC)
your experience and empathy on this is actually very consoling---thanks
Apr. 4th, 2014 11:40 pm (UTC)
It looks as though you're getting some input.

The cartoons are interesting.
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