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On the way to the park this morning, Stella pulled over near the top of the block at her usual pooping spot right by a dog in a car, i mean RIGHT by, with the dog looking down at her and whew--nonevent. Except for the poop.
Off leash was as easy as pie as usual.
And the leash up through the farmers market where everyone brings their dogs after off leash, literally probably a hundred dogs mill around on leash while their owners buy fresh eggs and wheatgrass and goat cheese and gluten free bread and fresh lavender and apple donuts and free range fed meats and line caught fish and NY wine, there was not even the slightest edgy moment where I might have had to reorient her...
Even the trip to the avenue after that to buy more coffee was easy. Major surprise when the marching band started to play right across the street on the block we were walking down with all the little league teams gathering for the opening day of the season parade, Stel did not go right into fright flight total bolt mode with the sound of the drums... she was just hey could we maybe try going down a different block?
We passed scads of dogs, a couple of them giving her the hairy eyeball and she was all fine. Strangely non-reactive.
I'm going to attribute calm this to: we started working on a new trick yesterday. several short sessions. someone on FB put up vid of teaching their dog to do a ninja back leg kick and i thought this would be a perfect segue into lifting diagonal paws... as we are mastering lifting both same side paws--tippy--and learning new things with me always makes Stel feel tied in tighter to me, she even sometimes cuddles (lying on top of or right up next to my feet) as best she can after a little training session.

i'm going to fix this for her, i am


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Apr. 5th, 2014 05:14 pm (UTC)
That sounds like you are not too far down the road and already have some strategies in mind. Just stay hyper-alert for her so she doesn't have to. If she knows you WILL protect her, her confidence will soar and she will be less inclined to need to know what every little thing is up close - she will trust you will let her know if something is wrong and will take care of her.

I have dobermans (usually) and people think they are supposed to protect me. Well, for 99.9% of the time, I am protecting them. And there is the occasional incident when I am glad I have a doberman at my side because they know, they just know when someone is up to no good - and not because I told them so.
Apr. 5th, 2014 05:47 pm (UTC)
Ha! You got a laugh out of me: I have dobermans (usually) and people think they are supposed to protect me. Well, for 99.9% of the time, I am protecting them.

yes and thanks--I'm making a list of daily and trial strategies... to keep in the forefront of my mind
Apr. 5th, 2014 06:50 pm (UTC)
It sounds like you ARE fixing it. Well done.

And I've noticed that after training with Davy, he gets very clingy. He's a cuddly, touchy feely dog anyway, but even more so after training; whether we've trained on sheep or just tricks at home. I think they so love that one on one, undivided attention time.
Apr. 5th, 2014 06:57 pm (UTC)
I worry (because I am a worrier) that because Stella does need so much of me right now if I am going to get her through this... What happens when the puppy comes (still not a sure thing at all but high possibility) because the pup will need so much attention? I don't know how people have more than one dog when that one dog is still so much of a work in progress. Tell me how it's done?
Apr. 5th, 2014 07:18 pm (UTC)
Crate. You will need to give the puppy lots of crate time to sleep unmolested and be comfortable in a crate. Use crate time to work with Stella.
Apr. 5th, 2014 09:08 pm (UTC)
You raised two girls, didn't you? And it sounds like they turned out pretty terrific. :-)

Apr. 7th, 2014 09:55 pm (UTC)
It's really all about being PRESENT in whatever you're doing with which ever dog. An old way of saying it is "quality over quantity" When you're working something with a puppy, you focus on the pup, when you're working with your older dog, you focus on her. It's doable. As you know. Most agility peeps have more than one dog.
Apr. 7th, 2014 10:28 pm (UTC)
I'm really not good at structuring time efficiently. And suddenly with a puppy their will be less time. I guess I'd better get a whole lot better at structuring time.
Apr. 8th, 2014 08:34 pm (UTC)
You will, and you will be fine. I thought the same thing when getting ready to bring Davy home. I was already busy, how do I add a puppy? But it magically works out. And it is amazing and fun. :-)
Apr. 8th, 2014 08:33 pm (UTC)
Are you getting a pup from the same litter that Soshana is?
Apr. 8th, 2014 08:43 pm (UTC)
My daughter REALLY wants a brother or sister of Glance. She adores Glance---this is exactly all the dog she wants---and Soshana is a kind of her idol or maybe role model, and not just from agility... there is the theater and dance and... Anyway, there may not be a pup in the Swirl/Prada litter for us, its become a very popular litter and my daughter wants a boy and Swirl doesn't seem to have a lot of boys and I can not gage where we are on that list at all, no promises from Jan... so Soshana has told us to LOOK at Fuchsia's pups... and she really seems like a sweet easy dog. Soshana also suggested another litter... but whoooooo knows.
Apr. 8th, 2014 09:00 pm (UTC)
Fuchsia is my Merc's 1/2 sister (same father). Schemer is a cousin of sorts to my Slider and Steam. The other litter that is due is out of Singe and she is my Steam's litter sister. All in the family. :-) All perfect timing for summer puppies. Fingers crossed that there will be a handsome black tri boy for B in these litters!
Apr. 6th, 2014 12:44 am (UTC)
Sounds like a good day. One day at a time. That's what I'm doing with Matilda.
Apr. 6th, 2014 03:12 am (UTC)
Leslie, is ... of course, right. Reacting isn't anything more than trying to give you information (and possibly the other dog or source of worry that same information). Our job is to be good listeners, and PROACTIVE listeners.. To help before the threshold is breached.
You can DO IT
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