and fuuuunnnnyy teeth.
"Are we there yet???"
After I dropped her off, I went to assist Debby with class at Animal Friends. It was an hour long "Companion Dog Manners" class and afterward, I zipped over the the Western PA Humane Society to assist my friend Bob with his classes. He has three classes...Teen Intervention, Puppy & Advanced Puppy (all classes Lola has taken, some more than once).
After class, Scotty dropped Penny off at the shelter & we headed over to the Shaler Library to do Reading with Rover. It didn't go as well as I would have liked. Penny was pretty distracted by the other dogs & didn't want to lay down much. She did for 75% of the time & met a few really nice kids (one of which took a huge liking to her & gave her a zillion hugs). But she freaked out at one of the other volunteer's dogs (Mary Ann's Sam) and kinda scared a couple kids. Nice. I quickly smoothed things over by telling them that Sam scared her b/c he was so big and she didn't want him to hurt her. They all understood and one little boy told me how he yells at the bigger kids at school if they come around him at lunch time b/c they scare him (his Mother seemed a little taken back) and it was all good after that. One boy read Penny a story about Ears and told me she was much prettier than the other dogs there. We're gonna try to go another time & if she seems as stressed as this time, we won't go again. Sherman would be wonderful at this but I need to make it clear to the kids that they cannot hug or lay on him. I'm gonna talk to Joy about that.
Then Penny & I went home and rested till it was time to pick Lola up. I checked on Lola a few times & she was supervising. She's the white dot on top of the A frame...her favorite spot!
I picked Lola up, ordered a cheesesteak hoagie, watched Weird Science & went to bed. It was a long day!
It has been entirely too cold to do anything productive on our walks. I did take Lola to Marsha's Super Puppy class and she's officially in love. His name is George and he looks kinda like this:
He's the size of a baby elephant and they had their first kiss on Wednesday. He was a little nervous to walk up the stairs so Lola planted a big sloppy wet one on him & encouraged him to follow her to class. She's also quite smitten with his Mom, Amy and thinks she'll make a fine Mother in Law.
Lola did really well in class. Our best in a while. Any time I wasn't paying attention to her, she'd go through her bag of tricks. Sit, Down, Bang!, Roll over, Spin, Down, Stare at Mom. It was quite cute really. She did great on all the heeling and her recall was adoreable. We did it across the whole room & she stayed in a Sit while I walked away. She did stand when I turned to face her but when I said Lola, Come!...she shot across the room to me like she was on fire. We practiced a lot of Stays with distractions (we need work in this!) and she could not resist kissing Marsha & Kelly when they came over to do the Sit for Exam. We did supervised separation for the first time and I was happy to hear that she whimpered a bit but then just hung out & waited for me. We did dog to dog introductions and she was awesome. She totally ignored the other dogs both time. She was fine meeting Marsha in the wheelchair but did not like the metal water bucket that was flung on the floor (it's LOUD!). She didn't want to investigate it at all (even with a salmon cookie placed inside) but once I turned it upside down, she ate a cookie off the top & decided it wasn't so bad. Could Lola be turning into a normal dog??? She didn't bark or flip out once...Not even coming into the building with all the other dogs leaving the previous class. She did do the little Lola Grrrrrr Rrrrrrr at George, but that's b/c she loves him & wanted to play.
Training progress (01-18-07):
Walked all 3 separately again. Man, I'm sure am getting a workout these days! Nothing earth shattering to report. Still working on recalls w/ Sherman, LLW with Penny & reactivity issues with Lola. Everyone's doing really well & I'm looking forward to a wonderful Spring!!
Then we worked on the reading part. I should note that Penny hates when we read, especially the newspaper or magazines. When we're reading, we can't be paying attention to her & that is just rude (according to Penny). So, she laid on the mat while I read her People magazine & gently stroked her. She liked that. We're going to practice that a couple nights a week so she can get used to it.
She can also read, all by herself.
"Ashlee Simpson looks way better since she had her nose done"
Lola - Took her to Marsha's Super Puppy class. When we got to the shelter, there were 8-10 little dogs coming out of the previous class. They were all walking through the parking lot and Lola gave a couple little growls, but stopped when I told her to leave it. We had to wait outside for them to let us in & a PWD puppy came bounding up to the door. Lola got very wiggly & I made her Sit & Wait and asked the guy if she could say hello. He said sure & they had a blast getting to know each other. Once inside, a woman we know from other classes came over to say hello with her new dog. He basically jumped Lola & started fighting with her & she fought back. We quickly broke it up & she calmed down quickly. After that she was stellar. She was a bit nervous about a 150 Mastiff b/c he was giant (and is still a puppy!) but I asked her to Leave It & she did. We did lots of Heeling, Stays, Recalls and handling. This class is basically a CGC/TDI prep class for puppies so we'll focus on several parts of the test. Marsha came over to do the exam and I had Lola sit & told her to Wait. This worked beautifully!! She didn't jump or move (but she did give Marsha a couple kisses) One of my concerns for her is she's too friendly & wants to jump on people & kiss them in the face. We had a great class & I'm very hopeful that Lola is going to be a normal dog one day. I just have to put the time in now till she matures. I went through the exact same thing with Penny & Penny is perfect (almost). We'll get there.
While the girls don't actually like the cold, the blast of cold air at lunchtime shot them with a jolt of energy.
Yes, Penny has to deal with this crap from Lola on a daily basis (poor girl!). Her own personal step stool.
"Then I drag him to my Secret Lair...where I will devour him when I wake from my slumber."
"You all know what comes next. No need to document it. I don't have to remind you what happened to Santa"
It was all over in a few seconds...
Poor Penny is really bad at shaping. I ruined all fun clicker stuff for her by using it to teach attention. Granted, she has amazing attention, but she does nothing but stare a hole into my head. I'm not good enough at this clicker stuff yet (but will be after the Clicker Expo in March!!). Tried for 20 minutes to shape her Go to Mat.
"How 'bout I just stare at you??? C'mon...Click, please!"
We managed to get one bony butt cheek on, but that took a lot of tossing the treat on the mat (c/t), she sits on it (c/t, tossing it away).
Finished her up with some quarter turns and automatic sits. She does love to heel. Weird dog.
Did some Go to Mat (her favorite clicking game)...got up to 22 seconds, did some targeting...used the target stick to teach Spin (c/t me! Faded the target stick and had her Spinning on cue in about 2 minutes!). Finished by practicing Stays w/ distance and duration...got to 25 seconds & distance of a room. We don't practice this nearly enough. (Note to self - Work on Stays!! But they're so booorrringg!).
"See Mom, I can Stay!"
And just to show how pissed she was about the whole "wrapping the head up in hot pink Vet Wrap" thing...she stole the roll off the coffee table and attempted to chew it up to prevent further embarrassment.
Little does she know that I have add'l rolls in blue & red...mmmwwhhhaaaaa!!!!
OK now Laura...couple of questions. Were Charlie's ear flipped back or flattened to his head? Cause he doesn't look like Lola did. And how long did you keep the gauze on? All the time? Or did he get time off to let his ears breathe? How many days till he was healed?
(This is sweet, sweet Charlie everyone! I stole his pic from Laura's Blog!)
He doesn't look much happier than Lola did, huh? But, I'm gonna pick up some gauze tomorrow (probably breathes better too).
Training progress (01/04/07):
Penny - I love this dog. I really, really, really love this dog. Two days into our new LLW protocol & she is damn near perfect. Started with lots of direction changes to get her focus on me. Didn't take long. Stopped on the side streets & did stays, recalls & heeling. Ran/jogged for the last 1/2 block. Penny loved it!! I'm trying very hard to keep things super duper fun for her (I have a tendancy to be too serious w/ PW) and there is a noticable difference.
Lola - Didn't start out too well. The second we walked outside...jingle, jingle...here comes another dog. Wooffffff!!!! Back in the house. Reinforced her for being calm & went on the porch. She was a little stressed, but managed to do sits, downs & touch and we left once she was calm. She saw a big trash can (it was dark outside) and woofed but I took her over to inspect it & once she sniffed she looked at me "So, what's the big deal??" Took her a while to focus on me (used direction changes & circles) but got great eye contact & heeling about 2 minutes in. She started to stress at the end of the street (there is another Boxer around the bend that always Woofs at her) so we just stayed on our street & worked both sides. Finished on the porch with lots of eye contact, downs & stays.
"And it's even better if you throw my blanky on it!"
Training progress (1/3/07):
Penny - LLW was decent...immediately changed directions if the leash was taut. Had to do that a handful of times. Concentrated on really reinforcing her voluntarily checking in. Did lots of fun heeling stuff (zig zagging, running, changing directions...basically making an ass out of myself in front of my neighbors). Practiced some stays on the front porch (LOTS of distractions). Pushed her too long and then backed up and did some shorter sit & down stays. Much better. Taught her a new trick, Whack! (in a down, she slams her paw on the ground...think "whack a mole")...didn't add a cue yet.
(I spent the part of my day off watching Pam Dennison's Camp R.E.W.A.R.D DVD & found my faith again. It was a good kick in the butt & reminded me of what I need to be doing with Lola.)
Lola - I gave her a big kiss & told her I did not hate her, did not want to leave her in the woods & was not sorry we ever got her (all things I said on Tuesday on the way home...mean Mommy :o(. ) I love her & we'll work together to fix her problem. So off we went. Worked on her being calm on the front porch before the walk (she starts to stress the second we're out the front door)...did very well. Asked her for a couple behaviors before we went (sit & touch). Heeled down both steps beautifully. Worked a TON on attention & her automatically checking in with me. She was stellar! Changed directions if she lost focus (only happened 3 times). Did lots of back up recalls (Recently Lola thinks Come means stare at me then run away). Had a party any time we heard a dog bark (me clapping and saying Yeahhhh and feeding her). Saw another dog by the Vets...she looked at it, looked at me (another party) and we turned around. She did not bark ONCE!!! Finished with some more behaviors on the porch (down, touch, stay, come). We're going to be doing a lot of work in the front yard from now on.
It was a very good night!