Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tuesday Training

Day 10-TexasSquints
Too Much Too fast.
Since taking Texas out to parks and such like, can be a difficult affair by myself, when a friend of mine brought over their dog, I decided what a great time to work on Texas's "On Leash" reactivity.
I was sadly mistaken.
I should have stopped while I was ahead, but I really wanted to work this as we hadn't had this opportunity, with a strange dog, that wasn't going to live with me.

First mistake, Pompeii and Bubbles had been out interacting with the dog earlier, Pompei was enamored and was following said dog all over the yard. So as I was getting Texas geared up (treats, clicker, harness...) they were also getting geared up. To bolt. And as soon as Texas and I attempted to leave the house, the both dash out as fast as possible. Now Bubbles and Texas feed off of each other, and while Bubbles doesn't have the same "issues as Texas", she does like to hear herself bark. So her barking set Texas off much as faster then had he been by himself. And before I knew it there was a tangled mess of dogs, and humans running every which way.

Once I corralled Bubbles and Pompeii, and got Texas back out, it was pretty hopeless. Even walking two yards (literal peoples yards) away was still too close. This part of the "reactivity" is much harder to work with, as I don't have many people with dogs that are willing to work with this. I'm beginning to think i need to start making friends with some local trainers. :)) 
Oh well. 
Back to the Drawing board.

Erin and company


JackDaddy said...

It's amazing how fast little legs can go! :)

Kari in WeHo said...

Big Carl likes to bark at everything so I rarely walk him with the other dogs since he will set them off.

Don't forget, we moved to http://dogisgodinreverse.com

Frankie Furter said...

We Dachshunds can really MOVE when we CHOOSE to.

houndstooth said...

It really is tough! Would it work better to take Texas over to a friend's house?

3 doxies said...

Hellos Erin...it's me Puddles. Thank you very much furs dis informative post bout Texas. All dis time he be saying how well trained he is and I hads a feeling he was fibbin'.
Now, I must go write down dis in his fault section of my lttle book.


Sandra said...

I agree that it can be very hard to find someone to bring over their dog and help you train while your dog is barking up a storm. I have the same problem with Alven and Flash. It takes a special kind of person which is why next week we're enrolling all the pups in some training classes. Here's crossing our fingers!