So much going on!!
Kira the Yorkie
visited again for a few hours. Next weekend she will be staying
overnight. Once again Chimera was super happy to see her and was pushy
about playing and toys. He always wanted whatever toy or chewie
she was playing with, and would steal them right out
of her mouth! Then if she approached while he had something, he would
growl and snap his teeth. That's my boy, the bully. I body blocked him
from stealing her stuff unless she had dropped it, and he was a bit less
obnoxious about it by the end. I also timed him out for overt, bullying
guarding, but I had to take away the most coveted chewie. The guarding
from other dogs doesn't bother me too much as I'm committed to having
one dog at a time, and during the rare times we have doggy visitors I
can always pick up his favorite stuff. As long as he's not being
too much of an asshole.
left we took a trip to Petco to work on his reactivity. I had my turkey
leftovers at the ready and stuffed them in his mouth the moment he heard
tags jangling or saw another dog. I've realized that that's the key --
after about ten minutes of that, he's able to calm down enough to do
Look at That and be rewarded for looking at the other dog for a second
or two at a time. We ended on a great note: he calmly watched a big
German Shepherd walking down the aisle.
I was about to
write how he's maturing and not doing things like eating the carpet
fibers anymore, but JUST NOW he started pulling at the carpet anymore.
Sigh. At least he doesn't chew the electrical cords anymore. He settled
down to sleep more easily when the're nothing going on, and he settles
in his crate even when excited if I stand close by for a few minutes.
He's starting to signal more frequently when he needs to go out: he'll
go to the door or the gate nearest the front door and stare at me. If
I'm in the kitchen sometimes he'll run in, look at me, and then run
out. Unfortunately if I don't notice the signal, then he'll quickly
give up and go on the carpet. I may be a trainer, but I suck at potty
We met my sister
and another friend for lunch at Crepe Vine in Rockridge. They were late
arriving, so we had an hour to walk around the street on our own and
work on his leash reactivity again. He had a couple of big outbursts but
many more moments of eating turkey while quietly looking at another dog
or looking at me when he knew a dog was close by. His loose leash
walking skills are coming along very well. I kept up a high rate of
reinforcement still. He only started doing erratic pulling when he
needed to potty. He was even affiliative with people who wanted to say
hello -- walking up, wagging his tail widely, allowing them to pet him
all over, even handle his ears (though he did, understandably, pull back
a bit when they did). I was very proud of the little man.
the rest of the party arrived, we got a table on the patio, I secured
him to my chair, and gave him a pig ear to munch on. Again he was quite
well behaved and entertained himself without much fuss.
visited my friend Miki and her husband and four month old (human) baby.
Her baby daughter was born the day after Chimera was! She is learning
how to make new sounds, and lately the sounds are extremely
high-pitched. We expected Cai to startle, but he was surprisingly
unconcerned. He would look at her or turn his ears in her direction, but
otherwise calmly hung out under the table where we were sitting. When
we were on the couch, he would walk right up to the baby. He barked at
Miki's Cavalier when he wanted to play but did not hump him like he did
last time. In fact, he was oddly calm for the entire first hour! He even
asked to go outside when he needed to pee but looking at me and then
heading downstairs and to the door when I stood up.
lifted his leg while peeing for the first time! My baby is growing up!!
He's been peeing more frequently on walks and hikes, and had started
hunching his back in an odd way. Today was the second day that he lifted
his leg, when peeing on a high tuft of grass he couldn't squat over.
he got a tick attacked to his chin. It fell off into my palm as I was
scratching him under the chin. EWWW. It's tick season around here, and
I've been flicking and pulling them off of all my hiking dogs.
We haven't been doing much training at home since we've been so busy.
time we worked on the dumbbell, he was firmly taking it from my hand,
but then he started to walk off with it and didn't want to give it back.
We had accidentally taken an long break from
his platform training, and when we did a session again he suddenly
understood how to get all four feet onto the platform. I'm guessing it's
because I'd been shaping him to climb into multiple cardboard boxes in
the meantime. But then he peed on the platform because his bladder was