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Knee doctor and New class

January 14th 2010 5:53 pm
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Mom went to the new knee Dr. this morning. She liked him but he basically told her the same as the others. Very bad knees, old lady knees. Going to need new ones but not at 46, she will have to wait. Meanwhile there is nothing left to do. She cannot have the injections anymore as she had a bad reaction last time. No more arthroscopic surgeries, she has had 4 on each knee. So he said basically to avoid the things that make them hurt, which is almost everything. When she got home her and dad did all the laundry at the park Laundromat and then it was time for my first class of intermediate obedience. Mom’s head was hurting so she took some meds since dad said he would drive us. We took the class at Petsmart from a well known local trainer. In fact mom had wanted to use her before but she stopped her own business and only works through Petsmart. At the time mom needed a trainer to come to the house. The trainer has trained SD’s in fact she had a stroke years ago and had one of her own. I am afraid I did not behave well at all. I talked to others with my cute little yodel and bounced around. It looked like I had no training at all. I just thought we were at a dog party and we should all be playing and having a good time. We went around the room and our mom s introduced us and them to the class. On cue when mom was talking about us I got up and did my really cute dance and tail wag. Everyone thought I was adorable however mom did not look that impressed with me at the moment. Mom kept repeating to herself “this is why we are here so Dora can work around other dogs and more distractions”. The trainer explained what we were to do and then we all went out into the isle in the store to work on it. I was waayy to distracted and barely noticed mom. She started to get frustrated and then I got frustrated. Then she got stressed and I got worried. Then all of a sudden she took a big breath and smiled down at me. We went for a little break and came back to the class. After that I did do a little better. This was just a new environment for me to work in. Also since I did not have my vest I figured it was fun time. After the class the trainer thought I did fine and agreed that this class was just what I needed. The trainer also told mom that she approved of how mom has done things with me up until now. She thinks that we are farther along then mom thinks we are. She had some great suggestions for mom.
After class mom told dad that she really like the instructor and thought she is just what the two of us needs right now. Mom learned a few new tricks to try on me to have me heel better. She is also going to start taking me a couple times a week to Petsmart to work just a little. So I get used to training in the environment. I was mentally pooped when we got home and slept the rest of the afternoon. Mom had physical therapy so she went to that. She got home and was exhausted and just shut down. I am lying with her on the couch right now.


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Barked by: Naomi H

January 14th 2010 at 5:59 pm

{{hugs}} You will get better.... When I take Barkely to petsmart he is totally off his rocker! He barks over and over, he pulls, he sniffs, he begs for treats from everyone he meets! When people find out he is a service dog (I always have his vest with me), I have to explain this is NOT how he behaves in public and that this is his time off.
Barked by: Ollivander (Dogster Member)

January 14th 2010 at 6:16 pm

Yes, classes are a great time to practice around distractions! Mom has found that she gets really stressed sometimes in class because I'm not doing what she wants, then I behave even worse! The best thing to do is just what you did-- stop, smile, take a breath and a quick break, then back to work. One thing you might try is every time you stop walking, you take a deep breath and smile at your dog and relax your shoulders. It helps out so much!
Barked by: Dora CGC (Dogster Member)

January 14th 2010 at 6:45 pm

Barkley -I know what you mean I was kind of sorry
i had told them she was a SDIt.
Ollie- thanks that is what I need to do. It is just that she is almost perfect at home and pretty good when we are out access training so it just suprises and frustrates me. I am only human you know.
thanks you guys
Barked by: Ollivander (Dogster Member)

January 14th 2010 at 6:47 pm

The place Ollie is always the worst behaved is at doggie class! So we understand the feeling-- it is just such an exciting place to be.
Barked by: Josephine (Dogster Member)

January 15th 2010 at 11:56 am

great the trainer was such a great help. Enjoy working with her :o) Dora seems to be a very playful dog. It is good for her to have fun! Once tired, she will have fun working.
I am worried about your knee situation Brenda..
Why not knee surgery with 46?
Sending you a warm wish and a kiss for Dora, sonja

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