March 19th 2013 5:21 am
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Thank you everyone once again for making Icy's Diary the Pick for 19/03/2013. He really is developing well and if we can get past that dog attack in his head I would think he could graduate to SD.
Yesterday we walked to my son's primary school for the parent group that meets there for the last half hour of the day with the kids. We played with cross words and mazes. It was very good and my son was so happy to see me that I got big hugs and he even blew me a kiss at the end!
On the way there we passed a very loud street cleaning machine without problems, cars, bicycles and people. He was perfect in the school and just lay down and was a total gem during the class and meeting with the parents. A lot of parents were curious about Icy after seeing him at the last meeting. I answered a lot of questions and he got lots of slivers of cheese for being a very good boy.
After the bell went we waited till the halls were clear before leaving. We got out onto the pavement and it was mobbed with high schoolers. He was wonderful at keeping his concentration to help me up the hill with all those people around. I was weaker on the way home yesterday and if one of those kids had tapped my shoulder I would likely have fallen over.
We got to the top of the hill and someone took their dog out of their flat not far from us. It barked, Icy barked but the second I pulled his Dogmatic halter so he looked at me and walked into his vision he stopped. I was so surprised! I told him he was a very good boy and he got lots of pets.
Then we went to the crossing and went across. My back was hurting and I was breathing hard so I leaned against a lamp post while he waited very patiently for me. Then we went on to a bench I knew and I sat till I felt ready to continue. We were not far from the house. Out of the blue a lab walked within hands distance of Icy and I. He did his bad bark but didn't try and pull, just tell it off. I got his attention with his halter and his bark died down within seconds. I was very impressed with him!! We crossed a busy road and were home soon after.
I am so very pleased! He's learning! I didn't think it would take him long once he knew what I DIDN'T want him to do. So I'm expecting this training to go uphill from now on. A real breakthrough.
Thank you for reading!
Great job Icy on helping and learning to help your skin person. That is the greatest joy a dog can have.
Thanks Hoss! Its really fun to help her out. You should see me dance before we leave the house!!