January 30th 2013 5:07 pm
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Some one did express interest in little Angie, but I don't know what happened because she/he never set up an appointment to meet her. Sad, really, because that person missed out on a great little dog.
What is new for Angie in the past month is that she has "sit" down pat. She sits to get out of her crate, sits to go through the doorway, sits for her dinner, sits for anything I can use as a reward, really.
On walks, I ask for sit when we are confronted by one of the aggressively barking neighbor dogs secured in various ways in their yards. We are still working on that, but it is paying off. She reacts to them but it is much easier to get her to calm back down and walk, rather than barking and lunging back at them. She briefly started trying to chase cars, but getting her attention and asking for a sit before they are close enough to really get her excited has paid off, as this week she has simply watched the cars go by and then turned to me for her treat.
Sunday we hiked with two friends of mine who Angie had never met before. Although she initially barked at them in the parking lot (they were dressed for the snow and hats and gloves are still weird to her), just a few yards onto the trail, she settled right down and was fine, even off-leash. When CH started playing on the frozen pond, running down the hill and sliding across the pond, she got excited but let me refocus her attention pretty readily. After playing a bit with Claire and Yuki, she got excited by CH again and at my quiet "Angie" came over and sat without any further instruction or coercion.
So that's what is new with Angie. More progress towards being a well-trained and well-rounded dog, which I hope will make her that much more appealing to some one.
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