July 4th 2011 8:59 am
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Not quite i don't think but lets just say i have a pup i can tolerate walking with. Well two to be precise, but we're talking about one of them today.
Ty has a best friend called Cassie, she's a GSD and some pups may have heard of me talking about her before. We've been walking with her on/off for over a year now. At first i would bark, bark and bark away at Cassie. She couldn't come too close or i'd try and bite her nosey! Mum & Cassie's mum ignored my protests of hate against Cassie and they continued to walk together saying "it would be good for me". Whatever!
However, little by little, my barking/lunging "i hate you" act started getting less and less. I started being able to walk on a full length flexi without being reeled back in. I'd walk along beside mum on a short lead without a murmour in Cassie's direction. I became more comfortable with her & Ty playing ( although i'm stillthe fun police! ) Before i knew it i started to understand Cassie was no threat. She ignored me and respected my space. The first time mum trusted me enough to let me off lead with Cassie was a real milestone! Both mum & Cassie's mum "just knew" i'd be ok. They had that feeling. And sure enough i walked along without batting at eyelid at Cassie. She was more interested in me now i was off lead but she still didn't invade my space. I did towards the end of that first walk off lead together bark at her sharply to leave me alone when she wanted to play but it was nothing serious.
Roll on to last Thursday and again i was walking off lead with Cassie. Not one bark this time, no growls, lunges or even pulling in her direction when on lead. Of course being the fun police means i do get a little stroppy when Ty & Cassie play together but nothing aggressive. We saw Cassie again on Friday. She was running towards us ( i was on lead as it was the end of our walk ) and do you know what i did? I wagged my tail and ran towards Cassie & her mum! I was on my full length flexi, i ran straight past Cassie and to her mum for some fuss BOL. I'm not quite that excited to see Cassie alone yet ;)
Mum is really proud of me though. 2 years ago mum never imagined i'd be walking with or tolerating other dogs and now i can do both with TWO dogs ( although i don't come off lead with the other pup ) Not only that, but i'm generally acting better when passing random dogs too. Loose dogs are still a bit iffy and i'm not keen on them, but leashed dogs i can pass pretty well :) Just goes to show how far i've come over the last few years.
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Ohhhhh Missy ...and Mum.........
This is sooooo good to read. We spend so long trying to make it "right" its just wonderful when it all finally works.
Be proud...you have EVERY reason to be !
Great job Missy! I still go real crazy at other dogs sometimes - especially if they're bigger than me.
Thanks Flicka. Mum has more trust in me now too. Last night we was walking off lead through an empty field when over the horizon a Lab appeared. Me & Ty heard his jingling collar and we both watched him. He appeared to be heading our way....then his owner called him. Phew. But i never ran for him! I saw him, but chose to ignore him :)
Whitley, i'm actually better with the big dogs BOL, especially males. The little ones, particularly terriers i'm afraid, still make me go crazy! :(
Hooray for Missy!!! You are doing very well!!! :)
Wonderful! Congratulations, Missy; you have come so far. Great job--mom and you should be proud! Hugs to you.
Great job Missy, we're so happy for you and your Mom!! Keep up the good work! :) I am sure the other naughty experience in the diary entry above this will not set you back. One dog setting you off might mean you dont like that dog but I think your progress will seriously out weigh that one or two bad experiences. Pat on the back for your Mom for being so proactive. :)
TONS of love, Mini & Kiki