September 14th 2009 11:09 pm
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Ribby and Freya were evaluated today at Petsmart Doggie Daycamp. I guess I never noticed before how small of a space the Daycare has. With all the dogs in there, there's really not a whole lot of room for maneuvering. It's maybe 30' by 40' ? There is a barrier separating the room into two sections. One section (the one most easily viewable) held a couple dozen dogs. The other area had only a solitary geriatric Lab lounging in the corner. While I filled out paperwork, the evaluator checked out the dog's teeth, feet, ears, etc. Ribb of course will allow all of this, while Freya tried to hide behind me.
They took Ribby in first. They removed her collar and leash and put her in. She basically just started looking for me. They let dogs in one by one. She hackled at the first dog, but just let him sniff her and then they added more and more. She had one jealous moment when the evaluator leaned down to pet and praise Ribb and another dog approached. She showed the approaching dog all her broken teeth and the evaluator grabbed her scruff and told her no. Usually a physical correction intensifies her reaction, but this time she backed off. When they added the Schipperke I thought she might slap him (she does that to little dogs sometimes) but she only showed mild interest. Really, she was pretty good. When they let her into the front area she did paw the glass in front of me. But she walked away when the Techs called her.
During this whole 20 minute period, Freya was whining and trying to figure out where Ribb went. When the evaluator came to take her, she didn't want to go at first. When they put her in, she almost immediately started trying to get back out. This was the last thing I expected. Normally Ribb is the escaper and the one who ignores other dogs. Freya ignored almost every incoming dog...only the ones that blatantly got in her face would she acknowledge. They let Ribb in 4th or 5th, which Ribb was just tickled about, she ran up to Freya and smacked her, then danced around and yodeled a little. Ribb at this point was basically having the time of her life... Freya's world was still crashing down around her though. She continued to try to get out the door, ignoring all the other dogs except the Rough Collie that was barking excitedly, and she only momentarily acknowledged him.
When they put them back in the holding area, the chaos started. Putting leashes and collars on my dogs can be a nightmare when they are amped. And they were amped. Freya actually jumped on the evaluator....and I cut her nails last night. But the poor evaluator did manage to get the collars and leashes on and bring the spazzy pair back out to me.
I walked them around the store and then to the neighboring park. It still amazes me how different Ribb and Freya are. While Ribb sometimes will pull on the leash, she is just not bothered by much of anything, usually. Freya is so sensitive. A puppy barking at her is enough to send her into a whining fit and a couple loud barks for good measure. At the park we saw a couple of other dogs, which Ribb completely ignored. Freya huffed and flagged her tail and thought about barking but then decided it wasn't neccessary. Then we got in the car and headed home.
August 6th 2008 10:21 am
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Crimson Ribbon has pased her temperament test! She was the first one of the day to be tested and she passed with flying colors. I was expecting some trouble with the gunshot (would she freak out and not recover?), and I wasn't sure what she would do when the aggressive stranger came (I was pretty sure she would shrink down and hide behind me), but I figured we would find out.
1.Approaching the neutral stranger went as expected. I gave her no commands, so she was walking ahead of me, put herself between me and the stranger, sniffed the stranger's feet but did not bark, jump, growl, wag her tail, or anything else. Typical Ribb.
2.The friendly stranger went exactly as expected-- Ribb loves attention! She wagged her whole body, leaned against the stranger's legs and smiled, eating up the attention.
3. The hidden noise test didn't phase Ribb at all. A guy hid behind a blind, shook a metal bucket full of rocks and then moved it to the outside of the blind where Ribb could see it. She approached confidently and shoved her head into the bucket to sniff. No problem!
4.The dreaded gunshot test! We approached the blind where the person with the gun was and stood about 10 feet from it with our backs to the blind. At the first shot, Ribb's ears went back and she hit the end of the leash running. When she turned around and saw me still standing in the same spot, she walked back over to me and watched my face as the second two shots were fired. She was a little shaken, but she didn't panic!
5. The umbrella test. We walked up to a seated person with the unbrella and she opened the umbrela so close to us it hit Ribb right in the face. However, after the gunshot, an umbrella opening was not very impressive to Ribb and she walked right past without even investigating. The tester asked me to bring her back and encourage her to notice it by speaking to the umbrella (not to Ribbon, of course) so I did, and she did give it a little sniff just to be polite, but she obviously didn't care much about it one way or another.
6. The plastic footing ddn't bother Ribb at all. It was just a big sheet of thick plastic stretched out on the grass. We walked over it, no big deal.
7. The wire footing did catch her a little off guard. I don't think she saw the ex-pen wires through the grass, so she was a little surprised to feel the wires under her feet. She walked a couple steps on it and then tried to go into the grass instead. The tester asked me to come back and do it again with a shorter leash so she had to walk on the wires, so we did, and she did. It didn't bother her much.
8-10. The wierd stranger tests!!! The wierd stranger kind of lumped all of his behaviour into one situation. He came out from behind the blind with a riding crop, slapping the side of the blind with it as he came into sight. At this, Ribb put her ears back, and walked around me to the side furthest from him and watched as he stumbled away from us, then back toward us, waving the crop. Then she just stood there, ears forward, watching as he ran toward us, yelling, waving the crop in a threatening manner. No reaction from Ribb. She didn't try to hide, but she didn't threaten him back. Then we went over to the side of a barn and I praised her. A couple of people came up to comment on how well she did. One person said "the difference in her attitude from the neutral stranger to the friendly stranger was pretty remarkable." Then the judge came over, told me she passed, and these were his comments:
"Your dog reacted just as we would expect a seven year old German Shepherd to act, no really big reactions either negative or positive. German Shepherds are typically aloof, and your dog is not aloof, she is very friendly, but I'm sure you already knew that. She did not react to the threatening stranger because he did not get close enough for her to feel a need to react. She seems to be a well balanced dog with a confident temperament."
So now my beautiful Crimson Ribbon has a certificate framed in the living room!
September 15th 2007 8:22 pm
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Ribby earned her CGC today! Her first attempt was over a year ago and she failed because her leash was not completely loose. This time she was still a little distracted, but she did well and she didn't even get a bath the night before to make her extra shiney. She is such a good girl in so many ways. I love that anyone can approach her and pet her, look in her ears, pick up her feet, you name it. She'll let you pick her up if you feel the need!In fact I want to go pick her up right now!