April 28th 2010 8:24 pm
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Being pretty much a newbie in the whole dog training endeavor, calm & confident are new emotions for me in regards to my dog's behavior in unpredictable situations. But that was exactly how I felt in 2 separate incidents with Pepper this week.
The 1st was during Pepper's interaction with Jack over the weekend. The two dogs wanted to play but had to remain on leash because we were in a parking lot. The leashes got tangled and I let go of Pepper's leash knowing she would come and "heel up" right away. And sure enough she did! It wasn't until later I thought about how beautifully she behaved and how I just expected it. I had no doubt in her!
Then yesterday, we were at a park (not a dog park) playing fetch. I noticed out of the corner of my eye a young mother with a very little girl, maybe 2 years old, coming our way. Again, I called Pepper to come "heel up" and she did so without hesitation. I leashed her up then asked her to "down." The young mother asked if she was friendly and I said, "She is friendly, I just wouldn't want her to knock down your little one." The two of them passed us by and Pepper did not break her down in the least. Though I do have to admit she was so into going back to her fetch I think she barely noticed them.
Of course training is ongoing. She can still act like a crazy girl on lead. Other than on Dogster I don't advertise that she is a CGC. We're one of those duos that people would think "What? THAT dog is a CGC?!" But as we approach her 2nd barkday she is starting to calm down and I can see and feel that the training makes a world of difference. I am so proud of my girl and me!
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Good girl Pepper!! Good Pepper's mom, too!
WOO-HOO fur duin' such a gud job, boff ob yu!!!
Good job Pepper!
Thanks, Hershey, Zaidie & Whitley. That's so kind of you to visit my diary and make such nice comments.