|Barked: Sat Mar 30, '13 5:11pm PST |
|Haven't had as much time to post, but I did want to give a small update on Mulder and Ridley and their current state of affairs.
After eating my living room couch and destroying my desk chair (both of which occurred AFTER blowing off his recall and almost being killed in traffic), things finally came to a boiling point with Mulder. I tried tightening the reigns on him and going back to the old NILF lifestyle... which didn't really work for us, as I think Mulder was savvy to this plan and could give a crap less. Even getting a couple of agility days didn't seem to set things right, so I waited and pleaded and finally was able to get back on board with my PPD trainer, who fortunately was still training a new helper and needed dogs for him to catch. Got out there and talked to him about what was going on, and against ALL good reason and not personally wanting to go that rout unless I absolutely had to, he talked me into trying the e-collar. Got that icky gross feeling at the recommendation, and had to eat some crow on top of everything else as he pretty strictly follows Lou Castle's protocol (was actually trained by Lou himself... go figure ). I would probably still feel icky about things if it wasn't for the positive (kinda?) note that Mulder actually responds to just the vibration stem from the collar, and who's working stem level (when absolutely necessary) is a low 20 (out of 120 on a Dogtra).
I almost hate to admit it, but its worked for him. Took at lot... a LOT... of frustration out of the mix, and I think that's helped us both for now. I don't plan on using it long term, once things have gone back to 100% level I will just go back to maintaining as I was before things fell a apart. But for now, its nice to have my old Mulder back... not the spit-head on a rampage beating me down like twigs in a hurricane.
Ridley, too, is doing fantastic. We have stayed nearly all positive for him, and he has overcome so MANY of his former problems, I am happy to see him finally coming into his own. I had to go out of town last week and decided to board him with my old agility trainer, who keeps the dogs in communal play groups, and by all accounts... Ridley is actually PLAYING with and ENJOYING other dogs now. We've also been slowly working him up to interactions with children, and while he still remains weary in some situations, is actually accepting and seemingly appreciative of (polite) attention from them, which is HUGE for him.
He is also doing fabulous with tracking... his instructor is sure he will get his TD by fall, which is fantastic for my little man
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