|Barked: Sun Dec 2, '12 3:00pm PST |
|Mateo- I totally understand what you're saying, and that is great advise!
I will not be putting her in any vest that has anything saying "Service dog in training" Or "Service Dog" any time soon, I don't plan on it until I A. Get her CGC which we're signing up for classes right now and B. Have done a lot of training in the pet stores so I know she is behaving well. I will only put her in a vest that says she is training, and not to pet her, but I will mention nothing of it being service dog training. If someone asks, I'll just say I'm working on her distraction training or something along those lines.
I know I did say she was reactive, though again I'm still not exactly sure what a reactive dog really is. When I saw the dogs in the pet store a few days ago, they all acted like how she used to or worse. So if she was reactive, all those dogs were also. (If you get what I mean?) So I'm not thinking that she was really reactive, just overly hyper and not yet trained well enough because she has none of the issues she used to. And I know it's not that easy to train a reactive dog to not be reactive, so again, I'm not thinking that she really was reactive just not well enough trained yet and such. (I'm trying to explain this but it's not working out right, I hope you understand what I'm trying to get at)
The only public places I am really taking her to train right now are to petstores, and soon to her training classes. Other than that she only goes with me to a few places that I have to go (Such as therapy) Where I made sure to call ahead of time and stress that she is not a service dog, is not trained, but she is my ESA. She never goes in any kind of vest, and I never claim that she is either a service dog or a service dog in training (Not that anyone ever asks) And she has never misbehaved in any of those places. (She goes just about every week, and will be going twice a week soon) If I feel she is having a bad day, or something along those lines, and I feel she might not do as well as normal, I either take my cat or guinea pig. (Which I also got approved) or I just don't go.
I would love to work with a trainer, and if there was one around me, I would jump at the chance, however there are not many trainers around me at all. Let alone good trainers that would work to help me. Honestly the best trainers around here are at pet smart, which is why I talked to one of the trainers there and I'm going to be taking the Inter. class there to see if Bella knows all that stuff (It's free so why not) and if she does, the trainer will take her out of that class an move her to Advanced. If she finishes that, she says she'd be more than willing to let me take the CGC test.
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