|Barked: Wed Jun 19, '13 2:11pm PST |
|So first it was people, then it was big dogs, then all dogs, then cars coming up behind her....and I'm sure I'm missing things...
Nearly every single day we go out and practice disc for at least 15 minutes.
We've been working a few times per week since probably March or earlier.
And Rigby especially has done quite well at disc and loves playing. Or maybe lovED would be the appropriate word.
Today since it was fairly windy, I tried to work in a few rollers with our throws, all was fine at first.
About 25 minutes into our game today Rigby snapped. Suddenly the thought of the disc terrified her, especially if I was holding it.
She attempted to bolt, but luckily her recall prevailed. As I got to her level she climbed as close as she possibly could to me, and got into my lap. My arms are now covered in scratches (why did I decide to cut her nails today??) from her climbing on me.
Panting wildly and shivering.
At this point, I leashed them up and returned inside. Grabbed a handful of treats and placed the disc on the ground. She was still acting skittish but she would approach me, touch the disc with her paw and accept the treat. Once she was doing this with confidence, I ended the game so as to not totally overwhelm her.
She seems slightly calmer now. No longer panting, but still sort of "off"
The best I can come up with is that it took her a few minutes to realize my motion of throwing the rollers?
I'm just wondering if anyone has any suggestions or insight on the issue?
I am pretty sure I know how to turn her back onto disc with patience and time. (I hope, as disc is a major exercise portion)
But keeping her in a stable state of mind, or working out these fear issues is something that I have not had the experience with in any other dogs I've owned.
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