Thought I would give you all a quick Mr. B update -- Recap - one of the main reasons for attending this class was to ease Mr. B around other dogs - as I have said - he's pretty good - till another dog comes in - then the other dog starts barking at him - the all H breaks lose - After last week - I was very happy with how things were going - he was better with the other dogs - really a non event - His Obedience's is great !
But --- last night - we were early to the class - We sat down - his little friend Nobbie was there ( yellow lab ) - Then the coon dog came in - He was losing it barking - which he started it this time - then Winnie - then Jack then Kinder - HE was a hand full to say the least ! I came real close to loading him up and coming home ! I had had a long day here in the on farm office - all mental stuff and - yes I was a little tired - I guess - Then after everybody was there - he settled right down ! Was a prefect gentlemen ! It was our turn to show off our training ! Dang - he nailed it !! The training had a grin on her face and said boy - your a little rock star - lol This include the distraction part + 2 minute sit stay with distractions
I worked his tail off the past week with the distraction part - Pet Valu - Rural King - btw all on Sunday = lots of distractions +_ one day to the bank - elevator - post office .
Now - back to last night - The training had a talk with me - yes - in front of all the others : )))) I felt like I was at the principles office - lol But she said he was feeding off the other dogs energy as they came in hopping around - one running in - He was excited by them - I thought about it - yes - I think she was right - The other part was I was very frustrated with him - and yes I was ! I felt we were back to square one ! I will be honest here - I wasn't frustrated - I was P.O.ed !!
Looking back the things I did wrong last night - I was tired - when he got excited - I did not move him around enough - break his obsession with what the other dogs were doing - I was not a good leader or trainer - I should have made him sit - stay = more forceful with command and lead -
I forgot one thing here that might have had a big effect on Mr. B - He was full of energy ! It rained very hard all day = He was full of energy !
One other thing - as the class got under way - the other dogs were also very active - Now you all will think I'm crazy here - But we are at a full moon - Over the years - raising cattle - it seems that a full moon can do funny things to a animal - lol people too -
So I like to analyze good things - bad things -
1. I was tired
2. Dog was full of energy - Most times - I run him threw a quick in house class - my fault - I was putting out fires in the trucking side .
3, I was behind the dog - did not anticipate what was about to happen - I know how he is !
4. Do not get frustrated ! Keep calm Ken !!!
5. He did great in obedience ! The off site work paid big ! Others made comments on his distractions part - he was the only dog to pass !
6. Keep working with him !
7. RELAX !!! Have fun with work - this is not Westminster --- Yet
8. Thanks to all the great advise I receive from my friends here !
9. Everybody --- Have a great day !
10. - ... Ken