She is doing well with obedience commands while surrounded by dogs in giant kennels. The other dogs can move around as if they are not kenneled at all and that seems to make a dog like Bryn a little more anxious than if the dogs were just sitting or laying.
She is making fewer and fewer attempts to aggress toward other dogs or people while the leash is in my hand. She is still displaying fear-aggression toward strangers if kenneled. Not every time, though. She is inconsistent, as are many insecure dogs. Although, humans are even more inconsistent! Some people seem to hide their fear very well from the rest of us, but not from animals. Fear is seemingly the weakest 'energy' in the animal kingdom, but is powerful enough to override calm or common sense. Fear causes dogs to react instead of think or look to the handler for guidance.
She is waiting at doors/gates without trying to bolt through. I am using only light distractions at this time. I use the 'wait' command'. I use the 'stay' command instead when I want the dog to freeze and stay put until I return to the dog to release her with an 'okay' or maybe a 'heel' command.
She is still not trustworthy enough to be loose in my particular back yard, but is doing very well on leash.
For now, Bryn eats last out of 6 dogs. Just before her is Echo. CPC dog 'Jessie' goes first.
He is doing very well, considering the dog I saw at the evaluation lesson.
He is quiet, calm and seems to enjoy the peace and safety of his giant kennel.
He is following all obedience commands. I have to offer reminders here and there, but he seems to know them all.
I would like to get him used to wearing a muzzle for short periods.
I will hopefully be able to desensitize him to having collars placed over his head and/or removed. The goal is for the dog to just sit/stand there and allow the handler to place any collar over his head or around his neck.
For now, Echo eats his food second to last out of 6 dogs. CPC dog Jessie eats first and Bryn eats last....for now.
Not much to report at this time. More to come ASAP!
"ECHO" 4 yr Lab mix
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