We’ve been going to class for around a month now so time for an update I think. Spen has been improving slowly. Not so that anyone would really notice for the most part but I’ve seen the tiny steps in the right direction that keep me going back and working with him. His recall when I’m with people has been awful for a while. I think I’ve somehow taught him that he doesn’t need to pay attention to me when others are there so he just goes off and does his own thing. He doesn’t run off, he keeps an eye on me and won’t go too far, he just doesn’t tend to come to me when called so I have to go and get him.
Today he came when called. Not instantly, it wasn’t as easy as call him and have him turn and come sprinting back to me, I had to actually work to get his attention and then work to keep him coming to me once he did start to come back. But a huge improvement. He has decided that it’s now warm enough to go swimming at every opportunity but I don’t mind that, it’s not like he runs off to go swimming, the walk is along the river in places and he’s happy enough to have a splash around and come out.
He also ignored several other dogs today. Not class ones, he ignores them completely for the most part anyway, one was a staffie who came looking for treats, we carried on training while it pestered other owners, then there was a collie who came up and sniffed his bum, he looked round and went back to the important business of reading his pee mail. And then there was a Cav who we walked past on lead without a second glance. He’s been a lot better with that in general lately. I guess perhaps dogs aren’t such a novelty now so it’s much easier to just walk past them without greeting them. He’s usually still keen to meet and greet if the other dog approaches but it’s so nice to be able to pass without any real issues.
Things aren’t going so well with the head collar though. He’s no objection to it being put on, no objection to doing static work in it. And half the time no objection to walking in it. However, when he wants to sniff and is thwarted by it it’s a completely different matter. Tantrum isn’t even in it. And he is so adept at removing it very, very quickly that it’s becoming a major point of frustration for me which upsets him and makes him even more likely to object to it. We’re going to switch to a front attaching harness instead in the hopes that will give me the control I need at the moment without the objections from him.
And some recent pics of him. Coz how can I have a post about Spendog without photos?
I was sorting through some boxes and stopped for something to eat. Went back to the bedroom to carry on and this had happened. Apparently he must fit on the bed no matter how he has to curl up to do so.
Sock monkey. This was a present from his secret santa and we can’t go anywhere without it at the moment.
Out on walks.
And in my parents garden.