Saturday, June 20, 2009

Training Day 6 - In Brief

A bit of a set back last night. We were out for a quick evening squirt and ran into our next door neighbor dog coming back from her walk. Dex was very excited and immediately forgot his manners. I was able to get him to do a few sits, but as soon as he looked at her he was all crazy again. After we parted, Dex was apparently following her scent because his nose went to the ground and he was totally ignoring me. Normally I would have just gone back home, but I really needed him to empty!

To make matters worse, we also ran into a neighbor in her driveway who is one of his biggest fans and even though Dex did a good sit for her approach, once she started patting him he got all amped up and at the end we barely made it home with any dignity.

To top things off, this morning we had another incident. I didn't do walkies, but did play with the boys in the yard a bit before it was time for agility. My car was parked across the street with my bait bag inside, but I figured that since we had walked down the driveway so well all week, that we could do at least that without a problem. WRONG


All gah, gah, gah choking on the end of his leash almost pulling me over. Sure I could have done my stops, starts, u-turns, but I also needed to get him into the car and to school so we wouldn't be late. At least once he spotted the car he headed for it and jumped right in.

At school, he did as well as usual. For about half the time while we waited our turn he was calm and the other half he was crying and straining and wanting action. Of course he did his usual bonus runs over the A-frame too. Sigh.

This is the moment when resolve will fail. "All that hard work and for what?" Not this time. Next time we go out, back to training as if nothing happened. He will figure it out.

OK, now I am shutting off the computer for the rest of the day (sorry Mango).

Mango Momma


Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Well, I've been known to be Khrazy Khyra too!

Sorry PeeWee is trying your patience...maybe woo need to let Mango send him 'round the world like Kylie's Pink Baby!


Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

How many more days in training, Dexter?
Did your crying help?
By the way, package has been sent this AM, priority mail, you deserve the best, man.
We fired Mango ( when you open the package, you'll know why he was fired!), our Mango, not yours, that's why the package is finally on the way to you.
Mango is one lazy pup, just blah blah to get attention and do nothing!
Love ya lots

Lucia said...

Ciao MM!

I know just how you feel. It can get so discouraging when it seems like training is going backward instead of forward. (Gee, we NEVER have days like that....!) I always have to remind myself that this is a process of consistency and constant reinforcement, but sometimes ... arrgh!! (Hello, glass of chardonnay and big hunk of chocolate!)

I thought your video of the walk with Dex the other day was terrific, BTW. He really seemed to be in sync with you. Hang in there and keep us posted...

Lucia's ragazza

Owner of Storm and Jackal said...

Don't get discouraged. Every dog forgets his brain every once in a while.

Ike said...

Hi, Ike's mom here: Even though the eye looks like sh*t, it is still just a superficial ulceration. If this doesn't take, a surgery would very likely be successful and less invasive and painful than removing the eye. That surgery is usually reserved for a perforated ulcer, KCS with severe scarring or ocular tumor. It's supposed to be a really painful recovery too. Hopefully, it won't get to that point. Eye stuff just sucks because it's so unpredictable - especially in older dogs. Thanks for caring about my sweet Ikey!

Asta said...

Mango Mama
Don't let it get you down, and don't give awe doing vewy well, and it WILL wowk..sometimes it just takes so much longew that we want
have a gweat weekend
smoochie kisses
ASTA and Mommi

chicamom85 said...

Keep up the good work Mango and Dexter. It is hard sometimes. I forget things all the time and go back to my sassy ways.

licks and sniffs, Sasha

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh hang in there!! We all have days like that in the beginning - hell, with Honey, we had WEEKS like that!

But the only difference between good trainers and bad trainers is that good trainers don't give up.

Seriously. It's nothing about technique or ability or exeperience (well, OK, maybe a bit) - but it really is about who is more stubborn: you or your dog! :-)

It's what you said about going back out there the next day to continue training as if nothing had happened - just move on and keep working at it - THAT is the mark of a good trainer. Also, it's a confidence thing, I think - like they tell you about getting right back on the horse after you fall off! :-)

Persistence and consistency WILL pay off in the end...and in the meantime, don't beat yourself up too much! :-) It is always 2 steps forward, 1 step back...but you ARE still moving forward a little bit or at least not continuously moving backwards, which is what counts!

It won't happy overnight - or even overweek - but it will happen!

Hsin-Yi (& Honey the Great Dane)

GoldenSamantha said...

My obed. teacher always says to my flustered mom: "So often it's two steps forward and one step back." Mom often thinks that it's the other way around. The training stuff is really hard - especially with doggies that get so excitables. (like Goldens or you too PeeWee...) - that's what the teach says, anyway.
Hugs and Sympathies for Mango Mom xo

Maggie and Mitch said...

Don't give up! We all have our nutty days and today was Dexter's!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Noah the Airedale said...

Crikey, we think you're doing brilliantly....You should see my sissies when they go out on a walk. D and I walk off in embarrassment over some of the things they do!! We wish you lived closer to us. Then you'd feel like you were doing a top job haha...sigh.

Noah xx
ps. D says keep up the good work. Dexter will get there, you'l see.

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

PeeWee sounds something like another smaller pooch I know well. Not mentioning any names. Other dogs always get both of us sooooo excited. Someone (once again, no names) is a jumper...doesn't matter if the knee goes up or the back is turned...he jumps and acts like a little idiot. ahh well. Hang in there!

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Happy Father's Day to Mango and Dexter's great dad.
Love ya lots

Rufus, Indie (and Anita) said...

There are no boring times with Labs! It's scientifically proved!!!
Rufus and Indie

Woodrow, Sweetie, MJ Campanella said...

sorry you had a setback - but tell dex we have faith in him and to keep working hard

woodrow sweetie mj