Today was fun. I wanted to go somewhere because the sun was out and it was going to be warm. I had been wanting to go up to the snopark for a few weeks before the snow melts and my pass expires. So today we started out at the snopark. There weren’t many people there. Gypsy was very good and had fun in the snow. She loves snow and had a good time, and seemed very relaxed. She caught a few snowballs too.
After the snopark, we went to one of my favorite parks with a really nice lake. There were a lot of people there and a lot of dogs. Gypsy was so good. She didn’t bark or lunge or do anything inappropriate at all. A few times a dog looked at her and she looked back at me and she got cookies! I was very proud. We sat in the grass for a while and she was very relaxed. I didn’t see any signs of stress at all. She was rolling around, laying comfortably, ears were nice, no scanning the environment, etc. She was nice and calm. I gave her lots of rewards.
When we got home, she noticed one of the windows upstairs open. That got her barking for whatever crazy reason. I started to think about how to stop her barking with something else. I am hoping this doesn’t create a bad behavior chain, but when she barks, I do a loud SHHHH!! she looks at me and I give her a treat for being quiet. I hope she doesn’t bark just for the SHHH! So far though it’s stopping her in mid-bark in the house and drawing her attention back to me when I give her a cookie for being quiet. I’ll see how it goes.
Today I am thankful for a beautiful day and fun with my dogs in the park.