Week 6 is coming to a close and we did good today. First at home my parents were over. I had her tethered to me so she couldn’t do anything wrong. Then we went out in the backyard to show off some agility. A neighbor on the other side of the fence was out so there was some reactive barking but I was able to get her back on track with some running contacts training. Then we went to the park for a walk along the trail. There weren’t that many dogs but there were a lot of bikes. She did really well with the bikes. She’s had a history of being afraid of bikes and cowarding. But yesterday was good and she walked with all the bikes. My dad was funny because when he saw a dog 100 feet away, he would say “dog alert” as if my dogs were going to go crazy with a dog at 100 feet away.
We walked by those dogs without any problems. One little doxie was staring at her from about 10 feet away and she didn’t like that. But we just turned around, regathered, and then walked by the dog without any reactivity at all. I was very happy how she handled it.
In the evening we went over to my cousin’s house. I kept Gypsy on a leash or in her crate. She was so good. I found it kind of interesting that when my neighbors drop things upstairs she reacts, but when something falls on the floor in the kitchen at their house, she doesn’t respond at all. She was so good.
Well, week 6 is closed. Have we made progress? Yes, definitely!! Do I really see improvement at home — jury’s still out.
Today I am thankful for a home cooked meal with family.