Dogs off-leash: A
Dogs on-leash: C-
Doggie daycare at Positive Approach was a winner. Not only did they give us a nice report card and invite him back, but we also watched on the webcams. Sagan was EXHAUSTED, but had a nice time, it seems like.
Puppy class on Wednesday was another story. Immediately reactive, not super appropriate off leash, and lunging aggressively at dogs several times. It seemed to ramp up quickly and besides that, the room is small, so really no where to get away. Need to decide for myself when I choose flight rather than fight with him in obedience class. Also deciding if I should take a break between puppy and intermediate obedience to work on the dog/leash related stuff. I know I can continue working on it in intermediate, but not sure I can keep him under threshold. I want to keep him in class, because I think it is good structured practice being around other dogs, and it is a great way to practice distractions with his obedience. Would still like to do rally obedience with him, at least.
Worked him at Petsmart and at Bradley Lake in Puyallup today. Did *awesome* at Bradley Lake. I'm beginning to learn that Sagan gets to threshold faster with fewer stimuli. At Bradley Lake, where it is busy, his attention is so divided that he doesn't have time to amp up on thing. It keeps me more on my toes (constant vigilance, constant vigilance), but seems easier to get multiple repetitions. Will work on busy environments and then ramp down.
Other good developments include a big improvement in loose leash walking. Oh yeah, and Sagan finally lost all of his baby teeth. We were able to find SIX of them!!!!
|SEE!!! Adult teefers!|
|Ball squish -playing with camera and shutter speed.|
|Hey baby, you come here often?|
|Gag in 3...2....1|
|Really nice one, my fav of the evening!|
|Does this dog need the Heimlich maneuver?|
Also realized something on my run today. Sagan and I are VERY similar. I am a border collie. Here are the similarities.
Intelligence? Very smart
Ability to herd fast moving objects? Yes, I teach.
Reactivity when "leashed": Very high. If I don't trust my trainer, I take matters into my own hands...and it is never pretty. If I really don't trust my trainer, I bite. Hard. (Thinking of a job I left almost 7 years ago).
Reactivity when unleashed: low and very quick to figure things out on my own
Friendliness with people: only close friends I trust
Friendliness with strangers: general unease
Obsess much? YES