Admitting….

Okay, I’m slowly admitting to myself that we are going to keep Tatum the Tater Tot Terror. I took her, Wednesday evening, to an informal training some of the girls have in a local park. I want her to get used to different situations. She will, in time. It will take time. I want her to know that everything is safe, and I don’t want to push her too hard. But I want to push her a little bit. So finding the balance is key.

And she recovers really well after our excursions outside. Wednesday she was cautious for about 45 mins. She let people pet her fine, though she doesn’t really respond to people (the only thing that is not ideal about her). She responds to dogs better. But that’s okay, we will build our relationship as slowly as she likes. She loves dogs, and after 45 minutes she was letting go… and then started playing with Daniel, a cattledog friend of our. So I put her on the 30 foot long line and let her go and romp and do her bunny rabbit dance.

So she really settled in, which was great. I guess the professional trainers would not let her have much dog contact, they would recommend I leash her to me and spend lots of time bonding with me. But I couldn’t do that. I’ll let it come in it’s own time.

This evening I get a break, everyone is chewing bully sticks and they are being nicely quiet. I’m watching my Friday evening TV shows… Gonna go watch Flash Gordon.

11 thoughts on “Admitting….”

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  2. YAY for Tatum! How wonderful that she has found a home where she is so loved. I agree with your methodology. I don’t buy into the school of training that says, keep your dog leashed and crated all the time so their only source of stimulation and fun is you. I think thats cruel and un natural. I think a happy, balanced dog is more likely to want to work for you than a neurotic, unblalanced, deprived dog. I’m reading a book right now called “control Unleashed” and its great. It says in cases like this, you can use what the dog wants (contact with other dogs) as a reinforcer for attention to you. I wish I knew enough to go into detail, but I highly recommend the book!

  3. YAY for Tatum! How wonderful that she has found a home where she is so loved. I agree with your methodology. I don't buy into the school of training that says, keep your dog leashed and crated all the time so their only source of stimulation and fun is you. I think thats cruel and un natural. I think a happy, balanced dog is more likely to want to work for you than a neurotic, unblalanced, deprived dog. I'm reading a book right now called "control Unleashed" and its great. It says in cases like this, you can use what the dog wants (contact with other dogs) as a reinforcer for attention to you. I wish I knew enough to go into detail, but I highly recommend the book!

  4. these little challenging devils, i tell ya. it’s been nine months since coby came into our lives, and even though he still has his issues he does fit well with our family. yay for the tater terror lol

  5. these little challenging devils, i tell ya. it's been nine months since coby came into our lives, and even though he still has his issues he does fit well with our family. yay for the tater terror lol

  6. Hi Rachael! Oh you are about the 4th person who has recommended Control Unleashed, I am going to have to go read it. Someone around here told me that it’s exactly what my instructor teaches… I so love her.

    I, too, want a happy curious dog. Our bond will come, in time. First she has to learn to trust me. That’ll take lots of treats and fun games, which we are working on. And time.

  7. Hi Rachael! Oh you are about the 4th person who has recommended Control Unleashed, I am going to have to go read it. Someone around here told me that it's exactly what my instructor teaches… I so love her. I, too, want a happy curious dog. Our bond will come, in time. First she has to learn to trust me. That'll take lots of treats and fun games, which we are working on. And time.

  8. Very cool that Coby came to live with you! Somtimes issues never go away, but most of the time they lessen so that we don’t notice them much anymore. 🙂

  9. Very cool that Coby came to live with you! Somtimes issues never go away, but most of the time they lessen so that we don't notice them much anymore. 🙂

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