I've got small tidbits of thoughts today but no real post. And since it's been a while since my last post, I thought it way past time to post something. Hence, Friday This n That. Hopefully my half-baked brain will return to normal status next week and you'll get some actual full posts out of me.
Without a doubt, Hurley could own the dogshaming tumblr. Not only do I have loads of historical trouble but he continues to provide me with new material. And for the record, I do think the site is sometimes hysterical and most times harmless. Laughing at the antics of my dogs is something I do on a daily basis and it's vital to keeping my sanity.
But here's the issue: Hurley is incapable of feeling shame. Hurley Badger Don't Care. So I have yet to do the whole dog shaming thing because I find it disingenuous to post a picture of him looking guilty as that would be totally false to who he is. Dude couldn't even find it in him to be just a little bit ashamed when he busted out of a window screen (we weren't home and this bad mom forgot to check to make sure the window was closed) and ran next door to steal an ice cream cone from our 4 year old next door neighbor. I'm sure he made her cry. I'm sure he didn't care. Luckily, we have amazing neighbors who laughed it off and put him in the backyard until we got home. Now, this could go down as the best dog shaming yet. Unfortunately, Hurley Badger Don't Care and shame's not his game.
What are your thoughts on the dog shaming site? Hilarious? Harmless? A sign that our society is doomed?
Shop Dog Hurley
It's been about 3 weeks since Hurley started coming back to the store with me. Though we've had a few bad days, he is doing amazing! He's graduated from staying in a kennel in the storage room to being in a kennel at the back of the shop. I really thought he would struggle with being able to see dogs enter but not being able to greet them/warn them off (depending on his mood). But he proved my worries groundless and, other than a bit of whining, he has been amazing with just observing the dogs in the store, seeing them get treats and attention from me and having NO ISSUE with it. Of course, I liberally award treats and praise when another dog is in the store and I have also asked all customers to keep their dogs out of the aisle in front of his kennel so he has plenty of space. The first week back, I definitely pushed him too far too fast and we had a bad day as a result. So now I am taking extra, extra time with each step.
Maggie Reactivity Progress!
Maggie made a huge leap in her leash reactivity last week. I was walking her and Hurley, which tends to magnify any reactivity but she walked on the opposite side of the street as another dog without a reaction beyond raised hair. Woot! I was so so proud of her progress. A lot of it was due to keeping Hurley distracted with the following blog tidbit:
Watch Me Replaces Leave It as Sarah's Mostest Favorite Command
Though Leave It has long enjoyed mostest favorite command status due to its versatility and its ability to help me help my dogs control their reactivity, my new favorite is Watch Me. It's all due to Hurley. He is a Watch Me Pro. We are quickly turning Watch Me into his fail-safe command - that one which can get his attention no matter what. I see him getting excited about seeing another dog on a walk and about to bark? Watch Me! His head turns to me ninja fast. N-I-N-J-A fast. Seriouslys. He whips it around and he'll even run full speed towards me if he's not right by my side when I say it. This has helped us tremendously both at the store seeing other dogs and on walks with his sisters. He's so reliable about it that I can ask him for a Watch Me, tell the other dog to Leave It and we can walk by a dog-in-yard scenario with no one going craisins. I'm super proud of him and am doing everything I can to continue to reinforce the command. I wish I could take video of how quickly he whips his head around but it's most impressive when there are distractions around and that's exactly not the scenario where I'm going to waste any time whipping out a camera or phone.
Them's the half-baked tidbits floating around in my brain today. And your Married with Dawgs update for the week, jam-packed into one post. I hope everyone has a great weekend!