Marley and Me

Today I’m going to take my little brother to go see Marley and Me. I’ve heard it’s cute and will make you cry. Just the trailers made me start t get teary–the adult Marley looks quite a bit like Arturo. I’ll probably be a mess during the whole movie. lol.

Since I’m running out of questions….

School with puppy tomorrow, hopefully meeting with CFR a week from today to talk about that particular puppy. Great day.

No news from my CFR regarding how to deal with Tex. I don’t take him till Friday (at earliest) so I guess Ican wait… UPDATE: I did get an e-mail from my CFR. She’s going to set up a time when Tex’ raisers, our leaders, and I can meet with her and figure out a solution that works for everyone. I’m so glad.

It snowed AGAIN!!! AAAAAHHHHH!!! I’m going to go crazy! …..I don’t particularly like snow.

Not Tough enough?

EDIT: I want to start this off by saying I completely admire my CFR. She really knows what she’s doing, and has a lot of good advice. So whatever my complaint, it’s not that anything is wrong with my CFR. I just don’t think I understand what to do.

Yesterday we had our all-club territory training day! It was great to meet Shelly and Loyola!! Loyola is definitely a sweetie, and very good!! I was handling Adam during the first session, and we didn’t really do any work, but our advisor used Vortex as the “this is the dog who needs lots of work, so we’ll demonstrate with him” dog. They had evals that morning, and our advisor had said that Vortex isn’t giving 100% because we’re praising him for just giving 80%. So apparently we need to be way tougher on him. I felt so bad for his raiser because it’s easy for raisers to judge someone’s dog handling skill when they’re in the middle of the room, and everyone is watching them mess up, and to think that you could do better than them.

During the 2nd session Vortex’ raisers went home and I had him for the rest of the session. Our advisor picked Vortex again and said that I was praising him for too little. For instance, when she came over and was really excitedly petting him, I praised him for sitting still, even though he was way more interested in her than me. This is the dog who, a month ago, would have been jumping all over anyone who came near him. So then someone else came and took him and walked him around the distractions on the floor, and corrected him really hard for everything. Like if the handler turned and Vortex didn’t go right with him, he corrected so hard. By the end of a few corrections Vortex’ ears were back and he was super super submissive. So any time our advisor came near him and got excited, Vortex would look up at the guy and be afraid he would get corrected again.

Maybe it’s just me, but I mentally have a hard time with correcting a dog into submission (a dog who is not at all dominant) so that he’ll pay attention to you. Does anyone else have a problem with that? And that was being held up as what “to do” with Tex. While I totally agree that we need to be tougher on him (we don’t expect enough because he used to be SO bad that now we’re just glad to get what we can) I don’t see exactly what our advisor considers as good enough to be praised. It’s not like I was giving him food when his eyes were fixed on her, I just told him “good boy” because he wasn’t jumping on her. So anyway that made me really frustrated. When I know what to do, I can do it and do it well. But right now, I don’t get what I’m supposed to expect from this dog who has a massive people distraction that he’s still working through. I couldn’t stay till the end to ask, so I e-mailed my advisor and asked her what I should require from him. Hopefully she’ll get back to me soon.

Does anyone have any advice? This dog, last quarter, was having food shoveled in his mouth for not jumping on people. Now, he’s on his training collar and being corrected for getting even a little excited. What more should I expect? Should I require that he doesn’t key in on people before I praise him? What do I do if he’s being good but not “good enough” to be praised? I’m not giving him food for anything but really good behavior around people, like when people are around but he focuses on me. But should I not even praise him unless he gives me 100%?

Argh I’m a little frustrated. As I’m sure you can tell 😀 I’ve been a bit harder on him today, and he’s improved a little bit already. I’m hoping to work on excitedness with one of his favorite people here, on campus, the way my advisor did at the training meeting. Maybe he’ll remember. lol.

Today Tex was having a “I don’t feel like having my picture taken” day, so I had to settle for mostly alert puppy pictures.

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I promise I didn't take this WHILE I was driving 🙂

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Here I am at school…

Here I am with my heavy book bag at school. Here I am with my heavy book bag and fluffy coat at school. Here I am with my heavy book bag, fluffy coat, and adorable puppy at school. Vortex is every bit as fantastic as he was last week. So far we’ve done all day on his flat collar. Big improvement from the little pesky puppy who alternated between his Halti and having food shoveled in his mouth on the training collar. Right now he’s snoozing under my chair. What a good boy. He’s funny about grates, though. He’s one of the “I-hop-over-grates” dogs, and we have all kinds of drains (since it rains so much) so he’s having a good ol time hopping over things. 😀