Sometimes I wish that I worked in a department that would allow me to work from home 1-2 days a week. I still get any work done that needs to be done, supervised or not. But it would be nice to be able to spend some more time at home with Baxter. I could work on simple training exercises while waiting for something to be completed, etc. Sadly, my manager is under the impression that people don't work well from home. Ever. No matter who they are.
Really, I just wish I had more time to spend with Baxter to work on his training. I don't know when it happened, but he's lost a lot of confidence. He's not crazy, or aggressive (though he still freaks out if other dogs get too close)..just anxious. I could NOT get his attention on our walk the other day. Didn't happen. I stopped for 5 minutes simply trying to get him to look at me, but he was allll over the place due to the noise, cars passing, etc. At least now I know where to start with him. I'm sure part of it is that he's not 100% back to himself, so he's still feeling a little bit "off," but a big chunk? I got lazy with training and building his confidence.
I guess this afternoon I'll head out with him armed with treats and go back to the places where he was anxious and just work on focus and attention, and make it a positive experience.
....and avoid the house where the woman likes to take her HUGE dog out to play fetch in the front yard with a lead on...but not holding it. Baxter would flip, and I don't know this dog. Or the person. But the fact that they had their dog with a dropped lead in the front yard on a busy street where everyone speeds doesn't exactly scream "responsible" to me.
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