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12-06-2015 10:31 AM
glowingtoadfly GRIM ROCKED HIS FIRST SHIFT AT WORK AT THE ANIMAL HOSPITAL WITH ME! From needing to be sedated at the vet to being shy, but charming to my coworker. He did so well!
06-29-2015 05:58 AM
06-28-2015 11:24 PM
glowingtoadfly Just wanted to update as Grim had a huge breakthrough today. The neighbor who he bit is a really nice guy and I ended up making friends with him. He really wants Grim to be his buddy. At first, he came on too strong and Grim reacted by barking and crouching ( he was muzzled). Then we went for a walk with lots of hotdogs, and I instructed him to ignore Grim. Grim eventually got comfortable enough to sniff his leg. At the end of the walk he extended a hand to Grim, crouched down, and looked into his eyes while softly calling his name. Grim, instead of reacting aggressively, sniffed his hand! Grim made friends with the guy he bit and I could not be prouder!
04-20-2015 11:06 AM
glowingtoadfly He is muzzled for the Growl Club, so that wouldn't work. I meant for just regular walks and socialization in the grocery store parking lot
04-20-2015 04:45 AM
Ellimaybel I don't know, but wouldn't the ball on a rope also be distracting for the other dogs? It seems like it could be and then with the other dog/s eyeing his toy his anxiety could go up? Also might be more difficult for other handlers to keep their dogs calm if they want the ball?
04-20-2015 12:09 AM
glowingtoadfly Grim had a rough time at the Growl Club today, but we haven't been in a few weeks because of a trip to the cabin and a week off due to the dog flu. He is out of practice, and he struggled today with four other dogs there although he did beautifully yesterday with just one other dog on the walk. His toy drive is increasing from the near- daily flirt pole sessions we have been doing and I taught him rudimentary fetch tonight. He is working on "drop" right now and he actually dropped it near me a few times. I have been working on having him let go of the ball tied to the flirt pole when I grab it and say drop, but tonight he actually fully dropped the ball when we were fetching a few times! We did some obedience for the ball and he was leaping to get it, very excited to perform commands for it, and then he kept dropping the ball in his water dish to splash around with it. We had a lot of fun. He was very disappointed when it was time to put the ball away. I'm thinking of transitioning to a ball on a rope reward on walks, but due to his anxiety, his play is more inhibited on walks and he has a harder time focusing on the toy outside. He does well with food but I think it could help his confidence to loosen up and play tug on walks. Suggestions welcome...
04-06-2015 09:23 PM
Grim circle tracking
01-25-2015 12:38 AM
glowingtoadfly We have decided to go with a positive reinforcement trainer for Grim and keep our old trainer for Skadi. He was able to take treats from his trainer's hand today and be off leash with her!
12-28-2014 11:53 PM
glowingtoadfly The biting by Miss Skadi has been completely resolved since we hired a trainer. Hooray!
12-28-2014 05:36 PM
glowingtoadfly Well, some of the photos are of focus work. Some are of him obsessing over the animal that lives in our porch.
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