Nice when a plan comes together

It was a simple idea, easy to buy, and a doddle to implement.
I’m talking about Maggie’s new jacket.

In the winter months whenever we took her for a walk in the dark, she wore a fluorescent vest. This has actually seen better days, so was due for replacement.
After walking into town this morning, we went into the pet shop and purchased a new jacket for the princely sum of……………. £2.99 (about four bucks).

We’ve modified it slightly and new training will commence, together with enhancement of our existing hand signals, so Maggie is in for a lot of praise when she responds.
She’s a tactile dog, loves fuss, and if today’s earlier behaviour is anything to go by, she’ll be just fine.

We haven’t let her off the extending lead on any of our walks today, and have been getting her attention by putting our hand in front of her face and encouraging her to look at us. We have then given her the signal to sit or wait, and she has remembered.
Toileting on the lead was something new for her though…….. wees were usually OK, but with the other she ‘likes to be alone’.
She went up on the bank and with the lead fully extended, I followed so as not to crowd her, even though I’d be clearing up afterwards.
No problem at all, everything normal apart from ME having to juggle lead, dog and poo bag to retrieve the perfect ‘broom handle’.

Our efforts have made it visible to other people that she’s deaf, so even if she isn’t fully yet, they will be aware that she can’t hear very well. With the extending lead and us on the other end, we can keep her safe, but she can still enjoy the aspect of ‘walking ahead’ and perform her sniffathons.

What did we do?

This, using a home-made stencil and a marker pen that cost about 20p.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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7 Responses to Nice when a plan comes together

  1. colinandray says:

    Yup ……… simple and it should work! Good job! 🙂

    • Thanks Colin. She’s used to wearing a vest anyway, so that was half the battle. I was so proud of her today on the High Street when she sat and waited at the lights, purely from hand signals once we’d got her attention. Hopefully things will go as well tomorrow and thereafter.

  2. That looks great!

    The dog I had growing up went mostly deaf in his old age. I’ve always used hand signals and words with Choppy because of it – and those hand signals have come in handy more than once (she learned them more quickly than the words, I think – Maggie will have no trouble picking them up, I’m sure).

    • She remembers a lot of them so we’re relieved.
      We’ve had lots of positive comments about her jacket from our new friends here as well as other people, so that side of it is working too. People read it and don’t make any sudden movements. It all helps!,

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