It has been a great day so far. Maya had a lot of fun with the garden hose this morning as we were watering the veg plots, watching in fascination, then getting sprinkled, barking at it and finally trying to bite the spray, as all dogs do. She ended up running through it having a great time. This of course meant any training before class was a non starter.
There were only three of us at class today, Micky the shih tzu, a rescue chocolate lab (first outing) and us. The lab is twitchy around other dogs, so it was interesting when our trainer told her owner and I to swap dogs. Maya walked lovely for her (the chicken treats in her pocket definitely helped) and I had no trouble with the lab, that was until the other dogs got too close to it and it lunged. I got it under control though.
The lesson continued with anticipating scenarios and how to prevent them, which was something that always worries me when we’re on our walks and there are dogs coming towards us we don’t know. My anxiety is then transmitted to Maya which doesn’t help.
I had a lot of one to one tuition again today, but the others were included in it so it was very positive. No run offs after class today, but we ended on a positive note in that I walked Maya a few paces, stopped, told her to sit, and she was facing the right way in the right place close to my leg.
When we got home, I walked her round the block to put into practice what we had been working on today and she was brilliant for me.
Photo 24th May
On the way home, I treated myself to a wok when I went in to get the onions we didn’t get yesterday. I had one before and loved it, but cooking on electric rings was never the same. Today’s meal was a throw together, literally, of left over potatoes from yesterday’s corned beef hash, a carrot sliced into batons, mushrooms, a chopped onion, a handful of peppers and the pack of cooked chicken I’d bought for Maya’s treats today and our dinner. I made up a sauce using cornflour, ginger, sugar, soy sauce and a stock cube, adding some sliced pineapple fingers that were reduced to 16p. I served it with rice and it was really tasty.