Today is Sunday 14th August

I was glad to be going back to dog classes today after a month’s absence due to Maya’s season.
Sadly, it was every bit as I’d feared and as if we had never attended one lesson, let alone weekly over four months. It was AWFUL and I could not hold her, nearly ending up flat on my face just moving in between other people and their dogs. I could have cried.
My ankle hurt as did my hands, and my back was screaming it didn’t want to go that way. I stopped doing the exercise and made her sit, hoping she would calm down.
She didn’t.
Photo: June class.
Our trainer is brilliant and came across to take over. I was so grateful. Maya pulled a little to start with, but he was having none of it, and within a couple of minutes, she was behaving herself and doing exactly what was expected of her. He put her through her paces and asked if I’d like him to keep her for a bit longer and I agreed. Towards the end of class, I took her back and we had some positive mingling with other dog owners and she wasn’t too bad. Letting her off the lead, she went off like a rocket, getting rid of all the pent up energy that everyone was saying was the likely cause of her misbehaviour.

We have decided to up the ante, and will now take her to classes twice a week, though it will just be me.Β  After such a lovely walk this morning (11 out of 10), it was such a disappointment today, but we need to get back on track if we are going to make any progress.
It is not her fault. She has been four weeks without professional guidance and hadn’t seen her friends for as long. We had some new dogs today which was a test in itself, and sadly she failed on the first attempt, but had got the idea again by the third.

Photos April 2022.

Keep safe everyone.

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! In November 2020, we lost our beloved 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. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. 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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8 Responses to Today is Sunday 14th August

  1. Nancy Richy says:

    Oh, Maya!!! She’s such a beautiful dog! We are animal lovers and have always had cats. Somehow our sons married women who are dog lovers! We knew very little about dogs but we did know this: pets are like kids; they seldom behave the way you want or expect them to in public. Thank goodness you trainer was there to take over, both for your sake and Maya’s. Sorry you were hurting. I walked my son’s St. Bernard once; never again! I would have been better off riding her! Hopefully your body and pride will be back to normal in no time! Pets … gotta love ’em!

    • It’s not her fault Nancy. She’s a puppy and excitable with wanting to check out everything everywhere immediately. She is also a BIG puppy, so we can’t let her get away with anything. Our trainer is brilliant, a GSD breeder who knows dogs, and not just this one breed, though his expertise is worth its weight in gold. We know we can expect these fluctuations and our walks are usually good, especially when we don’t see anyone else and there are no distractions! At night when we let her out for her final wee, she is more interested in chasing the moths than doing her business!
      My boss had friends who had a St Bernard that adored him. He visited one day and the dog launched himself in greeting, sending them both through the door which disintegrated into splinters.
      My boss was not exactly a small guy, weighing in at some 18 stone and the dog was an equal match, but both dog and boss were OK. The door? What door?
      And pets? Yeah, I love ’em all.

  2. willowdot21 says:

    As you say Di it’s not her fault and all that time off and pent up due to being in season must be so difficult! πŸ’• Take heart all will be well πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

    • We’ll be OK and just have to get back into the habit. Our walks this past month have been good in the majority, and Hubby has managed to let her off on the beach or walk her round the block off lead when there are no people, dogs, or other distractions around. I think it was all too much for her today and she needed the professional hand to bring her back into line. Two classes a week will be much better for us I think, and I need the guidance as much as she does.

  3. Nope, Not Pam says:

    Over excited. πŸ™„

  4. Carol anne says:

    sorry the class went badly. She’s still young, but there is time, she will learn and calm down I’m sure of it!

    • Hope so, but she is still a pup and everything is a game. We have more good days than bad though, so that’s the main thing. Yesterday’s extra class was very good.

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