Well, the rain stopped nicely in time for class at 9.30 this morning and we arrived in plenty of time. There was no-one else about so I went into the enclosure and let Maya off for a romp. She was all over the place, so happy to be free, but she came when called and we had a little game of chase. Yes, I was running (ish………. not a pretty sight in my yellow coat like some demented banana).
and it had a go at Maya. It did the same today and it appears it was attacked by a GSD as a pup. I didn’t know that.
Maya yelped, and backed behind me, but she didn’t retaliate. It was good in a way as she has to learn that not every dog likes her being in their face all the time. I remember that Kela reprimanded her once but they were soon friends again.Photo March 26th. Maya’s almost as big as Kela now.
The other was a black lab and a bit wary of other dogs. However, he and Maya were introduced and it was all very positive and polite. In fact, as his owner and I were chatting, the little girl with the springapoo (also set on by a GSD when a small pup and so nervous of big dogs) was confident to bring her dog up to meet Maya and she was very good with him too. It seems Maya was therapy for three out of the four dogs there today!
We had to mingle and weave amongst each other, and Maya soon got into the swing of things and was content to trot alongside me. The cockapoo was pulling on the lead so she had some one on one with our trainer. It was a very good lesson, back to basics, and exactly what we needed. Hubby stayed in the car, so Maya had to concentrate on me and it seemed to work very well.
By the end of the lesson, all of the dogs were sociable with each other and I know we are right to now go twice a week, even if it’s only for a few months. The socialising will be good for Maya and the leadwork good for me, plus it’s different dogs in each group.
I’ve walked her this evening to deliver a letter to someone in the next road as it was left here by mistake. It was a decent walk and deserving of a good 8½ as she pulled a bit after seeing a couple of rabbits, but I do feel we are getting there.
Photos: Left March 12th, right July 22nd. Same dog, honest.