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I am the Dog Trainer Girl. A wife to a wonderful husband, momma to 2 boys, one that is a mini-me and makes me call my dad and appologize on a regular basis. I am owned by a Corgi named Yadi. I'm a Baseball girl, who likes bats, ball and bases on my diamonds. Go Cardinals!!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The Kona Diaries - Secondary Fear Stage and Vet Visits

This morning I had a plan.  I was going to take Kona to Hollywood Feed for some social interactions.  Since spending all this time at home with the COVID-19 Shutdown, she has regressed a lot on her social skills.  My intention was to do some filming of her while we were out, however that was quickly abandoned.  At first, she did pretty well, she walked with me and would every now and then forge ahead of me but would come back to heel when I asked.  Not once did she try to take anything off the shelves though.  I was very proud. 
As we made a loop around to the front counter she caught sight of this sign spinning in the air and she just lost it.  She never once barked at it but she crouched down and her legs were shaking. 
We have definitely had a setback. 

After a nap to try and get some relief from a migraine that had started making me feel sick, I went out with the pups and found a huge blood smear on my patio at first I thought Kona had finally come into heat then I walked inside and saw more blood, and a trail of blood that finally led into my kitchen and looked as if some animal had been massacred. 

I found a picture frame that had been knocked over and some broken glass and realized what happened.  Yadi's feet were still white so I got Kona to stand still so I could look at hers and sure enough, she had sliced open her foot.  I called my vet and they said to bring her in. 

When we got there she was scared until she saw her Auntie Pam and got snuggles from her.  Then we
went back to the exam room and at first, she didn't' want to get up on the table when it had been lowered to the floor, but I just dropped a few treats on the table and she slowly stepped up there and got on the table.   She weighted 54.1LBS  As Dr. B raised the table she was very calm and her normal self. 
She let Dr B and Megan examine her foot and clean the wound, while she just stood still and watched them.  They took her to the treatment room to be able to put some staples in her foot, I was worried how she would react but Megan said that she was excellent.  I was so proud of her. 

We played some leave it games while waiting for Dr B to come back and mainly I was rewarding her for not barking at everything she was hearing behind the closed door. 



Once we were back in the car I realized that she is such a good girl and just has a few quirks we need to work out.  We will get there, it will just take us a little time.  I'm following her lead though and letting her tell me when she is ready to move on to the next task.  Right now we have to get this foot healed up. 

Monday, July 6, 2020

The Kona Diaries - Separation Anxiety

I think the biggest thing I have noticed since being at home during this COVID Shutdown is how wonderful my dogs are, but also how far we still have to go.  I've always been big on my dogs being able to entertain themselves.  This is super important for helping with Separation Anxiety, as well as just boredom busters.  As the readers of my blog know, Kona my Standard Poodle has real problems being away from me. 

One of the things I have noticed since being home with my dogs is how much they have chilled out.  Kona used to be very much a needy puppy that barked at me when I did not pay attention to her the second she thought I should.  Read she is a demand barker here.  She has gotten so much better about this, but when we are training she thinks I should be going at breakneck speed at popping treats in her mouth.  But also, that I have severely neglected their training.  I've tried to make up for some of that while being at home with them.  

We are working on a protocol to help with her feeling so anxious when she does not have access to me. She has gotten a bit better and will actually leave me to go inside when she is ready, but heaven help my blinds if I close the doggie door off and leave her in and I go outside.  

There have been times I've needed to block her out of the living room for one reason or another mostly so I
can vacuum without Yadi attacking the vacuum or her, or when she was trying to steal Ian's food all the time. She has really done a number on my door frames where the baby gate is.  I'm going to have to repaint them.  Not to mention figuring out how to get all the flaked paint off my hardwood floors without taking the finish off my floors because the paint is stuck to the floors.  I'm guessing it's latex paint.  

I even bought a remote treat dispenser to be able to give her treats from a distance for moving away from me and not being right under my feet.  Sadly Yadi is terrified of the noise it makes so I have to work on it with him so that it doesn't bother him so that I can use it with her on a regular basis.  

She has severely regressed in her socialization being stuck at home during this time at home.  I have to get her back out and start working with her again.  I'm hoping that we will have a smallish reset button when we start working again, so I can try to get her back to where she needs to be and stop barking at other dogs.  Thankfully I have a neighbor dog to practice with.  

So that's about where we are right now.  Just trying to make a little progress every day.  This last week, she turned a year old.  While she has grown so much she is still such a puppy.  She has no idea how big she is, she thinks that she is Yadi's size.  

Happy Training!!!

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