A bad day turns good!

My sleep is so out of whack atm and I really can’t work out why!

I have to fight for every bit of sleep as my body constantly tells me I’m awake, I usually sleep for 4 hours, lay in bed refusing to wake up for an hour or so, then manage another few. I’m panicking about it triggering a manic episode, but so far I think I’m okay.

Last night I got six hours of very broken sleep, and I woke up in the MOST foul mood.

I was up for a few hours and had a cluster of half a dozen simple partial seizures, after which I felt exhausted. I went back to bed, slept a few extra hours, and woke up feeling *great*!

Damn it body, why can’t you ever just work? 😛

Feeling good, we walked the other three dogs and then headed out with Mojo to the pub!

Taking Mojo places is such a different experience to taking Sasha to busy places. With Sasha you must hugely plan ahead, be prepared to tell people to back away from her, and always be scouring ahead for things she may be afraid of. With Mojo you don’t have to worry; you get to enjoy him enjoying himself, and if by fluke anything did go wrong, he can be picked up!

He was SUPER at the pub 🙂

Next door are the two aggressive Labs by the play park. Them and the Terrier were barking just after we arrived. We were on the other side of the wall to them, but the barking was still clearly audible. Guess who didn’t react to them AT ALL?! I was so damn impressed!

I managed to fish out my phone and catch some barking on video:

Mojo claimed the beer garden as his own and enjoyed bombing about.

As we ate he sat by me on the bench and, for a young Terrier puppy, showed amazingly good impulse control. He was rewarded every 5-20 seconds.

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He found lots of treasures (an old shoelace, a stick, and some litter!), and he offered a ton of sits! He didn’t have to be on lead once 🙂

Apple crumble!

At some point a group of four adults and a very young toddler (I wouldn’t guess he was even 3 yet) came to the veranda where we were sat. They were loudly telling their kid about the “doggy” he would get to play with, and I was like FUCK THAT…what parent tells their toddler, who they’re letting walk significantly far ahead, to GO GREET AN UNKNOWN DOG?!?

Hell no.

So I scooped Mojo up, and we began gathering our drinks etc to go sit somewhere else, because they were clearly stoopid. The veranda is very small and them being there would have ruined the meal. Thankfully they weren’t eating, they’d climbed up to look at the view and left within a few minutes.

On our way back home we did a little confidence building in the play park. This thing spins! 🙂

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Training days – nails & socialisation

We’ve had some great training successes recently 🙂

Firstly, KASPER’S NAILS ARE AT A NORMAL LENGTH!!

Up until he was about three, Kasper kept his nails short on walks, but as we had to tone his walks down, they grew longer. I spent a lot of time with Boo doing crucial training (fears, recall, resource guarding etc), so nails fell out of the picture.

When I did get around to working on handling, as with everything I had to take it extremely slowly. Kasper had a huge fear of having his feet touched, and it took over two years to get to the point where I could use a clipper on them.

But now here we are, not only can I comfortably use a clipper AND a dremel on Kasper’s nails, but I’m able to do sessions long/often enough that we’re pushing back the length 😀 😀 😀

Finally, his nails are at a length where vets and most dog owners wouldn’t even glance at them! I still want to get a decent amount off them, obviously, but they look SO MUCH BETTER than they ever have these last three years!

This was his right foot after yesterday’s session, before I trimmed them further

And his left paw after today’s session!!

Yay Boo!

As for Mojo, he excelled a trip to the supermarket yesterday and it was HEAVING!!

We worked on loose lead walking, focus, and exposure to crowds, trolleys, kids, all sorts! He was really wonderful, he reacted once to some annoying brat running about making truly bizarre growly noises, but other than that he was as close to perfect as he could have been 🙂

An adventure for all!

My seizures are much improved to what they once were.

Whilst I still have clusters, odd behaviour, fogginess, constant memory loss etc, I now only have 9-12 seizures a day on average (although this last week it’s been even lower, about 6!!). My highest recorded seizure count for the day in the past three weeks was 15; 6 months ago I was averaging 20-25 seizures a day, and my highest on record was 35!!

CBD oil works guys 😉

Anyway. Because I’m doing so much better, today we decided to go into town. My anxiety was going to be sky high because I haven’t done something like that in so long, so we took Mojo with us (I always do so much better when I have a dog to focus on, and Sasha’s way too fearful to manage anything like that).

Omg guys Mojo was INCREDIBLE!!!

Throughout the whole day he had one moment of unease, which was when the train was pulling in – it was moving at snail’s pace, as they always do in this area, and it was screeching the entire way.

Other than that he was totally at ease on the train itself (his first train ride!), in a heaving city centre, being carried around a pet shop, then walking back and getting the bus home. He is AMAZING 😀

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Loose lead walking around a city, curiously sniffing everything, no fear of the crowds or noise…he called away from things every time I asked, and held sit stays no problem as people walked past!

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Wandering past the castle

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We made it to the pet shop on the outskirts of the city and had great fun perusing the pets and choosing a new kidlet. I was torn between one of two snakes (Kenyan Sand Boas, which I’ve fallen madly in love with recently, or an African House Snake) OR a Syrian hamster.

In the end we opted for the Kenyan Sand Boa, because she was just too cute 🙂

I’m gonna do a ‘herp’ post soon because we have some lovely herps atm (reptiles/amphibians), so I’ll deviate from dogs for a day.

After the shop it was another walk back through the city centre and then waiting in a PACKED bus station. I’m talking hundreds of people, and Mojo just slept in my arms hahaha!!

And his first bus ride took us right back to our house 🙂

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I don’t know many 14 week old puppies that would do so well. None of my other pups have been so robust or able to focus around such busyness, so that was really cool to see, and Sasha couldn’t cope with half of that now hahaha!!

He was pooped for a good few hours afterwards 😉

And this was a fab day for me as well as Mojo; my first train ride in about 6 months, and my first time into the city in 12-18+ months. I had two small seizures, but everything else was managed successfully. Woop!

13 weeks old, Mojo review!

Mojo is 13.5 weeks old, and is smashing everything 🙂

Mojo is an AWESOME dog to work with. He’s spunky, confident, intelligent, and very food motivated. Currently we are concentrating on socialisation, focus around distractions, and basic obedience (sit, recall, heel etc).

The one iffy thing we’ve encountered is other dogs; he was very reactive when he came to us, and although this has improved he occasionally lets out a little huff, and on the ground doesn’t want to say hello to other dogs. He’s only met one unknown dog so far, and silently sat on my lap and observed – I was hugely impressed, as he didn’t bark, came to me for safety, and was happy to watch ❤

Raiden reacted the same way at about 3 months, and he grew to be an extremely social adult., so hopefully with training Mojo can head in that direction!

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He takes in his stride:

– people, observing and greeting (elderly people, children, teenagers, toddlers, people using crutches, wheelchairs and mobility scooters)

– heavy traffic (being carried and walking by busy roads, including loud lorries going past)

– shops, both going in and sitting outside watching people with trolleys etc

– a variety of surfaces (sand, grass, concrete, metal grates, bark chips etc)

– farm animals (cows, sheep, geese)

Training

Mojo has been SO FUN to train 🙂

He’s so quick to learn, and the fact he is extremely food motivated definitely helps haha. So far he knows sit, down, touch, wait, two (front paws on an object) and his name.

Outdoors his loose lead walking is coming on a treat.

His off lead heel is incredible!

His recall is wonderful, because he’s so young! There’s no better time to concentrate on creating reliable off leash behaviour or recall than when your puppy is young. Get them off lead, and get them running to you 🙂

Finally, his focus rocks!

I’m expecting this to vanish in the next month or two haha, but for now I’m working with it and rewarding it as much as possible.

The other day he did an off lead sit stay whilst a man passed us on a path!! He’s 13 weeks old and he can sit and focus around anybody and anything, it’s amazing!

And he also walked loose lead through a park teaming with two dozen kids! He recalled to me when they ran past him, he offered sits, and focused when asked 🙂

He’d just walked through that path you can see behind us!

Although I don’t think he’s going to be an ‘easy’ or even particularly well behaved dog in the future (he’s at least two vocal breeds – Chihuahua and Yorkshire Terrier -, he’s a rescue with a poor past, AND he was reactive / resource guarded at 10 weeks old!!) I do think he’s going to be an incredible dog 😉

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In four days time the little guy will be 9 months old – WHAT??

This guy, nine months?! 🙂

Haha, he’s a cutie 🙂

We had a walk from hell with him this morning and he excelled – as frustrating as the walk was I was very proud of Rey!

There was a couple walking an off lead JRT on the streets just behind us, which they kept yelling at; a man jogging back to his house on the lane who, instead of giving us a little space when we’d clearly tucked into the side, jogged within literally an inch of us whilst I tried to keep Rey focused; two old men who walked past us on the narrow bridge where I had Rey sit and maintain eye contact, and who yelled “Hello!” at him & slapped their legs as they passed…wow, thanks for winding him up!

He got a little excited with the old men, as they were so close and both patting their legs & speaking to him, but he regrouped and re-focused within a few seconds 🙂

We went out with a friend today and bought Raiden some more filled bone chews we can stuff ourselves once they’re empty, and we also got two hooves

I’ve heard from lots of dog owners that they hold up better than bones, and dogs find it harder to break chunks off them (which we have a huge problem with; Kasper refuses to drop pieces – he swallows them and it often makes him sick).

I let Raiden test the hoof, as he is a far gentler chewer than Boo…within five minutes he had a chunk this size off the thing:

Thankfully Raiden, unlike Kasper, will swap bits and doesn’t swallow them without a thorough chewing. Phew!

He got a filled bone as a swap, and had a grand old time semi emptying it…the last he had he was chewing for hours, but as always he is slightly bored of them now and gave up on this one after twenty minutes.

He also got a really cheap stuffed toy, which he LOVED!

He was charging around the room with it and rolling about, blissfully happy! And, even though it only cost £1 and I’m pretty sure *I* could destroy it with my teeth, he didn’t do any damage to it.

One of the cutest things about Raiden is when he lays on his side or flops onto his back with a toy, and he holds it between his front paws ❤

We actually went out to look for things for Kasper’s Gotcha Day in just over a week’s time, but didn’t find anything for him…I have a few ideas of things to buy online though; I’ve wanted a Tux for so long!!

More puppy cuteness 🙂

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Puppy Socialisation: people who don’t help…

We had another fun walk with Zoey. It wasn’t too hot out so we stuck about a big longer and had some extra exploring, play and fun time.

The fields have been cut so Zoey had a whale of a time rolling in the grass. As we were walking along I threw a huge wad of grass at her, which she loved, so it’s a new game of ours now 🙂

Raiden had a humongous adventure today. We did bump into some guy who “has owned terriers for fifty years” and was giving us some wonderful ‘advice’…eg. he asked why we were carrying Rey, so we said we were gonna be out for an hour and puppies shouldn’t walk too far. He replied “think about what you’ve just f***ing said, you know? This is a terrier, he’ll run for miles!”…and it’s like well yeah, maybe he would, but it could mess up his joints / growth plates!

This man also yanked Raiden on the end of his longline (seriously, get the hell off my puppy’s lead!) and was just crap with him.

After the yank Raiden completely ignored him, which I loved. He wasn’t scared, he just had enough slack lead to move away and thought ‘well that guy’s an idiot so I’ll go do my own thing.’ Perfect 🙂

I simmered angrily for the next half hour, but then we met a lovely woman who fussed Raiden, and she called out a young girl of about ten who did beautifully with him too.

We then bumped into a neighbour who has a tiny rescue Yorkie and had a chat with him (Rey threw a strop because he was tired and wanted to see the dog) and then we were home!

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This morning we phoned up the place that runs the class we were going to take Raiden to. The class is called a Puppy Socialisation Class, but you want to know something funny? The puppies don’t get to socialise with each other! WHAT??

Apparently they get to briefly sniff each other on lead in the beginning, but the class is ‘mostly about teaching puppies to focus around distractions’…then why call it a socialisation class?! Aaagh!

We might go to a few of their classes (providing you don’t have to pay for them in bulk) but as we only really want the socialisation aspect, it seems a bit of a waste…

So basically there are no puppy socialisation classes / groups around here. Wonderful. And we don’t know anybody with a puppy or a stable adult dog that Raiden could play and learn from. Even more wonderful!

We’re seriously considering setting up our own puppy socialisation group…the only issue is that by the time word got around and anyone started coming, Raiden would probably be all but grown up!! Could still be fun though 🙂

We’ve got the number for the local village hall and are gonna ask if we could hire it out. I know the one a 20 minute walk away hires out to a dog trainer, so they do allow dogs in the building. It would be fun to provide a puppy class that is based on positive reinforcement, counter conditioning & building the confidence of nervous puppies, and socialisation.

I even thought we could take different surfaces (eg. rubber mats) and unusual items, such as our pop up tent, to get the puppies used to novelty items and show the owners of any scaredy pups how to help them overcome their fear.

Something we’re looking into anyway – for now have some photos of Zoey’s evening:

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Kasper and Zoey got a treat of kibble, wet food and cream – ewww!

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This clump of hair is mostly from brushing Kasper, although I did trim his ‘skirt’ (the long floofy hair at the top of his back legs!)

She was so tired after her off lead adventure 🙂

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