The happiest dogs & Mojo training

Toller and Mojo had their first walk together today, they LOVED it!

Toller’s fitness is doing well, although she still gets tired pretty quickly, she’s always running at FULL SPEED! So I’m not sure if her stamina’s still less or if it’s just because she’s so desperate to make up for lost time XD

Now that Mojo is bigger and can hold his own against full-throttle Tolly, they could enjoy some off lead time together. Here it is, in video and pics!

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He’s catching her in size!

They got tired quick XD

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And Mojo has been doing some wonderful training, that little dog makes my heart sing ๐Ÿ™‚

Yesterday we went into town, and even though we didn’t do much there were so many positives! We bumped into the same child’s toy that Sasha saw a few days ago, and hugely freaked out over. It was good to get Mojo training around it, and obviously he didn’t care.

Then I took him to the metal panel that Sasha was terrified of between 3-6 months old, and Mojo walked onto it like a champ, zero fear ๐Ÿ™‚

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Also, that’s the town centre behind us – he is still doing wonderful focus around distractions!

Walking under scaffolding ๐Ÿ™‚

And finally,ย YESTERDAY I started teaching Mojo ‘scratch’, so that I could transfer it to the scratch board and he could file his own front nails…ONE DAY later, and look!!

This dude’s such a champ โค

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? ๐Ÿ˜›

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Mojo is a bloody legend

This dog is motivating me so much!!

Having Sasha as a puppy (and an adolescent hahaha!) who doesn’t want to train or play has been really tough on me. I struggled, and I do still struggle. She just is not a dog that thrives on training, and she’s not a “me” dog at all.

Enter Mojo, this highly food motivated pup who loves nothing more than interacting with me and learning new things…THIS IS THE DOG OF MY DREAMS!!!!

The difference between Mojo and Sasha is night and day, and I also feel huge relief and faith restored in my ability as a dog trainer haha! I say that jokily, but it’s true. Dog training is one of the few hobbies I am still well enough to do, and Sasha made me lose a lot of confidence…then along comes a loves-to-learn mutt puppy, and we click instantly!

I taught him ‘pressure’ ๐Ÿ™‚

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Every outing with him is so fab I want to post about it, so you’ll have to excuse all these training posts ๐Ÿ˜‰

Today we walked up through town to the canal. On the way up we did some loose lead walking, and then two Labradors started barking at Mojo from a car about 8ft ahead of us.

Mojo is reactive to dogs and dogs barking. At 9 weeks old he would start yappy-screaming every time he heard or saw a dog, and I’ve worked hard on this for the last 5 weeks. He’s gotten so much better, to the point where he did wonderful engage disengage and didn’t react to these two at all ๐Ÿ™‚

Our first stop was the canal; this was to further work on confidence around other dogs, maybe say hi to some, and to experience new things.

Unfortunately Mojo was KNACKERED due to having one of his whingey “I don’t need to sleep” nights, and so after literally two minutes walking he insisted on being carried ๐Ÿ˜›

He did see some dogs from my arms though, and was curious and not at all reactive, which was awesome to see!

After leaving the canal we went to the supermarket, and I expected Mojo to sleep whilst my partner went and grabbed some shopping – but nope! To Mojo, the supermarket = training, and he wanted to work!

He did some absolutely fantastic training, he offered so much focus, so many sits! He even ignored people that walked LESS THAN A FOOT FROM HIM and cooed at him, and he *still* chose to train rather than go say hi!! As you can see the lead was slack, I didn’t stop him at all, it was *his* choice ๐Ÿ˜€

A few times when I released him to go say hi, he would rush over all giddy and waggy-tailed, say hi and then hurry back to sit again hahaha!

Great day for socialisation though. On the canal he saw ducks for the first time, watched other dogs, and saw a barge go past. Outside the supermarket he focused around people of all ages and trolleys, and he got to greet half a dozen new people ๐Ÿ™‚

And from a wet walk yesterday – note, it wasn’t raining, the grass was just wet!!!

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And finally, a video of a giant puppy (Sasha) playing with a tiny puppy (Mojo)!

Training days – nails & socialisation

We’ve had some great training successes recently ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ˜€

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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!

Rainy days

Today has been a crummy day, and the weather matched!

This morning we headed out on a walk with Sasha and Mojie, with Mojo in the Ruffwear Webmaster harness. He was uneasy with this at first because of the dangling straps at the side, but then I realised there were loops where you could hook them and he was fine afterwards.

He looked adorable in it!

Unfortunately the weather was so grim he had to get taken back early, but we had a decent walk with Sasha.

We had to break through a wall of cows

Sasha was really good walking past a large number of cows in close proximity though.

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I had a bad episode of rage today. It prompted my partner to look into ‘seizure rage’, and he discovered that that’s not actually what I seem to have, but in fact it fits exactly to Episodic Dyscontrol Syndrome. This ties into seizures, and is where the person is powerless to uncontrollable rage. They tend to throw things and lash out violently, and afterwards (because it’s not who they are at all) the sufferer is often crippled with guilt. This is very much me!

EDS tends to be directed at one significant person, and the episodes are triggered by something that might be mildly annoying but the reaction seems to be way OTT. Seizure rage is anger at a much lesser extent, and isn’t usually directed at anyone in particular.

Sasha was amazing during the episode today BTW. It was truly exceptional.

When I was laying down yelling at my partner, she came and nose booped me, then lay next to me staring at me. When I stood up and was lashing out, Sasha jumped up at me to ask for attention / play, then did an auto block (standing in front of me) – this is hugely helpful, it gets my focus off my partner and I’m able to focus on giving Sasha love.

When I turned on my partner again, Sasha left the block to jump at me, before again moving into a block. It was honestly AMAZING.

After the episode was over I was exhausted. That’s when my partner did some research into seizure rage, and we discovered EDS.

We did some training – enjoy Mojo’s cute but fairly pointless trick!

Spud came out and wrestled. Everyone enjoyed puzzle feeders. We played some more.

This evening I tried Spud’s old coat on Mojo (she was wearing this right up until her accident at 5 months) and it fits him! At 14 weeks I’m not sure how much longer he’ll be wearing it, but we’ll see.

This is the only harness he wears totally happily on lead out on walks. The EzyDog, step in and his collar all result in frequent stops and mad itching, and the Ruffwear to a lesser extent. This bomber jacket also meant that he was happier out in the wind and the rain ๐Ÿ™‚

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Plus, as ever, it was cuteness overload ๐Ÿ˜‰

Once we got back there was time for a little more puppy play / madness / cuteness…

And then it was time for everyone to sleep.

13 weeks old, Mojo review!

Mojo is 13.5 weeks old,ย and is smashing everything ๐Ÿ™‚

Mojo is an AWESOME dog to work with. Heโ€™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 weโ€™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 doesnโ€™t want to say hello to other dogs. Heโ€™s only met one unknown dog so far, and silently sat on my lap and observed – I was hugely impressed, as he didnโ€™t bark, came to me for safety, and was happy to watch โค

Raidenย 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!

Socialisation

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Heโ€™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 heโ€™s so young! Thereโ€™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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Finally, his focus rocks!

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

The other day he did an off lead sit stayย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Heโ€™d just walked through that path you can see behind us!

Although I donโ€™t think heโ€™s going to be anย โ€˜easyโ€™ or even particularly well behaved dog in the future (heโ€™s at least two vocal breeds – Chihuahua and Yorkshire Terrier -, heโ€™s a rescue with a poor past, AND he was reactive / resource guarded at 10 weeks old!!) I do think heโ€™s going to be an incredible dog ๐Ÿ˜‰