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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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

Walking under scaffolding πŸ™‚

And finally,Β 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 ❀

Puppy reactivity & seaside trip!

Mojo is this awesome dog who has been a dream to socialise and train, other than one thing…

He HATES other dogs :/

This goes way beyond normal puppy unease, and is true fear. I can only imagine it’s due to his first home, as there was definitely at least one other dog in the house with him, and the dog/s were completely unsupervised (hence why he came to us, because he was having continuous accidents and things were been destroyed!).

Mojo is doing heaps better with other dogs after weeks of training, but at 15 weeks old he still can’t meet an unknown dog as he’s too scared.

If I know the dog won’t run over to him (maybe the other dog is on lead, or only interested in fetch) Mojo can be on the ground, and we will work on LAT, engage disengage, and general confidence boosting behaviour.

If there is a dog within about 8 feet, Mojo will climb onto my lap for safety. He might do little huffs, but usually he’s happy to sit and watch as I feed treats.

Anything closer than 4ft is in the danger zone. Mojo will back off my lap, growl, and try move away from the dog.

Previously he barked at all dogs, regardless of distance, and trembled. So progress has certainly been made. I can now carry him whilst other dogs are by my feet, and he will do engage disengage. It’s VERY rare he barks in my arms now, unless the other dog is reacting.

The main issue is that he’s 15 weeks old as of this Monday, and not met any strange dogs. I struggled with the idea of ‘throwing him in at the deep end’ and forcing him to meet dogs on walks before his socialisation window closed, but let’s be honest, flooding would just set him up for further failure and much future fear.

So I guess we’ll go slow and steady, and I’ll accept that he will most likely always be reactive, may never be able to meet unknown dogs well, but we can get him more confident around dogs and show him they’re not scary.

If there were ANY decent puppy/training classes nearby, I would give that a shot. Classes can actually be great for reactive dogs as long as they’re well planned, and it could really help him…unfortunately the classes near to us are TERRIBLE. About as bad as it gets. And I’ve not found good classes within 30 miles.

So I can’t go that route and I also don’t know anybody who has a dog that would be good to train around, and even if I did I doubt the owner would understand / help.

Just yesterday there was an interfering old busybody walking two dogs on the beach, one ‘not very nice’ and one supposedly friendly.

After I explained Mojo was a rescue and scared of dogs, she asked “Shall I hold my dog’s bum up to your dog so he can smell it?” (this as Mojo is backing off my lap growling at her dog a few feet away).

Me: *trying to hide a smile at this idea* No thanks, he’s fine just watching for now. He’s learning dogs aren’t scary, so we can’t throw too much at him.

Woman: It’s best if you don’t baby him though, you know. Isn’t it? You can’t treat him like a baby.

Me: (silently) Oh she’s one of those morons. Well, time to completely ignore her

Woman: It’s probably best if you just put him on the ground, stand up, and just ignore him. That’ll be the best for him. So he learns his place. You should probably do that.

Me: *continues to not even look at her whilst reassuring and treating Mojo, who’s doing really well* XD

Eventually she walked off. What an idiot.

Other than that, and some people stupidly interacting with Mojo (saying “oh naughty me, I’m distracting you from training aren’t I!” and reaching for his head when Mojo was focusing on me, a woman who grabbed at his head as she walked past and just carried on walking, etc etc) we had a really nice day πŸ™‚

Train ride on the way there!

Yay seaside πŸ˜€

Mojo’s first experience of a proper beach – of course he loved it!!

So much to sniff, so many new things to experience! Seaweed was a huge hit πŸ˜€

We walked along the beach and all of a sudden this end-of-the-world siren started. It was SO LOUD!! We were all a little bit freaked, I scooped Mojo up and cuddled him, he was dealing well with it, nobody else seemed panicked…turns out it was to announce the bloody tide coming in!! Really?!

It was at this point we met the stupid woman with the two Lhasa’s. Once they’d gone there was a Lab playing fetch ahead, clearly with no interest in me or Mojo, and so I sat the little guy down and we did some engage disengage.

We couldn’t get a photo fast enough to get the Lab in it (two throws of a ball from the slipway was apparently enough for the dog, then it was back into the car), but you can see Mojo volunteering focus and the edge of the slipway where the Lab was running from!

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After beach fun and saying hello to some people, we carried Mojo around a few shops and then we sat outside whilst my partner ran in to get some drinks and some fish and chips. We found half of a bird’s egg that had hatched, and Mojo decided it was very nice to chew on and mostly eat πŸ˜›

We then pootled back to the train station, and just behind there’s two picnic benches so we sat and ate our grub!

Before eating:

After I’d finished eating hahaha!

Working on him tucking out the way in small spaces πŸ˜€ ❀

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One quick pootle as my partner drank his cider…

…then it was time to sleep all the way home πŸ™‚

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I was utterly out of spoons after this trip. The rest of the night was spent feeling crummy and napping πŸ˜›

I had someone comment on FB asking why Mojo was the only one who got the seaside trip, so though I may as well preempt that and explain here too!

Sasha is too fearful; she couldn’t manage the train journeys and wouldn’t enjoy walking through the small town. Kasper is slightly too nervy, but also just too wild and frantic. And Tolly would get tired very quickly, doesn’t like riding trains or buses, and missed out on so much socialisation it would all be a bit much for her.

 

 

Training days – nails & socialisation

We’ve had some great training successes recently πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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 πŸ™‚

2.5 weeks after surgery

Tolly now has a bare nub πŸ˜€

She’s even growing adorable ginger peach fuzz over her stump already hahaha!

Please ignore those sad puppy dog eyes. She *really* wanted to go play with her big sister and I was making her pose for nub photos XD ❀

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Wrestling with Mojo this morning

Look at that little nub go!!! XD

I was kinda worried how I would feel, seeing it bare 24/7. I thought I’d be grossed out, or sad every time I saw it…I actually find that little stump adorable, because it’s a part of Tolly! And seeing it wobble about is so cute!! ❀

You honestly wouldn’t believe how smoothe her recovery has been. She is incredibly agile already, and we can see her stamina improving.

She didn’t actually need me to hold the buffalo horn here, I was just doing it so that we had a better shot of her nub!

The best of best days

Yesterday my parents came up for another visit, as the hand washer they ordered for my partner’s birthday had finally arrived (unbeknownst to us it was shipping from America!!).

Before they arrived, we decided to tire everybody out by a morning in the pool…as usual it was A LOT of fun πŸ˜€

Kasper had immense fun bobbing for kibble πŸ˜›

Toller enjoyed basking on her own private island πŸ˜‰

And Mojo fell in the water and was miserable XD

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Toller soon helped him dry off chasing him about and wrestling with him though (also look how amazing Sasha is as the little uns play πŸ™‚ )

Lots of happy tired pups!

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Look, size order!! Only missing Spud, but we don’t have Kasper out around her as he WILL knock her over!

Once my parents arrived we went to meet them, and just as last time Sasha was super confident with them. Yay, progress!

We walked through the fields to a local pub, and sat in the beer garden. It was such a beautiful space and we had it all to ourselves! Sasha was mostly on a longline, although we did go for a mooch and do some training off lead, but she was amazingly well behaved.

Off lead!

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Just as our food had been brought two extremely aggressive Labradors began barking at us, from behind a low wall but down a large drop. My dad went and loudly exclaimed what horrible dogs they were, making them bark more, and guess what?

SASHA DIDN’T MIND AT ALL!!

Other than her unease with people, barking dogs has been her biggest fear. Even way off in the distance, a barely audible dog barking would make her skitterish and fearful. These dogs were less than 6 feet away, and Sasha sat there grinning at me, happy to do training and totally at ease πŸ˜€

On the walk back we bumped into the Leonberger puppy that we saw over a month back.

At 16 weeks old this dog reached Sasha’s shoulders, now 22 weeks he towers above her!! Sasha was overwhelmed at first with this GIANT over-the-top puppy bouncing in her face, but I thought she could adjust. I left her to it and sure enough a minute later she was charging about and had made a new BFF, it was so sweet πŸ™‚

Their play style was hilarious, Sasha would literally run laps around us all, then dart to the Leonberger so that he could feel included XD

He was very big and clumsy and calm, and the few times he accidentally knocked into me almost had me off my feet hahahaha!

Once we’d walked back we dropped Sasha off at home, then went for a trip out to the zoo!!

I haven’t really been anywhere other than local pet shops and on dog walks for about a year, so to have a proper day out including a meal and a zoo trip was just phenomenal!!

There was a stretch of rooms at the zoo that had glittery floors that seemed to flash as you walks, which triggered a seizure, but I bounced back quickly and the entire day yesterday I only had FOUR seizures…honestly don’t remember the last time I had so few πŸ˜€

Zoo pics…this place is so weird because some of the enclosures are awesome, such as the harvest mice, degus and fossa (the fossa has a second part of equal size connected via a shed)

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But then the chinchilla cage was AWFUL, and the spiny mouse cage was a little bare too, it used to have a load more branches but now they’re all very low and there’s just a few :/

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Meerkats

Striped squirrels (which just looked like chipmunks to me?!)

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And what wild creature is this?!? XD ❀

After the zoo we came back home, I took Mojo out for a quick hello, then my mum and partner headed to the supermarket to do some shopping (I can’t go in supermarkets due to the lighting), and me and my dad took Sasha to the nearby field. She was already pooped so we just sat about πŸ™‚

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Once we all met up again there was time to take Tolly for her biggest off lead walk yet, and then it was back home to rest before bed! πŸ™‚

(her ears still don’t know what they’re doing!! ❀ )

Look at this photo my dad took – he says she looks too cute to be real!!

It was truly a fantastic day, made even better by so few seizures ^__^

2 weeks after amputation!

Today marks two weeks since Spud’s amputation, so let’s review her achievements πŸ™‚

  • Come off pain meds
  • Stitches out
  • On lead walks (currently 5-10 minutes)
  • First off lead walk in 3 months (currently 5 minutes)
  • First playing with Mojo
  • First playing with Sasha – today!
  • Bombing about the house
  • First training

Tonight, before I even realised we’d hit the 2 week mark, I happened to take loads of Toller photos because we were having a really lovely time, and I wanted to remember it. So enjoy some very happy Pud pics!!

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First play with Sasha!!! πŸ˜€

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Her “oh shit I’ve overbalanced” face XD

Ah but she’s so *happy* now ^__^ ❀

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The cutest thing ever, look at the love captured in this photo ❀

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Nuddy stump photos! Our first time seeing her nekkid πŸ™‚

They left her shoulder blade in, so she’s more…stumpy…than a lot of tripawds XD

1.5 weeks after amputation: first off lead walk!

Toller had her first off lead walk inΒ 3 months today!! πŸ˜€

It was amazing!!

She had SO MUCH FUN πŸ™‚ ❀

On top of her pure joy, her recall was perfect, she didn’t stray far, she checked in and sat voluntarily…it was all just amazing!

She did 2 minutes walking on lead, and 2 minutes off lead. We’re still building it up very gradually, but she’s doing great πŸ™‚

I can’t wait until she’s fully recovered so that we can use the Ruffwear Webmaster on her. It’s supposed to be the best harness for tripawds, and a harness would make things much easier as atm she’s so excited that she pulls on a collar and a few times her front leg has skittered out and she’s face planted!!!

Lead work can wait until she’s got a few more walks under her belt though, I can’t blame her AT ALL for being excited πŸ™‚

How gorgeous and amazing is this little one? ❀