Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Focus and Control; Class 7

Last night was our second to last class for Focus & Control and it was another good one. 

I'm proud to report that Oscar did not have any reactivity problems with his nemesis, Major, and did very well overall.  There were a few times when he did a couple bark-barks, but he recovered very quickly.

We continued to do box work exercises and the fabulous instructor brought in one of her dogs to walk around while we all played LAT and "Incoming!" games.  Oscar did great.  We were next to Sophie, a 5 year old Shar Pei mix who is such a little spit fire...totally cute and full of energy.  I kept Oscar on leash the whole time we were doing box work, but "accidentally" dropped the leash a few times and he did just fine.  Woot-woot!

After box work, we moved onto more mat games.  Oscar did quite well...he was definitely distracted and I had to use a food lure to get him to work, but no reactivity what-so-ever.

I've noticed a shift in his behavior the past couple of classes in that he is actually relaxed enough to lay down on his mat in class.  Reflecting back to the first night of class, he couldn't even lay down with a food lure he was so stressed. 

Watching his transformation has been such a delight and I know he will continue to get better and we will continue on our life journey together.

One more week!  Eek!

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