WOOF Support blog hop #3
Your typist today – MaryThe theme for today’s WOOF support blog hop is, what I love about my reactive dog. This is easy. Torrey is incredibly lovable in so many ways. But in relation to the WOOF blog hop, I would have to say I love that she is smart enough to follow directions. I have been working on getting her to sit when other dogs walk past for over a year now. She does a most excellent job at this now. One reason she is so easily trained, is she loves treats, oh and praise too. Mostly treats. But I am not the best at always having treats on a walk, so praise works for her too.
Because we generally live off the beaten path, we don’t run into dogs much. But we are in town now for a bit, so that means more people, and more dog encounters. Twice in the last week we have run into reactive dogs that make Torrey look like a saint who has never had a problem. The other day while walking on the river, I saw a dog coming towards us. A Schnauzer that was pulling and yanking so hard on it’s leash, I don’t know how they were hanging onto the other end. A calmly directed Torrey to the side and told her to sit. Her butt was on the ground maybe 5 seconds. This other dog was in such a state, with it’s owner doing nothing about it. Roxy was all hackles and growls and barks. So naturally, Torrey figured she needed to react too. Honestly, she didn’t react as bad as I thought she could. A very mild reaction actually. Thankfully the ill mannered dog and it’s people pulled themselves down the path, and our walk continued in peace. Then on Monday we walked up the canyon. We NEVER see people up there, and we actually walked on the part of the road that is still closed to traffic. The dogs were off leash, I was taking pictures, all was great. Then suddenly Roxy started growling, then Torrey joined in. I knew something was up. Sure enough, here came 3 people. One of them was carrying a small, snarling, constantly barking dog. I quickly got my camera put away, hands on both dogs, and reached for leashes all at the same time. I told Torrey to sit. She did, and watched in complete silence and calm as the barking dog went past. I think she was a little amazed at all the racket that was being created. I praised her all over, she smiled at me, and off we went. And that’s why I love her! Both these encounters made me realize that my work in training her, has paid off. If I had just given up, and never expected her to be calm, she never would be. And I would be THAT person with the out of control dog. I realize some dogs are easier to get calm than others. But not trying at all, is a mistake for the dog, and the people. That’s one thing great about this blog hop. We are all trying, we are trying to help our dogs be the best they can. And that’s what it’s all about. Join in the blog hop, tell us your story and why you love your reactive dog so much.