Wednesday, March 24, 2010
What a day...I think George is going through a fear period.. at 5yrs old?
today twice...once on our morning walk...he started barking at two black large dogs coming at us while owner was on a bike, we crossed the road but he couldn't stop barking..
this morning being the impressionable adolescent.... acted like a loon as well.
Then tonight on our evening walk George again...
we walked past a sign and he lunged all cowered and almost rushed on to the street to avoid the sign. He was so frightened. So terrified and even trembling... He's never trembled or reacted to signs, especially one's he's walked by so many times.
I spoke to Rita and I'm going to take him to Dogsmart for a "train and play" class on Saturday before Keegan's class to see if maybe he is starting to globalize his fear.
The class is for dogs under 40 lbs so I'm hoping he will feel more comfortable and I inturn will be able to figure out how I can help him through this.
Last year it took a few months of classes (come when called & out and about)to slowly build up his confidence again to be around other dogs, who were friendly and pretty much ignored him until he showed playful body language. Then we got to play with them. After that he was awesome until now.
It really helps if you know a handful of dogs who are solid when they go through a tough time. Also if you can go to classes where they are around other dogs, but don't have to interact with them.
Also important to know dogs who dole out calming signals to your dog no matter what your dog is emoting, and you will see almost a big sigh of relieve come over your dog when he realizes he doesn't have to act tough, or be noisy.
Both George and Daizy were used in the occasional class as the Fun Police dogs. Not physically smashing adolescent bullies but just with their body language and hairy eyeballs and then initiating calmer play style. Really good with adolescent dogs...but.... Life ... has a way of throwing you curve balls...and after a couple attacks in Squamish where other dogs were off leash and no owner in tow...they trampled George and another wouldn't stop trying to hump him (pitbull mix) it really wasnt fun trying to get these dogs away. Some people just don't get it. It's not fair especially for a smaller dog to have to defend him self all the time, if he is not interested in being bullied.
So was done with meeting new dogs for a while. He went from friendly to reactive...keep away.
We'll see. I'd be happy with quick meet and greets again and being on our way.
It's tough when all I can do is guess. It sure does help that there are so many positive ways to bridge the gap in communication available to us these days.
I spoke to Alice and she also mentioned to up his veggies...I feed raw and there's research that in order for brain chemistry to regulate Serotonin, diet needs to be more Alkaline....
I don't know what I'd do without Rita and Alice.