Yoshi and Trek
Training Diary - Jan 2008
By Ellen Clary
(reverse date order)
the human's blog see: The Non-Dog Blog
Non-Dog Blog Table of Contents
Thu Jan 31
Yoshi is doing better. Phew. He went out to obsess on
squirrels and race around a little. He's still not 100% but he's
a lot better. Dr Applegate wants to manually check his teeth next
week (Tues 12:30) since we're not giving him antibiotics any more.
Now it's time to ponder Mr. Y's next training steps. I think the
next thing is to do Look At That at dogs outside the dog park
Unfortunately Lori's class is tomorrow, but I don't yet feel
comfortable feeding the huge amount of treats that he would get for the
class so I think we'll pass. Of course he also eats a mountain of
treats for LAT, so maybe I'll feed him his breakfast that way.
I've been pondering what does Yoshi do when he wants to calm himself
down? First thing that comes to my head is, well,"nothing" but
that's not entirely true as he and Trek play all the time and one of
them will call for a break in the action, and they both respond.
So what signals do they give each other?
Often there's an elaborate combination such as pause-look
away-sniff-exhale-shake, then look back, sort of play bow and
reengage. It's a blast to watch and I should make an annotated
video of their play. Though they go through the sequence so fast
that i'd have to show the full sequence, then go through step by step
and then show the sequence again. Maybe with the text
superimposed directly on each dog.
- pausing/stop playing
- looking away
- sigh or pronounced exhale through the nose
Anyway to borrow Leslie McDevitt's approach, it would be a good
approach to put things like sniffing and shaking on cue (be fun to get
the exhale but good luck) and use those as tools for when a strange dog
approaches. Something like
Yes, I'm talking giving him lessons in how a Normal Dog would
respond. Maybe I'll just start calling it Normal-Dog Lessons or
Becoming a Normal-Dog.Lessons or "Let's Pretend you're a Normal-Dog."
- See a dog approaching and move away laterally (one reason streets suck at this type of training)
- Once a safe distance away combine LAT with calming signals like sniffing and shaking
- The idea is to teach him other ways of coping with a dog approaching.
Yoshi still has an occasional rasping cough. I'm wondering it's from the intubation. Will keep an eye on it.
I am able to call one dog to me by just using their name, which is very
useful when I have both dogs in the kitchen and want just one to come
with me into the living room. Our obedience instructor does
drills where the dog is just supposed to look at you when you say their
name but not come. We just don't do those since i want me dogs to
start to come on their name (though I may interrupt that with another
command lie "down."
Started to work on "sniff". Put on the floor one of the clear CDs
that come with bulk CDs and that I use for dog training. Clicked
him for ever time his nose went near it. We've done stuff like
this before and he caught on right away. The trick is that he
kept thinking it was a foot target, so I was getting foot touches too,
but I didn't differentiate on whether the foot was there. Pretty
soon I started saying the word sniff just before he dipped his head,
and stopped not long after that. Good boy.
Wed Jan 30
Yoshi barfed again so I called the vet and she said that it sounds like
he's allergic to the antibiotics and that we should discontinue
it. She went on to say that he should be feeling better later
this evening or at the latest in the morning.
He's still pretty punky, and clearly not himself.
They also gave him a Rabies and a Distemper shot and I hope it's not
from those, though I'm not aware of him having any vaccine reactions
When I start to wonder if something else is going on I remind myself
that they did a blood panel before hand. Everything looked good
except for a very slightly elevated ALT liver enzyme (147 instead of
100 which is not high at all) wihc could easily have resulted in his
barfing up the mountain of treats that he got from watching agility
last Friday. I then think of his weight loss and again try not to
Did a little bit of mat work with them, but my heart wasn't in it, and
I only felt comfortable giving Yoshi little bits of EVO kibble, so I
gave up and watched a DVD.
Trek's eye is still about the same even with the added Tetracycline,
well at least it doesn't make her since as one sick dog is about my
Tue Jan 29
Yoshi still seems under the weather
Mon Jan 28
Yoshi Dental Cleaning
Through the power of justifiable paranoia (I just know you're all going
to tell me that's an oxymoron) I have turned a $380 procedure into a
$540 one and am mostly happy to do so (ok the pocketbook objects, but
my stress level is thrilled.) Some of the cost increase is the
Oravet sealant that they'll put on his teeth to protect them from
further plaque buildup which I'm all for since I've not been able to
keep up with his teeth given Trek's eye medication routine and his
training, but the majority of the increase is for putting in an IV and
catheter, so if anything were to go wrong, they can start intervention
immediately. I like that. I like that a lot. For
those who may have been spared reading about the situation, about 2
years ago, Nicky, a brother of Yoshi's who lived in Florida, tragically
died from anesthesia complications during a routine dental.
Primary suspects were Telazole and Ace, and my vets' decided after
reading a summary of the incident that Yoshi now gets neither of
them. My vets' get full credit for noting the Ace as the focus
was on the Telazole, but Ace has a far more checkered history of
complications (particularly with Collie's).
Anyway I'm still a bit anxious but hanging in there.
Aside: Yoshi's weight is only 21 pounds which is a little underweight
for him, but ok. 21.5 is what I'm used to him being. I
didn't notice as his winter coat is so abundant. if he were a wild
animal he would be hunted for his pelt.
He's ok! Phew. Vet says he woke up really fast and is hungry - I told them to give him treats.
He's home now and came with some Amoxicillin to take for a week
(starting tomorrow) since he had some gingivisis in his mouth and the
cleaning releases all that bacteria into his mouth and could cause
While he seems ok he barfed pretty copiously after dinner. I'm
thinking it's my fault as I let him gobble a section of a baguette.
Sun jan 27
It's still raining so no herding (and agility was canceled
Friday). So I have slightly stir crazy dogs though they're good
about chasing each other around the yard and wrestling, so they're not
Something that's driving me nuts but that I haven't whined about here
yet is that Petmate has discontinued the Vari-Kennel Deluxe which is
the Lexus of crates, and replaced it with the "Vari-Kennel Deluxe Jr."
which is the Yugo of crates compared. I haven't been able to find
the Deluxe anywhere and it's driving me a bit around the bend. I
found one Bayteamer who has one that I'm buying but I'd like
another. There has to be 1000's of these laying about in
houses/garages around the country, yet I'm not finding them.
Actually that's not entirely true. I did find one in Seattle, and
another in Philadelphia (both Craigslist). I haven't gotten that
desparate yet, but I'm tempted. I did place a wanted ad on our
Fri Jan 25
Trek eye appt at Animal Eye Care to recheck the tear production of her dry left eye with the Schirmer
test which is oddly similar to litmus paper. It's exactly the
same which is pretty much what I expected. Level 6 where the
other eye was in the 20's (normal).
I sent this email to Dr Freidman:
Hi Dr. Friedman,
If you all are having trouble finding the Lacrisert then I think it's a
sign that it's not really effective and after we've tried adding the
Tacrolimus for a couple of months I'd like to move on to Punctual
You were mentioning the problem of the plugs falling out of dog tear
ducts and I was reading here
(http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/dryeye.htm) that they now
offer a couple of new kinds that have a better fit.
A new type of punctal plug made of acrylic is a small rod that becomes a
soft gel when exposed to your body heat after insertion. It is designed
to accommodate to the size of any punctum canal. Advantages of this type
of plug are that one size fits all so measurement is unnecessary, and
nothing protrudes from the tear duct that could potentially cause
Another new kind is made of a hydrogel that expands into a soft, pliable
gel in the punctum canal. It has no cap, and should it need to be
removed, the eyecare practitioner can simply flush it out with saline
With some people, however, punctal plugs aren't effective enough, so
their tear ducts need to be closed surgically.
The third option of just closing the tear duct surgically sounds much
less invasive than redirecting a salivary gland.
So what I'd like to do is:
- next two months, add Tacrolimus to the Cyclosporine and Neo/poly/dex
(and Genteal) regime
- April 2nd is a recheck (with you). Assuming that the Tacrol. shows
no improvement I'd like to try the Punctual Plugs and would like it done
that day if at all possible (let's just punt on the Lacrisert since it's
not easily obtainable).
Does this sound ok?
and Corgi's Trek and Yoshi
To summarize here for our purposes:
Trek eye drops:
AM: Cyclosprine, Neo/Poly/Dex, Tacrolimus
Noon: Genteal, general lubricant
Evening: Cyclosprine, Neo/Poly/Dex, Tacrolimus
Bedtime: Cyclosprine, Neo/Poly/Dex, Tacrolimus
Genteal or artificial tears at any other time possible.
After nearly a year of doing this and related routines I'm really up for something else.
I heard back and they'll order the punctual plugs.
Thu Jan 24
These silly Vari-Kennel Deluxe JR. crates I ordered and didn't like are
going to cost almost what they're worth to return, so I may as well
sell them on Craigs list. (Drat.) And it seems slightly tacky to
offer them for sale to the Bay Team after I was complaining about them.
I was looking on the Bayteams member's pages
for Flint's photo (see the previous entry), and up pops my own photo
with Trek. i see our Bayteam webmistress has been hard at
work. Guess I can't complain too much as she was good enough to
include her own photo and she took that photo of Trek and I.
I was reading Leslie McDevitt's aritlcle in the Oct 2006 issue of Clean
Run ("Confessions of a Mat Freak") which of course was excellent, and I
was flipping through and noticed that during the time I wasn't paying
much attention to Clean Run, trainers finally started developing ways
of teaching running contacts. Well it's about time. I'm
forever ranting how making a dog, especially a small dog, stop on a
contact is the world's biggest training hack. i even have video
proof of Cali catching up to Whitney (a Corgi with faster ground
speed), because we did a running contact Now trainers have shown
over and over again that you can get a fast reliable 2 on 2 contact
with effort (some claim less effort - I'm not sure I agree), but if
you're going to take all that training time then why not spend it on
Now I've seen dogs with horrible contact problems who have excellent
trainers and honestly neither method is going to fix that on its
own. I actually don't know the solution to that and am staying
tuned to see what works. I myself have been very lucky with
contacts so far.
Wed Jan 23
I keep starting to write this but keep stopping out of superstition
about jinxing anything, but it appears that it's safe to write about
Corgi agility Superstar Flint
last week had a very close call with the doggy version of the Grim
Reaper, but it appears that he's going to be ok. It came on very
suddenly, but he may have eaten something in a horse park walk or some
water source and current theory is that some bacteria got into his GI
tract and then went on a rampage with his immune system chasing it
everywhere (my phrasing but pretty close). With in a day he
couldn't walk and then he was fighting for his life with infection in
many areas of his body and a very high white count, and that white
count showed a high percentage of new white blood cells which are a
strong indicator of continuing infection (his body was making more WBCs)
Gail took him to the Animal Care Center
in Rohnert Park which is a very impressive animal hospital complete
with its own ICU and MRI facilities. She did this initially to
consult with a Neurologist there, but the Dr. figured out quickly that
even though the symptoms presented looked neurological, it biggest
problem wasn't neurological and in fact any neurologic problem was the
lesser of the worries. Flint was put in the ICU, and a worried
Gail took up residence at the nearby hotel. Flint steadily got
worse and refused to eat or drink which is probably one of the most
distressing things a Corgi owner ever sees.
Gail was trying to get herself to accept the fact that she should
probably let him go, but the Internist suggested giving him another 24
hours to see if the plethora of antibiotics they were giving him would
start to win against the infection. Gail was nice enough to let
some of us know and we all started watching our email very closely. In
the next 24 hours, Flint miraculously started to improve little by
little, and her next email said "getting better." Phew. He
wasn't out of the proverbial woods yet (still isn't quite). But
there was a distinct improvement. Gail cagily got him to eat by
bringing her other dog Pic and start feeding Pic and alternately
offered Flint a treat too. With the rivalry, Flint ate. She
also discovered that Flint would eat when doing tricks as the treat is
part of the routine.
After 4 days of ICU, Flint was discharged and Gail took him home the
next day where he continues to convalesce. Even though they
tested him for everything under the Sun the diagnosis is still
inconclusive but it was clearly an infection and his stool was highly
Technicolor which indicates he ingested something. Flint now has
a new nickname of Flint <insert favorite expensive car name
here>. The Animal Care Center no doubt saved his life and if I find myself in a similar situation and BAVS doesn't offer what I need, I will certainly keep them in mind.
I went to see Flint just before Yoshi's herding session and I went hearing on the
20th. The person escorting me to their room (yes, a private
room.), knocked on the door and i heard Flint bark. That was the
best thing to hear. He was exhausted after greeting me, but he
was definitely no longer on Death's Door. Phew. Best of
luck Flint - we're rooting for you.
Sun Jan 20
Joyce isn't really comfortable with my using a clicker in
herding so I'm going to acquiesce and do it her way since Yoshi loves it
so much there. She does use corrections but she is fair and knows
he's a softie.
Joyce suggested and I think it's a good idea that we go back to the
round pen while we work on "steady" which is a slow but consistent pace
- either walking or more often trotting. The scenario was have
Yoshi do a sit/stay, the release him to gather the sheep. Since
he's in the round pen he really can't flush them once he's brought them
back or if he tries it's easier to block his access to the sheep.
Then work on walking the sheep back and forth across the pen (that I
wish was a little larger but oh well.)
Start out on the opposite side of the sheep but it he gets too close,
walk through the sheep and firmly tap the ground with the wand and tell
him to back off (with Joyce that's an understatement :). Joyce
did the initial handling and Yoshi plainly thought she was a scary
person but he wanted the sheep so bad he did work for a while but then
came to me. I mentioned to Joyce that this was always the danger
- that he might just quit, but she said that he'd take a lot more from
me that an unfamiliar person. She's probably right.
We did two sessions and he was showing some relutant improvement.
He did have an unrelated reactive outburst. A woman with an
unknown dog walked straight up to several of us standing aroud the
picnic table campfire. I just carried him away a short distance
and then was able to reapproach. When he's flailing around trying
to Get That Dog, I find I can hold him by his chest and midsection and
just let his legs pump the air which has this sort of cartoonish
aspect. He greeted other dogs fine and didn't have any further
Sat Jan 19
Spoke to Trek's
opthalogist Dr. Friedman and I told her that I didn't think that Trek
was further improving on the current Dry Eye regime and that I'd like
to explore other options. The one's we're talking about are
actually ones that my human opthalmologist suggested. The first
one is Lacrisert which is a capsule that you place in the eye and it
dissolves over the day. I don't think that's likely to work so
after that fails we'll trying the Punctual Occlusion which has nothing
to do with being on time or grammar, but instead is a way to block the
tear duct. Tears come in near the top of the eye socket and are
drained out via the tear duct. The idea is to basically plug the
drain, so that the reduced tear production in that eye is enough.
Fri Jan 18
Trek agility class, Yoshi CU exercises while watching agility
Yoshi did well in his watching. I let him interact some
with a dog named Katie as he seemed to want to do it (I usually don't
have him interact as he doesn't seem to want to), and Lynn assurded me
that Katie was afraid of people but was great with dogs. They
seemed to do well but I took Yoshi away when I thought he was getting
too pushy. He seems to be relaxing some though he is still very
Lynn told me that Trish King is showing Yoshi's video where he's play
bowing to her large stuffed toy Doberman. Apparently she's been
filming a whole bunch of dogs reacting to the toy and the reactions are
all over the place. Many dogs are uncomfortable with the toy that
doesn't smell like a dog, but looks and moves like a dog. (Trish is a
good dog puppeteer. :) So there was a whole series of dogs that
would growl or bark or jump in surprise. And then there was Yoshi
play-bowing. The whole room went awwwww. So much for the
fearsome Corgi. What a hoot.
Trek had a nice time but it was really cold and she wasn't thrilled
with that. I kept her cuddled in one of my heavy jackets in
between runs. Clean Run has this very nice dog coat made of
polartec. As you might guess, it's expensive (circa $100) so I'm
going to have to think about it.
Performance wise I was able to do a 2 jump lead out pivot. she charged
right into tunnels, still tries to skip a pole but once she realizes
that I care, then she'll do them properly. Zerod in on some poop
or bait on the course and we had a Leave It conversation. Still
looks back if she gets too ahead of me - I need to work on "Go on" so I
can still steer from behind. In that respect maybe I should keep
her in NADAC where those kind of courses are common.
Spoke with Patty who I'm hoping will be able to sew the chute
fabric. She said that two of the places she works with have said
no to the project. I'm surprised as it shouldn't be that hard and
I said that it didn't have to be that elaborate - we could even skip
the attachment of the tightener as I could just clamp it on.
Tue Jan 15
Have no fear, Underdog is here
From the weekend's photos: Presenting Air Trek.
Photos by David Wong. Printed with permission.
A fan of Trek's just couldn't resist making an animated gif out of
this sequence and it's pretty hilarious. You can see it here.
To answer some questions both asked and unasked:
- she did not somersault down the A-Frame after the third photo
- she did eventually touch down on the A-Frame, even hitting the contact
- she does running contacts
- I could tell she was being enthusiastic, but I had no idea it was to this extent
- she Q'd on this run
- this is her third trial
- she just turned 3 on Dec 23
- she is something of a happy little spaz often with limbs akimbo
- her jump style is sometimes perfect and sometimes looks quite similar to this
- fortunately she does bounce, though she has been informed that she won't always be able to do so
Mon Jan 14
Some health issues from the weekend...Not serious fortunately.
Yoshi barfed a lot of the enormous amounts of treats that he had.
i think the Red Barn Chicken doesn't quite agree with his tummy in
significant amounts despite his iron gut reputation. i recycled
the rest of it in our organics green bin and will give my remaining
sealed one away (if you're interested just email me). So we'll
stick with Red Barn Beef and I'll try and get it cut even smaller.
I noticed that Trek has a 2"x1" lump on her shoulder, but it's not
sensitive at all to touch and I can move her right front leg around in
the usual directions and she shows no pain and of course she's doing
her usual run around the yard pell mell with Yoshi, so it's probably
not agility related. I'm also not finding any evidence of a tick
or a bite. It finally occurred to me that it's probably where her
rabies shot was which was last Sunday. I spoke to their vet's
office and they said that due to its size they'd like to check it out
so Terri is going to take her in on Wed at 1pm.
Yep - it's from the rabies shot. Could take quite a while to go away (as much as 8 weeks) but it won't hurt her.
Sun Jan 13
Big day for both dogs. We went to WAG in Elk Grove for a Haute
Dawgs NADAC trial for Trek and a lot of behavioral training for Yoshi.
Biggest news is I didn't break any rules (that I was aware of).
Ok that's not true, it's not the biggest news. Biggest news is
that Trek Q'ed! Twice no less (1 jumpers, 1 standard), and
managed to win both classes since Debbie was nice enough to enter the
Proficient instead of Skilled category with her Corgi Porsche (who's
living up to her name) Also, just as important, Yoshi did very
well practicing LAT on and off throughout the day.
Trek's getting more confident about doing runs. She did not react
to any of the personnel in the arena. She is sequencing better
though still blows by obstacles from time to time (about 2 per course
or so). Her weaves have improved though she still tries to skip a
pole every so often. She had 2 sets, one in each Standard class
and the first one she kept trying to skip poles but finally did them
correctly. The second time she did them perfectly. Both
times were on-side which is actually her weaker side.
During the second standard course, little one had her first blown
contact off the A-Frame (10 course faults) as I wasn't paying proper
attention and she jumped off early. Also she got ahead of me at the end
and crossed the finish line before doing the last obstacle which is
considered a failure to Perform (20 faults). Needless to say she
didn't qualify, but neither did anyone else and she technically got 1st
(for what that's worth :).
I do need to warm her up more after she's had a break. The last
class for us was Chances (Gamblers) and her heart just wasn't in it and
she seemed stiff and distracted.. There were two tunnels on the
course and she raced past them each time. She just wanted to go
sniff. I was starting to see this a bit during her previous run
where she was all for running off the course when the course went near
the finish line. 4 classes is a lot for a dog new to competition
(this is the first time we've tried 4), and I think we should probably
go back to 3 for a while. Fortunately her future is AKC and the
most they have a day is 3.
Back to Yoshi. Since the trial was lightly attended, Yoshi and i
were able to start out at the far corner of the dirt parking lot and
have at least 50+ feet around us be completely unoccupied. He
initially did a whole bunch of sniffing to check the place out (and to
work out some stress) and then he started to pick his head up.where
which we immediately started on LAT. Initially he was pretty
tense but since the scary dogs where a distance away (like 200') he was
willing to play. We worked our way a little close to the covered
arena but didn't approach very close the first time. Then I put
him away and Trek and I ran a course. When I got Yoshi out again
he seemed more relaxed and I let him watch dog's play in a nearby
enclosure. Then when the way from the parking area to the arena
was clear we walked to the side of the arena, but still remained
outside, all the while playing LAT. We then walked around the
outside area and watched the dogs warming up. There was a lot
more activity here and he was scanning a lot. We were ok till a
dog and handler suddenly emerged from a nearby RV and he started to
bark and lunge. We retreated and in time he recovered and was
able to go back to LAT, even on the dog he was barking at.
I put him away again and later in the day I took him out and we walked
over to the arena. It was during a break so there wasn't a lot of
activity, so I carried him into the covered area to where Terri and her
mom were standing talking with Debbie. He was able to eat treats
from them and didn't freak out about the environment even though he was
plainly over threshold so we didn't tarry long and left while he was
Last time out there were fewer dogs around and I was able to walk him
down the covered area beside the ring and he was fine. Even let a
large Weimeramer walk by (I was sheilding him but he could see the dog)
and he just continued LAT. What a guy. Our little twit is
in danger of being less so. I think we're going to have to make a
habit of bringing him to agility trials. This location is
particularly well suited especially when attendance is relatively low.
Sat Jan 12
We all went to Paul's (Terri's brother) house in Elk Grove for dinner
and then to watch him in a play. The dog's were very well behaved
and Paul's wife Mary even let them out while we were gone (she
mentioned she might), and they cuddled with her while she worked.
They apparently were model citizens. I almost wish they weren't
sometimes so people could see how non-angelic they are capable of
Fri Jan 11
Trek agility class. (Will add this entry).
Thu Jan 10
Trying to decide on what Yoshi and I should be working on.
1. His uncued default behavior of sitting and looking up at me needs to
be stronger as it goes away when he's distracted, worried, stressed or,
it appears, sleepy. He was in danger of losing his Corgi card
AGAIN, while he wandered away while both dogs and I were working on it
in the kitchen. His excuse was "It's bedtime" as he hopped into
bed. Meanwhile Trek was sitting expectantly the whole time
staring at me and willing me to give her more. I was feeding them
dried liver which they like. I think it's pretty clear that it's
Trek who will be going to Kathy Sdao's Advanced Clicker Training
Seminar whenever it finally gets here. Just looked on her site and it's reminding me that I should buy the Cujo meets Pavlov video.
2. I've been so focused on calming him down that I don't have a way to
excite him besides letting him see a dog or a squirrel. He'll
play games like fetch and a little tug, but he is working during
these and doesn't jump in with complete abandon. McDevitt's Off
Switch game involves getting your dog excited and then having them sit,
down (cued) or offer their uncued default behavior on their own.
I suppose I could just knock on something as knocking usually sets him
Wed Jan 9
Took Yoshi for a noon walk which is something I hope to do more of now
that he's getting the idea of LAT in various contexts. We
actually can easily go on a noontime walk and not see any dogs so I was
using other opportunities like walking people, and bounding
children. Right when we start out, he's almost always very
uncertain and scanning pretty intensely, but relaxes a little after
about 1/2 a block. He did bark at a fast moving person so i
turned him around and walked further away, and then turned around to
try LAT, still too close as he was growly barky so we backed off more.
He's been starting to use the click or marker word as a reason to
stress and look around, so during the walk every so often I would just
say "Yes" and treat him for no reason at all. This clearly bugged
him as he couldn't find a trigger and was worried that there was a dog
that he didn't see (poor guy). I also stopped for a little while
on Central Ave. just to work on sitting and staying. He was still
stressed but having something to do did seem to relax him.
One thing that completely surprised me was that I started playing LAT
with him on a person who was about 1/2 a block away walking down the
crossing street. He was all for the game and we played it all the
way up to the corner though we could still see the person. What I
didn't see initially is that person had a dog with her and Yoshi didn't
react to the dog though he must have seen the dog. Now granted
the dog was walking away from him which is a calming thing for him but
he likely saw the dog much earlier.
Maybe there's hope.
For now during these short winter days, I think I'm going to take him
out of obedience class and just work on his behavoral issues during the
daylight. I really want to focus on the behavioral training as,
in Feb, I'm going to be taking him to see Kienan who is Leslie
McDevitt's former assistant (pictured on page 40) and who now lives in
Mon Jan 7
Wow, big success
with Control Unleashed methods. Cathy once again
came over with her dogs. I have Y&T in the LR crates and hers
were in my expen. When Cathy brought in her dogs Jesse and Abby I
was beside Yoshi's crate nearly raining cookies on his head like
McDevitt describes on page 134 and also throughout the "Nights" 3 and 4
chapters (I was able to do more rapid fire treat delivery though at one
point when they were walking near him, I did start dropping them on his
head which is a nearly surefire Corgi distractor.) What surprised
me is how calm he was. He was a little stressed and very
watchful, but very quickly started offering LAT once he realized that
it would work in this context. At no time did he bark and
lunge. Throughout the evening I hung close to his crate each time
Abby and Jessie needed to move out of the expen and we played
LAT. It was a strangely calm evening though it took a lot of
effort to make it happen.
Again I didn't have him interact with her dogs. I used to think
that he wanted to interact, but he doesn't seem that compelled to
beyond wanting to control their motion and once food alternates entered
the game he didn't seem interested in them at all. Not having him
interact would never have occurred to me except that McDevitt writes
that some reactive dogs are stressed by not knowing if they're going to
have to interact with a dog or not, so she suggests just not having
them do so.
Now Yoshi is very doggy and once he's relaxed he really does want to
meet other dogs so I have to come up with a way to balance that.
I think for him it's best with dogs and situations he knows like
obedience class or watching agility class, rather than some random dog
on the street.
Sun Jan 6
Trek got to ride in the new dog car today to go to the vet and get a
rabies shot. I have some tie downs on order, but I have one from
the truck so I was able to fashion it to work. The Scion has some
really nice tie down rings in the back and there's plenty of room for
the two crates and room for 4 crates actually so Mark and I or Patricia
and I can easily take all of our dogs somewhere.
Took some soup over to Mark and Jan who have been under the weather and
got to visit with Cooper and cutie puppy Cameo who's now 16 weeks and
Finally made myself stop whining about the writing style of it and
actually work with Yoshi on Karen Overall's Relaxation Protocol.
I got out his mat and let him lie down or sit on it. For the most
part he lied down. I unfortunately don't have an online copy of
the RP to reference (it's about to be published again so I don't want
to tread on any toes) but it you're a member of the Control Unleashed Yahoo Group
you can download it from the Files section. He's had so much
obedience training that Day 1 was no problem. I see that on Day 2
the jogging in place will cause some stress for him so I'll have to
introduce it slowly.
Sat Jan 5
I had the opportunity to experiment more with Yoshi and male visitors
as Terri's contradance band was rehearsing here and their fiddler is a
guy. Just before he came in I put both dogs in the living room
crates and just before he came in I started feeding Yoshi EVO kibble
(works well as treats). One at a time through a small opening
through the zippered top of the Noz to Noz crate. He barked once
at Rick and then decided that the food was better. As Rick moved
around Yoshi would stop to look at him, then would go back to eating
and even volunteering the Look At That game.
Then Rick moved towards Yoshi and I and Yoshi, startled, growled/barked
for a second then desisted and resumed eating and LAT. I'm
thinking this is what was going on with Scott. Yoshi is reactive
to motion towards him that he finds somewhat threatening. It's
not his vision, I've had his vision checked and while he does have
retinal dysplaysia it doesn't affect his vision. Besides he sees
squirrels way up in the trees.
I think the poor guy has conflicting primary directives. 1. Be
Protective of the Pack by sounding the alarm quickly and be willing to
defend it 2. Be a chicken.
No wonder he's messed up.
to Trek. You know you really need to do you dog's toenails when
they start chewing on them. That's what she'd doing in the
My short little aside of Trek's appalling coprophagia (poop eating)
habit did get notice, so I should probably talk about it more.
Unlike Cali, Trek doesn't eat her own (Cali was on a high fiber diet
which made what came out too similar to what went in - sigh). Also
unlike Cali, if I tell her to Drop It or Leave It she does. She
sneaks it when I've missed picking up a bit of poop and I'm not
looking (and did so tonight to the point of ignore a recall which
almost never happens). While it's a disgusting habit to us
humans, dogs are
scavengers and are often quite willing to try eating most anything
(often to their detriment.) Also, when a female has puppies she
cleans the whelping area by eating the puppy poop. This is my
completely unresearched theory of why it often is the girl dogs that
the poop. I mostly manage the problem by picking up poop
immediately (I practice agility in the yard and I really hate stepping
in dog poop), and have Drop It
and Leave It commands that mostly work, and also I'm perfectly willing
to race up to them, clamp their mouth shut till I get in a position
that will work, and then drag something disgusting out of said doggy
throat (dogs don't have much gag reflex so you can
jam your fingers partially down their throat if you have to.
more info on coprophagia, Diane at Dog Play has put together a set of links here.
The only problem is that Trek has figured out that she can get away
with poop eating with Terri and I'm trying to teach Terri the "She who
will be obeyed" voice. In the meantime, Trek sometimes looks at
Yoshi as a Pez dispenser.
Fri Jan 4
It's raining bats and frogs here, and Yoshi wants none of it. Mr.
Plush Coat I wouldn't be able to tell if it was raining if I didn't see
it or hear it, doesn't want to go out. Trek the water slut (and a
thin coat for a Corgi) will bound right out there. I finally just
put him on leash and took him out to the front yard where there's less
standing water. He peed but wouldn't poop and didn't all day
until the rain stopped. Now I can insist he go out and he will
without too much sulking but it was raining quite hard for this area so
I let him go back in.
Later on we were able to watch the dog across the street since I was
feeding him kibble. things were going great until some other
leashed dog had the nerve to walk on HIS sidewalk right in front of the
house. My thumb was in his collar and I though I was going to get
it pulled out of joint, his reaction was so strong.
So across the street is possible when armed with goodies. Closer to the house is not ok.
Yoshi's stools are very hard and seem to be making him constipated so I
may switch him back to Wellness from Innova EVO. My hope that
having him on the same food as Trek would make his poop less appetizing
to Trek but that hasn't stopped her. Must be the appeal of that
manly oder. )
Tue Jan 1
Happy New Year
Got the dogs a new car today. A 2008 Scion xB.
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