Kinley’s at college

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Day 4 of college! Kinley’s absence is crushing but I am trying to stay busy and not think!

Left picture: Kinley is on the left and another GSD Coal is on the right. Right Picture: Kinley in the play area!

I spoke with the trainers yesterday which was very reassuring! They reported that she is showing no sides of separation anxiety. She is very smart and is loving the training but is definitely too smart for her own good. They are witnessing the same “give her an inch, and she’ll take a mile” behavior that I do. They are really confident that they can help me understand and help me correct this.

Stay tuned….

Opinions wanted and needed!

Hi Blog Family,ktdk

You all frequently give me awesome advice and insight to chew on. So, I want to know what you think!

I will be traveling for a week in the beginning of May and need to board Kinley at our favorite place, The Dog Knowledge. So, I started to look into the training packages they offer (two birds, one stone). After exploring, they felt it best to do a 4 week live in training program.

It is 1,745.00 (about $62.00 a day) for 28 days. I have been going there for a long time and often when I drop her off for daycare they are training. It is a beautiful, calm, and happy environment. They do 6-10 training sessions a day, 15 minutes of training and 45 minutes of play.

The thought of not sleeping with her or seeing her face for 4 weeks is so daunting but they do allow you to come by anytime to watch training and of course send pictures. I know Kinley is a working breed and I have a feeling she would love it and it would build her confidence.

What do you guys think? Brutal honesty people, I have thick skin.

Timehop

I finally caved and got the app Timehop! If you don’t have it, get it. The first thing that popped up was this video of Kinley and I a year ago training at our local play ground. She was 10 months. So nice to reminisce.

Side note.. take your dog to a play ground and bring lots of treats. Such a great place for training. Lots of “ups,” “paws ups,” “under.” The slide is a bit intimidating but doing new things builds their confidence! Don’t leave on a fail, leave on a confident and successful note.

Settle

IMG_0119Let me explain this photo… While taking a pit stop, we let the dogs out to play. They love each other but get on each others nerves all the time!!! This picture is the result of Jackie (the all black GSD) growling at Kinley. We always put both dogs into settle when the play becomes (what we deem) aggressive or dominate.

It is a time out, in the hope to curb the behavior. I’m sure that most of you who have multiple dogs can relate and have experienced some bad behaviors multiplying or escalating. I suppose it is easier to be naughty when you have a partner in crime.

Side note: Kinley is in a pretty good settle, minus her head angled up in order to see Jackie. Jackie on the other hand is up anticipating being released. Also, Kinley has a long leash on because her recall is a bit spotty sometimes.

Boy, can we clear a dog park!

2014-2015 ;) 308There is nothing more embarrassing then your dog behaving badly.

For the most part Kinley’s behavior is pretty consistent. She was an angel this past weekend at the large dog park. Last night however, we went to a small local park where there were 3 other dogs. Kinley was a little over the top and aggressive. Let out a few barks and as a result 2 of the dogs left within about 1 minute of our arrival. I felt awful and have no clue what was different this time over others times.

 

Remembering the basics

Often times, I feel guiltily about the amount I train or work with Kinley. Last night we went for an off leash walk, working on recall and when returning home we did something similar to the video below. In total, we worked for about 15 minutes.

As we were walking I was thinking and feeling guilty but then I remembered what I first learn in obedience when Kinley was about 4 months old. I was told to work with Kinley for about 10 minutes a day. At the time this was wonderful advice for someone like myself because I was inexperienced but very driven. Personally, I feel bad if I run 1 mile and not 4 or if I only put $300.00 into my savings instead of $500.00. My point is, often times we shy away from things and lose discipline when we already feel like we have failed or lost.

10 minutes is better than no minutes! Remember the basics, don’t beat yourself up, and do your best!