Saturday, December 17, 2016

We're Back!

Hey everyone!  I have been away for awhile, a lot has happened in the past few months.  I accepted a position with the TSA and had to go away for training.  I've also parted ways with my punk band and was pretty depressed about it.  But Delilah and I are back for the new year!

Not much has happened in terms of training and behavior- we still work on obedience and tricks, but nothing too exciting.  Delilah's reactivity towards strangers continues to improve but I haven't seen much of change in her compulsive behaviors.  We're going to talk to the vet about increasing her fluoxetine.  I might do another training session with the trainer we had been working with.  Otherwise, after the holidays I'm going to look into private lessons for agility or rally obedience for Delilah and I.  Even if we can't compete, it'll be something fun to do.

I've personally been getting very excited for this new movie coming out in January, "A Dog's Purpose."  I haven't read the book, nor have I even been able to find it in the bookstores I usually shop at.  But the previews look so good, I know I'm going to cry.  The website for the film has a couple of cool activities you can do with a picture of your dog.  Make a movie poster or add your dog's photo (and your blog or social media link) to the site's mosaic of pet and adoptable dogs.

Another exciting thing that will be happening soon is that I ordered an Embark DNA test for Delilah.  I can't wait to see what breeds it detects in her.  It is supposed to be the most accurate and thorough test on the market, and in addition to breed it also screens for over 160 genetic disorders so you know if your dog is affected or a carrier.  We swabbed and sent in the sample already, the results should be up in the next month.  In the meantime, does anyone have any breed guesses for Delilah?