I'm hoping it continues to get warm. Last week there was a really gross sleet/snow storm and our Reactive Rover class got postponed. Same with the week before. We are still waiting to start our first class because it keeps getting pushed back on account of terrible weather and icy roads. And then of course a few weeks ago was that monster of a blizzard. I just want it to be spring!
We just moved to a new town. My parents had moved to MA and so we're renting their old house (my childhood home) in Essex. It's so nice, so much space, a big yard. Delilah loves it.
My boyfriend had a friend over last night. Delilah only barked a few times but overall was under control and seemed much more relaxed than in the past. Our theories are she feels more comfortable and less claustrophobic/trapped in the bigger space, it's a new house so she may not be feeling territorial about it at all, and she was wearing her Gentle Leader for the first time during training. I had a leash attached to it for the first ten minutes or so but when it appeared she was relatively relaxed I put the lead on her harness instead. But I've heard dogs have a pressure point on their muzzle that promotes calm and compliant behavior, so I wonder if this tool has an affect on that area.
|Conditioning to wear the Gentle Leader|
Anyways, she only barked a few times but was easy to redirect and was calm and quiet for most of the evening. The friend even brushed past her a few times and she didn't react. This is huge! I'm so hopeful that she will continue to improve!
Lastly, it was my birthday since I last posted. So obviously that means I got some cool Delilah-themed gifts. My grandma got me a dog bed that Delilah loves, where she can go under a flap and stay warm. And my boyfriend got me the greatest gift- an amazing portrait of Delilah!
|Custom portrait by Karin Viko|