Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Little Victories

We've been walking the dogs a lot lately.  Between the additional exercise, lots of practice, and the opportunity for us humans to notice, Edison has made a ton of progress in walking.


Living with a reactive dog, you learn to embrace the little things (and develop a mantra!) in order to get through some days.


We rejoice in walks where Edison comes across his least favorite dog breed (shelties -- those eyes!) and only pulls -- okay a little lunging! -- but doesn't have a meltdown and comes right back to focus.


Or the walks when a bicycle rides right past us without so much as a glade in its direction.  Or when we chat with a stranger in passing and Edison doesn't jump on them.


What are your dogs' little victories?

9 comments:

  1. Yay for victories and yay for Edison!

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  2. That's awesome Ed!!! Yay you. Our little victories consist of getting from point A to point B without Jake seeing a squirrel or a cat or a bird or a frog or a chipmunk or a fly.

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  3. That's awesome! Sometimes you don't realize for a while that you have made progress and then all of a sudden, on day, you're like, wait a second...this used to be a lot harder! Kind of like getting into shape I guess...

    Norman's improving a lot on his recall lately. He's normally such a putz but I make a huge deal about it every time he come over to me, it's working! He's also gotten pretty solid on the word "uh-oh" if all else fails. :)

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  4. I dream of the day that I say "Remember when Luigi used to so reactive? how he didn't like other dogs and would whine, bark, growl and lunge?" I know that day will come because the growling and lunging is a million times better.

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    1. Trust me...you'll get there! You have done such great work with Luigi already. It is such a slow process sometimes.

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  5. Way to go Edison!! And his humans too :) We have lots of small victories with Luna also. She can walk around the neighborhood with us and doesn't spin/lunge/bark/scream every time we see another dog in a house or yard.When she does get overly excited, she is much more easily redirected. So glad to have had the help of fellow pack walk members in PEDS!! It has made a huge difference!!

    Leah
    (Maya and Luna's mom)

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    1. We know that Edison will probably never be non-reactive and that we'll always need to be vigilant with him. Being able to redirect quickly is so much more important to us than removing the behavior completely.

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