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Postby pitbullmamaliz » July 19th, 2009, 8:29 pm

So Inara does not like being unsteady on her feet. I think I made it worse a couple years ago when we took an agility class that didn't really introduce obstacles, but just kind of said, "here they are, have at it." I took her right up and over the see-saw and she was petrified when it moved under her feet. Refused to go back on it. Since then, she doesn't like things moving under her feet, or being on unsteady/slippery surfaces.

We have a little playground across the street from us, so tonight we went over there. Just for fun, I sat partway up the slide and clicked/treated whenever she touched it with her nose. Then she progressed to putting one foot on there. Then she put both front feet on. I was pretty thrilled because it's a stainless steel slide and very slick and noisy. So I was happy to leave it at that and got off the slide. That little crapper of a pupper jumped with all four feet onto the slide and tried to run up it! Her nails were making a horrible sound and she was scrabbling all over it trying to keep her balance. I couldn't help it, I laughed. And as soon as I started laughing she paused and then did it again! She kept doing it, her tail just waving, until finally I called her off of it.

It was so funny, but also a really good breakthough for her. Like I said, she's very weird about being off-balance so for her to do this all on her own is pretty cool. :D
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Postby BigDogBuford » July 19th, 2009, 8:37 pm

Sounds like she had a great time telling that slippery slide *exactly* how so was going to dominate it! :giggle:
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Postby Jenn » July 19th, 2009, 9:42 pm

Yay for Inara, and having fun on a slide! :)
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Postby maberi » July 19th, 2009, 9:56 pm

Lol, those small achievments are awesome for dogs!!! I wish I could have some success like that with Karma
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Postby TheRedQueen » July 19th, 2009, 9:57 pm

It was a good day for Inaras! 8)

This is why I :heartbeat: clicker training! WTG Liz and Inara!
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Postby Hundilein » July 19th, 2009, 10:11 pm

Yay! I love taking dogs to playgrounds and clicking for interaction with equipment. It's so much fun!
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » July 20th, 2009, 7:27 am

It was fun - unfortunately the only other playground equipment is swings. And a bench. But she's okay with jumping on that and lying down.

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Postby iluvk9 » July 20th, 2009, 8:30 am

Oh, Inara! :giggle:
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Postby ArtGypsy » July 20th, 2009, 9:28 am

:dogWink: :confetti: :soExcited: :dogWink: :confetti:

GO Inara!!!!

I bet you WERE thrilled......I think anytime we see a person or animal over come a fear, it feels wonderful...!!

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