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Postby pitbullmamaliz » February 2nd, 2010, 8:23 pm

As Inara and I were taking our evening constitutional tonight, we had the pleasure of encountering an off-leash dog. Looked like a little Norwich Terrier thing. Unfortunately I didn't notice it until it was about 10' away since it was dark out. I saw it making a beeline for us, hollered an un-lady-like word while grabbing Inara's flat collar (she was on her prong and I didn't want her to associate getting pinched with the dog) but then very calmly told Inara to sit. She kind of crouched halfway into a sit while I held onto her collar. The dog came charging up and shoved his nose into Inara's butt. She froze while I maintained my deathgrip on her collar. I used my mad ninja skillz and kicked at the dog (intentionally missing - I just wanted to scare it, not hurt it) and growled at it to go home. It skittered away about 10' and started barking at us. I calmly told Inara to sit again and she actually did so, though every muscle in her body was tensed and quivering. As soon as her butt hit the ground I cheerfully said "let's go!" and gently tugged her away from the dog. She had a great deal of trouble with this and kept looking back, but she didn't bark or whine or anything. As soon as she managed to take a few steps without looking back, she did a great big shake-off and we had a party. I cheered and jumped around and told her what a fantastically smart dog she was. It was awesome. :)

My dog didn't react to another dog (a small one, at that!) charging up and shoving his nose into her butt! Holy crap! I mean seriously, HOLY CRAP!!!
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Postby LMM » February 2nd, 2010, 8:43 pm

Go Inara, it's your birfday! Go Liz, it's your birfday! :D
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Postby ArtGypsy » February 2nd, 2010, 8:53 pm

:wave2: :confetti:
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:bounce: :clap: :bounce:
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Horray!!!!!!!!!!
GO GO GO INARA!!!!!!
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Postby hugapitbull » February 2nd, 2010, 8:56 pm

Inara's growing up, how awesome is that. I'm so proud for you, Liz :dance:
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Postby madremissy » February 2nd, 2010, 9:11 pm

That is fantastic Liz!!! Way to go Inara. What a good girl. :dance:
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Postby amazincc » February 2nd, 2010, 9:31 pm

Woot!!! :D :D :D
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Postby TheRedQueen » February 2nd, 2010, 11:14 pm

WHOOOOHOOOOOOOOO! :cheer:
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Postby pitsnok » February 2nd, 2010, 11:31 pm

yaay! I'm so happy for you! Plus, this gives me hope that someday maybe Degan will do the same!
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Postby Hundilein » February 3rd, 2010, 12:03 am

Yahooooooo!!!!!! That is so awesome Liz! You are doing such a great job with her, and it shows. I love when you get a very clear sign that things are improving.
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Postby Jenn » February 3rd, 2010, 12:42 am

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Postby airwalk » February 3rd, 2010, 12:48 am

Wahoo Liz and Inara...way to go!!!!!
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » February 3rd, 2010, 7:47 am

Thanks all! :D
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Postby TinaMartin » February 3rd, 2010, 10:54 am

Give her giant butt scritches for me!
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Postby Suzi » February 3rd, 2010, 11:14 am

Good dog Inara!!! :woowoo:

GREAT job Liz!

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Postby HappyChick » February 3rd, 2010, 12:34 pm

Awesome job, Inara and Liz! Congratulations!!!
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Postby furever_pit » February 3rd, 2010, 2:49 pm

Great job!!!
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Postby HappyPuppy » February 3rd, 2010, 5:04 pm

Woo hoo - I wouldn't have thought of the collar difference. I use the prong for all corrections (when it's on) and will now reconsider/analyze better!
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Postby TheRedQueen » February 3rd, 2010, 5:37 pm

HappyPuppy wrote:Woo hoo - I wouldn't have thought of the collar difference. I use the prong for all corrections (when it's on) and will now reconsider/analyze better!


That's a HUGE problem with the use of corrections/aversives...not knowing whether or not the dog will associate the pain/uncomfortable-ness with the object in front of them, or with the behavior. :sad2:
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » February 3rd, 2010, 5:58 pm

I have learned that Inara gets ramped up more if I correct her when she's fixated on a dog. I'm sure if I had perfect timing I could pop her before she gets ramped up, but I'm not that good. lol
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