KellyR Posted August 27, 2007 Report Share Posted August 27, 2007 Ok, time for a new thread. We seem to be over the initial hurdle. General consensus from most of the communication on BCB and local is that HrrGrr is simply a hardhead who's never been handled. I don't think he's been abused (he doesn't cower or show other fear based behavior). Two short staring experiments have shown me that he's defers to me (eventually) but isn't scared. Day 10, 8-27-2007 A good night last night, he finally decided that the marrow bone and rawhide in his den aren't poisoned and gave them both a try and seemed to enjoy them a good bit. Today was another mixed bag (none of it HrrGrr's fault). As we were heading out to the pentagon, my cat, Arzee, was just outside the door that leads from the kitchen out to the garage. Arzee sees HrrGrr and I trying to get out and moves back, as we exit the kitchen door to the garage, Arzee reaches around and lays HrrGrr's left eyelid open. I swear, I've never wanted to filet an animal SO bad in my life. Anyhow, the other great point was that as I was switching him from his leash to the lead, (just as I noticed he was bleeding) he IMMEDIATELY, without warning or sign, squatted and pooped in the run. I praised him and went to get saline to flush his eye and brought back a treat and some more water as well. And just as WoobiesMom feared, he did scale the fence this morning as I was inside getting more supplies. And just like I planned, he was on the ground with exactly 5 feet of lead. He hasn't attempted it again, which is good. I think he figured out that all the trouble to get over but to still be secured wasn't worth the total effort. So, after the fence effort, I figured he had a good bit of energy, so I watered him again (water for blossoms, water for blossoms) and switching him back to his leash and we took a walk up and down my cul-de-sac. We made three full block passes, and it wasn't dragging (like the early attempts). He was always pulling for his own direction, but he did heel properly about 10% of the time. I tried to be very consistent with his command structure (HrrGrr Heel, *pause* Good boy and HrrGrr Heel -gentle tug-). So 10% is a start. I figure if we take two good walks a day, he might have heeling down in a week or so. Anyone who thinks this is a dog thats scared and that I'm being too impatient hasn't seen him look at me like this. He thrives when I challenge him. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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