A lot happened in today’s lesson and Buddy is devouring everything that he is taught. I am convinced that if this dog had been given some dog obedience lessons early on he would never have ended up in a shelter because he is smart, like lightening quick.
I’ve been taking another one of my dogs to class because she is extremely old and I don’t like leaving her at home unless I have to anymore. So to start with I had to put Jasmine in a crate while keeping a hold of Buddy’s leash and workmen were coming and going using the electricity. Ryan said to me afterwards, your dog just had all of these things going on and he barely reacted, he is a changed dog. Buddy sees the Ozcorp K-9 facility as the land of chicken, schmackos and praise. He leaps into the car when it’s lesson time. He is completely different to when we first arrived and so am I.
Now my plan had been to blow Ryan out of the water with the trick Buddy and I had been practising. Buddy gets up onto a raised surface and he waits until I release him and then he gets the food. Buddy had been completely prepped for this trick.
Before I could start this, Ryan keeps looking at Buddy and says I reckon I could walk him now. You can what now? Lets just say Trishy was blown out of the water. Ryan comes up to me and shakes my hand and he says Hello Trish will you pass me the leash and I will take Buddy for a walk. I passed the leash and Buddy went off with him. My jaw just dropped. The thing was, Buddy didn’t go hesitantly or reluctantly he bounced along beside Ryan and his tail was all puppy wag. You know that sort of wag? Not the slow scary wag but the happy bombdiggity sort of wag. Ryan did this in the first part of the lesson and I could have stopped right there. To see my boy go off with someone and be happy and relaxed with that person, to trust somebody else was just amazing. To see someone you love happy is worth more than anything in the world. I am never going to forget Buddy bouncing happily along with his tail all bombdiggity. Then I thought shit Ryan’s going to expect me to concentrate now for the rest of the hour and I just wanted to keep that picture in my head forever. I got my act together and came back to Planet Earth but you may consider me blown out of the water.
Buddy obviously decided it was up to him to promote all of our hard work this week at home and he took himself off to sit on a platform so he could show everyone that he was willing to wait until I said YES and then come off the platform. Honestly nothing compared to Ryan walking him. I thought yeah cute trick Buddy I’ve just seen a miracle. I did of course reward the poor devil for performing the trick, over and over again because he kept leaping up and doing it again.
Ryan decided that one miracle was not enough so he wanted to touch Buddy while he was on the platform, so simulating a vet visit. I had to tell Buddy he was a good dog unless he stopped looking at me and turned to Ryan. I was crap at this. I was supposed to ah ah him when he turned to Ryan but I was rubbish at the timing. Now this is where I have to learn to come out of my comfort zone as poor old Buddy has to come out of his. To do this exercise I wanted Buddy to wear a muzzle. No no Ryan says it’ll be ok. Ok I say, how about you wear that sleeve thing? No no Ryan says I’ll be ok. Just keep Buddy on a short leash and pull him up if he goes for me. I’m pretty sure red klaxon bells were going off in my head. Now what I have learned from Ryan is that what I am thinking or feeling travels down the leash. So I am doing my best to stay calm. Stop my heart from beating at 200 beats per minute and think I am so far out of my comfort zone I could be in another country.
Buddy did pretty good. Apparently he went for Ryan once but I missed it. Apparently his fur goes up or his back spasms, I missed all of that. I was rigidly staring at Buddy’s face (while trying not to stare in case that freaked him out) so I would be ready the moment his face turned. God that dog is quick.
We went out and we did some leash work and that is all kinds of cool. Buddy has knocked me over twice and he’s hurt my knees and my hips and my arms while walking so I’m really enjoying the leash work. It’s so clever how you can get them to walk right beside you without any tugging or choking or reprimands. All types of cool.
I said to Ryan he had saved my dog’s life. Before Ozcorp K-9 I was keeping Buddy at home and I was terrified that he was going to get out and hurt someone. I was scared for the someone and I was scared for Buddy. I’m so much more relaxed around Buddy now and our relationship is a hundred times better.
Saturday we are going to group. My son has graduated to group. We’re still going to do a few more one on one sessions but we’re off to group. My God people who would have believed it?
Thank you for reading, catch you next time.