sometimes all one needs is a good sleep in one's own bed....
January 9 2010, 9:57 AM
I have MUCH more hope and confidence that Zoey and I can come around. you know, BB1, YOU are in a great place to compare us to when you saw what a mess we were at the tar pits. hopefully you will see me MUCH calmer so as not to rev Zoey UP so much.I learned alot in those 3 days of extra traing)
[note to future service dog people, don't ask your dog to lie down and wait at the tar pits in Hollywood, ok you can expand that to NO laying in tar pits.] she got a bit hyper.(um she was partially getting it from me tho seriously)
I got the REAL scoop on what happened to my dear Zoey.
her trainer(what happens after the puppy raiser)used the technics that Summit feels strongly they can not use due to the clients having inferior(is that how to put it) physical ability to control dogs. It HAS to be almost ALL done with voice. if you recall I was 'popping" the leash like my 1st trainer told me. folks in a wheel chair can not really use a leash to guide a dog around the chair, they MUST rely on voice commands.(an example)
now this next part can be like politics and religion in that people have their own VALID ways to train. I am not putting that down, NO judgements.
but Summit uses nothing but clicker and treats to train.(it takes forEVER that way admittedly). but when Zoey(then Syndi) would come to thursday assessment meetings her behavior was perfect. I take her home and she is nothing like what the director said she'd be or I saw.
this was due to her being um, whats the word when you have been submissife-ied, um do you know what I mean?
and that works in the short term(at least with zoey it did). also they did not take zoey many different places and asked the dog to generalize more than she could.like she knew to follow commands perfectly in 3 places.(and PA ----LEEZE who forgot to train a dog to walk nicely on grass. DUH!!!!
take her to a damn tar pit and all hell breaks loose.(KIDDING!!! that is just not the perfect place to take a dog anyone has had only a couple weeks! there are a million of million year old bones still stuck there think about all she could smell).
so NOW she has come off of a month of firm structured time in all positive ways. she REALLY is more focused.
and you know what THE COOEST thing is???? she has learned to walk on my treadmill to help me get her the proper excersise without reving herself too much like fetching would or racing up and down the park. then ask her to be super calm a moment later. She is a far more hyper dog than what the program would normally graduate. but it just looked like she had calmed down due to her being overly dominated physically right before hand.
I feel like I got what i needed in new ways to handle Zoey with verbal commands and a calmer walker on leash.
The main problem was she was pulling on the leash, getting ahead of me and tripping me too. the 2 worst things you can have happen. I took a few falls one was BAD!)( wheel chair people would not have the issue of being tripped.so that problem was not adressed either ;like it sohuld have been for me).
Oh my I have rambled on. but anyone not interested could have stopped long ago and are welcome to have. I have been caught with my eyes glazing over when it is time to chat up football. (sorry BB1. I try tho)
so all that said? you are gonna see a calmer dog and a MUCH calmer handler(me).
and that zucuzzie was so small we got the giggles, or I did a few times, just trying to MOVE around in it. yes it was a 2 person, but TINY! the room was HUGE tho. LOVED it.Weather was excellent(sorry don't mean to rub it in).
This message has been edited by grapejell on Jan 9, 2010 10:07 AM