11.19.11 Chazz & Adopted Mom Start Training -WooHoo!
As I’ve previously posted, Chazz while he loves men, women, kids, does not hold his furbros in the same esteem. Translation, Chazz is Dog/Dog Reactive. This has hampered our walks in the park, and just generally been inhibiting to his life overall.
I recognized this soon after he came home to live with me. ChazzTheDog is smart, and handsome, loving, and cute as a button – but he imagines himself as a large dog trapped in a small body..and he’s just not havin’ it!! (Note: I verified this in reading up on his breed mix, and finding this right in the literature)
So, I have been on a journey to get him training for some months now. I “audited” several training classes offered near & far. I eventually picked out and arranged for Basic Training. The day of the first class as we waited for instructions to go to the site of the class; Chazz got out of his new collar & leash (purchased for class) and ran over to engage in provoking (read barking, growling, leaning in..but no biting or contact, thank goodness) another dog easily 4 times his size that was walking by. This incident ended badly, and I was so upset I was unable to get us to the class – & simply drove home.
Well, I’m happy to report that that situation has finally changed. Let me start with the fact that as new or inexperienced dog owners we need to be educated. So to that end, my local independent dog store, Blue Collar Working Dog was hosting a 3-Hour ” Pack Leadership 101 Seminar” delivered by Urban Dog S.T.A.R. Dog Training. I along with my roommate, the previously mentioned “Uncle Bill” went on a Sunday evening, sat on some not the most comfortable chairs, and to the tune of a $40.00 couples fee, learned & gathered all sorts of valuable information about dogs, dog behavior, training tips, and probably most importantly insight into our dogs & the challenges we were faced with behaviors we were unhappy with & wanted to change…yesterday!!! This information was delivered in a relaxed, sometimes humorous, easily understandable way by Tanya, Dog Trainer Extraordinaire – & I believe everyone got their money’s worth.
I am not going to detail the seminar’s content. I encourage you to go to the website linked above. I do want to say that one of the most important things I got was that…it wasn’t my fault. I want my dog to be a happy, well adjusted dog who can do all the things dogs do sniff, go for walks, visit friends, eat, nap, play…and that wasn’t the case. And I didn’t have the knowledge or skills to fix that situation. And I felt like a bad adopted dog mom. Well not anymore.
Chazz & I had our first inhome training session with Tanya. It was good. I learned much, and Chazz had his little doggy world turned upside down for 2 hours. But he did well, and we both survived the whole thing, and it didn’t cost an arm & a leg. I am looking forward to the next training session. There is a plan in place now to help Chazz learn new patterns and to correct problem behavior.
And you know what, it’s not Chazz’s fault either. He was not given guidelines in his first three years, he had to fend for himself. Anyone who knows me or even sees me with this dog knows I adore this little guy. Now, I have a renewed positive outlook that he is going to be helped. (yes it will probably get worse before it gets better) But in the long run he will be a happier, healthier dog living a great doggy life.