Training Blog #5: Whew!

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Whew.. talk about an all work-no play weekend. Puggeash!

Massage Therapy Time
Saturday was my massage appointment. Ok, so massage doesn't sound like work to you... but remembah, I'm what some call a 'work in progress'! People touching me anywhere except my cute black & white cookie head (that's what Lucia's mom said about me
) makes me, how do you say, a little uncomfortable. Don't get me wrong, my mommie has special priviledges... she can give me belly rubs! Other peeps, not so much.

This was my third appointment with
Julie Robataille- certified canine massage therapist. We're working on me relaxing so I can get the big shabang--a full body massage.

There's more I would like to bark about-- Julie is writing a book about her techniques & asked me not to share toooooo much. Although, she has to take puppy steps with me, she thinks I'm something to wroo wroo about! Awww, shucks.

After our session, mom got out the tunnel, this blue tubey thing. Why, why would I want to go through the tunnel when I can easily walk around to get the chicken. Being the problem-solver that she is, mom sprinkled the chicken inside the tunnel too.
Alright, alright, I'll do it! Puggeash!

Wow, she acted like I did somethang spectacular!
For some reason, I was suppose to chase & play with this big bright yellow ball too.
Umm.. not realleee interested.

This lesson was brought to you by the Letter O!
(he he- opps that is not lady-like)

Sunday's Dog Training Class
Wait, that was just Saturday. Sunday was my new (more advanced) class called Controlled Unleashed. Emma Parsons, author of
Click to Calm is the instructor who is basing the class on the book by Leslie McDevitt.

The class is designed for dogs who have a hard time focusing & become reactive during agility competition. However, many of the techniques and games are very effective for me (the non-competitive, inexperienced and not-so-interested in agility stuff). It can have similar results, teaching me to focus (schmocus)
and to think while watching doggies move, jump, bark, and breath in close proximity to moi!

Mom was a nervous nelly for the first class. Puggeash! I am the one with the problem... or am i???? I showed her! Her jaw hit the ground in the parking lot... i got out of the car at the same time, Mya the boxer was getting out. No grrring, no lunging.. i watched, very nicely! EXHALE. Ok, off to a good start! We practiced the DOG IN THE BOX and LOOK AT THAT game and other stuff in class. Let me take a bow right now :)

The second class, which was yestahday, was a toughie. There was some Bull Terrier competition in the next ring so our class had a much smaller space to work in. Close quartahs, if you know what i mean. Some doggies, ok including myself, got a little ruffled. (But, that's why we're in the class) We did the
DOG IN THE BOX game again to practice playing in front of others & getting a default behavior. Suppose to create a start & stop immediate response. Good idea! We did some jumps.. got somewhat distracted. Never watched myself do it in front of mirror before.. in fact, mom thought i was reacting to some other doggie. Nope, it was me!

Class ended with learning how to 'GO TO YOUR MAT'. The mat is to be the place to settle while you wait your turn. Daisy girl, from the previous class is taking it with me. Her mom came over to say, you might want to exit a few minutes early since the next class is already coming in... before you could blink,
We're OUT!

SORRY NO PHOTOS-- promise the next time.



Click & treat


Ozzie the OZmonster said...


Wow! You had such a busy weekend. The whole massage/tunneling for treats thingy sounds kind of fun! Then special training classes---wooo wooo! It sounds like you are making some progress. Can't wait for more pics.


ps--Stop by my blog for an award!

Sally said...

Well done Tula - what a busy weekend - I wouldn't have gone in that tunnel for all the chicken in the world - your training seems to be working - I like the idea of treats though.
Keep up the good work - lots of licks
Sally and Paddy

Agatha and Archie said...

Happy Patriots Day!!! You do have a cookie head!!! tee hee....PL2 wants to know where your massage therapist is becasue she said she knows 2 reactive dogs she would like to take but for the life of us we do not know who she is talking about..love and kisses A+A

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

wow you are really good. Just tell mom you knew all along how to do that you were just testing her..
Oh a message would be nice. Our trainer is taking classes for that..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

We always get confused as to where your comments are. (Well actually it's our thick mom.) Anyarooooo, that tunnel would scare the bajeepers out of ME(BRD). I hate confined spaces.Actually I won't even put my head under a table!
XOXO-BabyRD & Hootie

Asta said...

All those classe and massage and stuff sound so gweat. I think you must be having the time of youw life.
I think you have a ewy pwetty ladylike fuzzbutt
smoochie kisses