Training Blog #9- a new plan

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i've been biddy biddy. let me back it up to about a month ago when i took a trip to Animal Rescue League of Boston. Ruh rooo.. what's going on? i haven't been that bad have i??

actually i met Dr. D'Arpino, a veterinarian behaviorist (gulp gulp) who is guiding us in my 'behavior' plan--ookay! well, the appointment didn't involve needles, thermometers, or stuff like that.. all i heard for about an hour was:

blah blah blah TULA blah blah Lots of treats blah blah blah WALKIES GRR GRR at DOGGIES... blah blah blah NEW ROWDY CLASS..blah blah blah SLEEPY..

Then finally someone paid attention to me. Dr. D'Arpino introduced me to 3 doggies with a baby gate between us. A little guy, a medium guy, and a big Mastiff. The Mastiff who supposedly is always calm.. started reacting to me before I even met him- as if!

Anyway, that's when the diagnosis came: she said i am highly reactive due to anxiety and I am not reading or understanding doggie body language especially when calming signals are being used. BUT, my prognosis is fair to very good to be able to interact other pups if I work on these things.

The master plan:

1- continue training class- duh
2- nothing in life is free philosophy. (meaning i have to work for everything)
3- increase mental stimulation- huh?
4- medication to reduce anxiety- we'll give it a try.
5- start training with non-reactive doggies. those who can give me good calming signals.
any volunteers? :)

so... here's how #2 and #3 are being implemented now. Meet Mr. Kibble Ball!
change is hard....is it really necessary?

someone's even got a catittude.until..

ok, i must admit.. i LUV my kibbleball. i start drooling just looking at it:)
maybe this will work- i'll go along with it for now.

The Patriots game is on.. bye!

Click & treat

19 WOO WOOs:

Mango said...

That looks like way too much work. You could starve to death. Watch out for those mental stimulations. They can wear you out.

I'm a reactive doggie too ya know. Same issue. I get wicked nervous and just yell at everything and everybody to stay away. Funny thing is that when I am on my own I am quite docile (like when I went on my big adventure). Go figure. I think momma makes me nervous.


Raising Addie said...


Is that all that humans like to do with us?!

Every day with the training thing. I know, I know... it's so we can be the best dogs we can be, but really?? Sometimes I just want to play. Good Luck with your training! I feel your pain!

Chasing my tale...

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello tula its dennis the vizsla dog hay i am glad yoo mayd frends with yore kibbel ball!!! i hope that this approatch wurks owt to mayk yoo less reaktiv!!! ok bye

Ozzie the OZmonster & Zowie said...

That kibbleball is pretty cool. I wonder if I push Zowie around will food come out of her? Arroooo rooo rooo!

Do you have stairs in your house? If so, I recommend pushing that thing down the stairs....could you imagine the amounts of kibble that would be flying!!!



PS. My work verification is 'obcess'

Eric said...

Hey Tula. Sorry bout the dog doctor. And the medication - what are they giving you? Bet Norwood can help with the training huh? Love your vid with the food ball. I have a wobbler ball sort of like that. Get my breakfast in it every morning. Sort of fun and seems to keep the leggeds amused too.

Wiry loves and kisses Eric xxx

Bruce said...

Wow Tula...your Mom sure LOVES you! Good thing you're worth all this trouble:) That kibble ball sure looks fun!
your pal,
p.s. would you please tell sharon that me & kev are doing just fine without her?

The Thundering Herd said...

Working for food. Hrmph. Why do humans think we would actually do anything for food. Wait, we hear cellophane crinkling. later.

Agatha and Archie said...

Darling Tula..HA!!!!!!!!!! WEll we are your two REACTIVE REACTIVE PALS!!!!! WE know this routine pretty well(the nothng in life is free ect ect) We kind of have that affect on kids in the street as well..When we go walking(and sometites Archie walks a little like Joe Peschi) other dogs will just start going CRAZY when they see us!! hee hee ....Well so what we say.......The patriots game was good9 much better the second half eh??) Love nad kisses your two pals down the street

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I think all of woo need a Siberian to make it all better!



Oh no why was my name on that "volunteer" list.

Asta said...

You suwe make a lovely cowgiwl and I hope those tweats just keep on coming. Maybe it's all the othew doggies that need twaining? Thank you Tula fow that hilawious cawd..I loved it! I love you. Good luck wif twining youw Mama
smoochie kisses

Anya said...

Working for food.... LOL
Funny post today :)))))
Kareltje =^.^=

Sally said...

Oh Tula - working for food? Singing for you supper? I hope it helps. We like your Kibble ball - Paddy had one - he chewed the ball not the kibble. He is a bit funny that way.

We don't react to dogs - wish we were near you - we would join you for walks! Maybe a trip to the UK can be part of your rehabilitation?

Lots of licks
Sally and Paddy

Noah the Airedale said...

You'll get there Tula. Good luck with it.

Love that treat ball. How cool is that!


Gus, Louie and Callie said...

that certainly looks like a cool ball..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

giantspeckledchihuahua said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Tula... Your mom is pretty smart for picking a girl like you!

Cheyenne -Millie said...

A kibbleball! Maybe that is what Monty needs! Maybe he could use a Rowdy Class too!

Brownie said...

Tula, that kibble thingie looks like fun, but as Mango said, it's a lotta work! I hope that everything works for you. My mosmter is going to follow your progress with eagle eyes because she says I can improve as well... what? me improve? huh?!

Cezar and Léia said...

Hello sweet Tula,
Adorable toy! I loved the video, it's so nice to see you happy there, the music is also cool!
You are a lucky girl, your mommy takes good care of you!
You are just adorable and I think everything will be okay soon! That doctor looks nice and smart!
Luna ( and mommy Léia )