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.
wroo.. today another 8 week session of Ruffian's class starts. you know, i'm on the lifetime enrollment plan. but! Paul said NO doggies on the first day! double wroo wroo.. mom has to go &let's see, i will be umm... taking ze napperz!
then time for some bloggie/tweetie pal fun!
Aye, yes tis' talk like a pirate day! (it's an actual day!)
hi bloggiepals,yah..jokes on me.hahaha. ok, whoevah did this .. rainy day or not, bettah sleep with one pie open.
bruce the cat wouldn't do somethang like this. or stumpy or ozball or dexter or kareltje.. i could go on... i am thinking his name couldstart with an N. not sure not sure. i'll get to the bottom of this!
but, after my umpteenth time at ruffian class, guess i should save all this rowdiness for my pals at class today.
I was ruffling through my closets & discovered old family photos. Good to remember my long past relatives-- and see just where my cookie face looks & sense of style comes from.
my great great auntie hula- 1954 she's workin them glasses & a tight curled bang. not a bad look.
great granny nula- 1960 cat eyed glasses- wonder where i can get a pair?
LULA (someonez cuzin)-1964 the beehive & bouffant furdo was BIG back then. watchout the photo is still sticky with furspray.
Auntie Kuma 1970 Power to the people- Auntie Kuma always was a strong akita girl with some strong, natural furdoos.
Peppah Monstah--1994 (distance relative related to my momma) Peppah rocked the mic & gold trunk jewelry.
oh.. family photos say alot! i think i'll stick with this look. try it furself--or for your hoomans http://www.yearbookyourself.com/ (unless there's other things you'd rather do:) it is labor day weekend & beautiful weather)
hi bloggie pals, here's a quick photo of how i greet people at the door. dare to come in? blahahahahahaa.. who needs a sekurity syste...
Tula is a reactive dog. What?
In the book, Control Unleashed, Leslie McDevitt defines reactivity as follows:
Reactivity comes from anxiety, a feeling of uncertainty about something.
It is an information-seeking strategy. A reactive dog will rush toward something or someone that she is uncertain about, barking, lunging, growling and making a big display.
People sometimes perceive reactive behavior as aggression, but a reactive dog is not rushing in to do damage; she is attempting to assess the threat level of a given situation.
Her assessment strategy is intensified because she is panicking as the adrenaline flows through her body.
People sometimes perceive reactive behavior as "dominance" because they view a dog that flies at her triggers as a dog that wants to take charge. This is absolutely not the case.
Reactive dogs are anxious, and their response is intense because they are "freaking out".
Tula has participated in special Reactive Dog-training classes with author of Click to Calm, Emma Parsons and ruffian's class with Paul Emerson. Good News! she has graduated to a 'regular' dog basic obedience class (Good Dog 201) & improving all the time!
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