We talked today about the “honeymoon period” which is particularly relevant to rescue dogs. When they are re-homed, for the first few days they behave extremely well, but once they feel more confident and settled, they start to exhibit behaviour which hadn’t been obvious up till that point. New owners are often surprised that they have what would appear to be a butter-wouldn’t-melt dog who suddenly starts to misbehave.
I have that dog today! We have been taught to use a “first command, second command” system. first command is pleasant. if the dog doesn’t respond to that command, the second is done with a harder voice and a correction.
Today, jasmine has been doing everything on second command. I feel sorry for her really as in a way today has felt quite negative, but its the only way she’ll learn. I feel as though I’ve been on at her all day.
This morning we did more traffic work, including having a car drive across the pavement in front of us whilst walking along. This was the last traffic session we’ll do and I’m not sorry as I felt Jasmine was losing momentum with constantly being driven at. That sounds awful and in reality it is very controlled even though the dog doesn’t realise it!
This afternoon we went back to mapperley Top where we did more crowd work. jasmine was a lot steadier and apart from a minor brush with a wheely bin on a narrow stretch of pavement she did well.
This evening I took her to the restaurant whilst we ate our evening meal and apart from some initial sniffing, she was very good.
She’s snoozing happily in her bed now.