My dogs

My dogs
All together in spirit: Back row L-R Gemma, Maddi, Bruno, Kizzy, Charlie and on front row L-R, TJ, Tommy, Sami, Lotte and Bliss. Maddi is the only one who knew all of the others.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tommy update

Janet returned yesterday to see how we were getting on with Tommy and his training. Phew - we got a pat on the back each, including Tommy.
He has been much happier and when Janet came into the house, he didn't even bark at her; he actually looked pleased to see her.

So, we progressed to seeing if we could let Lotte loose with him for a while outside. Armed with a supply of home-made water bombs - (before we get reported to the RSPCA, this is just a small amount of water tied up in a nappy bag) - we let her loose and when she went near Tommy, if he growled, we threw a water bomb towards his feet. This stopped him straight away. Lotte stayed out of his way most of the time and as it was pouring down with rain, Tommy really didn't want to do any more of this - he doesn't like getting his feet wet or spoiling his hair !! He just sat down. Tim and I have to do more training with this before Janet returns in 2 weeks.

More progress inside - Tommy came into the lounge with us and Janet and behaved. He even went up to Janet and took treats out of her hand - huge progress. Just one point he was a bit iffy when she waved her arm after giving us a piece of paper, but a quick "BAH" and he sat down again.
We now have high hopes for Tommy. It will take time with him, we know that, but Janet could tell how much more relaxed he was - huge steps in a short time. If you need help with your dog, you couldn't go to anyone better than Janet !!

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