It’s been a while I know, but there have been many issues that have kept me away…
Not least the constant rain and flooding affecting my home and garden – none of which is covered by my insurance. The estimates for repair are huge and as you can imagine – happy blogging was not on my agenda. And there will be no pictures of the damage – I hate my home looking like a building site. One day it will be sorted out – if the rain keeps off!
Add that to my trusty laptop giving up the ghost which meant that I had to get a Windows 8 machine – that’s been a bit of a learning curve and I’m still having problems uploading photos from my Android mobile – they are always the wrong way up!
Alfie had an accident a month ago – my daughter came home in the middle of the day to check on the dogs and found him with a large cut on his hind leg exposing the muscle. The vet kept him overnight and stitched him up but he has had to lead a very quiet life while it heals…
He has been proper poorly! He says…..
Also managed to decorate my bedroom – that was long overdue – and its amazing how a lick of paint and some nice wallpaper can lift your spirits!
That’s the wallpaper – it has glittery bits in some of the flowers!
It looks so different from the purple walls of before, where I had just covered up the previous owners paper when I moved in while I sorted some of the other rooms.
So – this is really a test post – just to see if the photos stay the right way up!
Well it has been a few weeks since Alfie visited the behaviour centre and we have been working hard together to make him feel like a true member of our pack.
He has learnt not to dash ahead when we walk from room to room – although sometimes he needs a little reminder…
He will now ‘Stay’ when told – and providing I don’t take my eyes off him I can get quite a distance from him….. then the mad dash on the command ‘Ok’
He is getting so much better at not rushing to the door when someone knocks but we need a lot more work here…
He walks quite nicely on his Gencon lead – and doesn’t pull when we go out for walks….
he sees another dog, real or garden ornament variety – or a cat – or a bird…… then he goes ballistic, barking and lunging – its really quite a traumatic experience for both of us and quite spoils a walk.
So we are going for short, successful strolls and doing more training.
The aim is for him to listen and look at me on command when we are out…. this will probably take some time but I am determined!
Alfie is just dog tired…….
Well, it was bound to happen, Alfie’s crazy behaviour around other dogs whilst out on his lead had just become altogether too much!
Professional help was required as I was running out of ideas – and most of the time he didn’t listen to me anyway…..
I searched the internet and emailed a few companies who professed the ability to help me. Two companies answered my email very quickly and one of them was quite close to home. I explained my problem and an appointment was made for 10.00 a.m. this morning.
The ladies at AMK9 were very interested in Alfie and his behaviour, they took him into an enclosed field on a long lead and observed his behaviour, as other dogs were brought out on leads and taken past young Alf on route to the next field for their ‘doggy day care’ exercise.
An hour later I came away with one tired dog and lots of information on how to help my lad to take his proper place in society, he needs to learn that I don’t need to be protected from every dog he sees and that he doesn’t need to ‘see them off’ whilst trembling like a leaf inside!!!
I think we have a lot of work to do but I am confidant that when we go back to AMK9 Alfie will be a lot less stressed and more able to cope with other dogs….
Watch this space!