Kirby's mom here-
Well the weather is finally getting nicer here in Michigan and it's staying lighter out later which means Kirby and I can now go to the parks in the evening. I think we both are enjoying that! I have been doing some research on parks in our area where you can walk dogs and I'm finding quite a few! If you'd like to check out some of the parks where we live here is a link to the county parks near us
I have vacation coming up soon, and my hope is to visit alot of these parks with Kirby. I will also start checking other county parks near us too. I am trying to find new environments to expose him too but also keep him safe and although dogs are supposed to leash at all parks of course you run into some that aren't. This happened the other day and I'm proud to say that Kirby stayed under somewhat under control and we were able to walk past the unleashed dog. He did growl but didn't go ballistic. I know some of my followers do unleash your dogs at parks, but if you do, please make sure your dog has a good recall, in all situations.
Rally has been going very good. Kirby's reactiveness has been much better and he is feeling more comfortable in class. Last night a new dog showed up and Kirby went all growly face on him so we walked away and did the "look at dog" game (Thank you Marge for suggesting Control Unleashed!) This was actually our first time at this game and it worked!! Kirby settled down pretty fast and we were actually able to be near the dog with no growly face! Kirby even went up to to this dog's owner for a treat!
We are having a hard time with "close". Our instructor showed me how to work with Kirby to get him "close" but he doesn't like it. You put the leash around his belly area and gently guide his rear next to you. He went totally terrier on me! So I will keep working with him on this, but does anyone who has done rally know another way to teach "close".?
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