|Luna, 8 months old on a gloomy autumn morning.|
COME GAME - 1 session a day, 40 treats. Intent is to get Luna to come when called with the word 'puppy!'
SIT - 1 session a day, 40 treats. Intent is for Luna to perform a tuck sit, no cue yet.
DOWN - 1 session a day, 40 treats. Intent is for Luna to down with one hip over on the cue 'Down'.
TARGET - 1 session a day, 40 treats. Intent is for Luna to touch my target-hand (hand in fist, index and middle finger extended) with her nose on the cue 'Touch'.
ZEN - 1 session a day, 40 treats. Intent is for Luna to ignore my offered hand with a treat in it for 5 seconds on the cue 'Zen'.
In other news, I've been sloppy keeping this blog up to date!
On the exercise/health front Luna is doing great. We go cycling 5 miles every other day (yesterday we did 6 miles), and on the off-day we do ball retrieves 20-30 times. This means Luna stays until the ball I've tossed stops rolling, then she looks at me and I release her to go get the ball. She loves this game!
Yesterday at the park on our cycling trip, we met a very rude, typical 'I just wanna say hi!' dog. Black, about Luna's size, and he played like a battering ram. Luna's back legs slipped out from under her six times while they were 'playing' (ie. Luna was trying to escape while the dog kept bodyslamming her with an 'I'm having so much fun!' face) and the owners just said 'oh look, they're good playmates!' Uhm, no, they're not. This is the part where I really have to just get mad and not care about other people's feelings I guess, but I didn't want to make them feel bad so I said nothing. I hate when I do that. Luna actually fell once, and the dog knocked her full-speed into my bike twice. Gaaah!
Luna is way too soft when these things happen. It took the second slam into my bike before she made a half-hearted attempt to tell the black dog to knock it off.
Finally, my brain kicked in somewhat and I grabbed the other dog by his harness when he came within reach. The owners leashed him and Luna and I continued on our trip.
Thankfully, Luna's legs are still in good working order, she just has a little chafe on one of her hind legs.
I hope I won't let this go on next time it happens. It's simple, really... 'Could you please leash your dog, mine really doesn't think this is fun!'