Monthly Archives: May 2011
Other than the Lovey-Dovey part of Honey’s new self we really haven’t progressed to the point I was hoping for after this long. So I decided to push a little because Honey recovers fairly fast when she become fearful of something that scares her. (I dropped a shovel on the driveway with a loud crash, she returned within a minute after running off because of it)
The property can be cordoned off by way of a gate into two sections, which works great during winter, dogs can go out to take care of business without getting wet and muddy. That section is under shade, concrete and graveled with direct access inside.
Yesterday, being a no rain day, my Wife and I were sitting under cover in the side yard enjoying a glass of wine with both the gate and the door open. All family members Sid the cat who is the boss, Maggie and Honey were in attendance adding their opinions to our conversation. When all were present and accounted for I closed the gate so Honey had to stay with us all. She handled this new situation by first sitting a few feet from anyone but soon became part of the gathering, ‘course treats helped considerably.
At dinner time we sat down in the normal configuration except this time leaving the door open, Maggie at my wife’s left side, I don’t feed scraps from the table but Maggie gets them from the other person at the table. Sid was still outside watching the activity on the bird feeder from his chair. Honey sitting outside watching Sid watch the bird feeder. Suddenly in walks Ms. Honey sits herself at the table just like its a regular thing and stayed for the entire meal.
I’m now a believer, I guess, in treating from the table. After dinner as we cleaned the table off, she stayed around, not so much helping just hanging out, how cool is that.
Over the last couple months Honey, Maggie and I have been working on Honey’s resource guarding issue. The issue has only manifested it’s self when Maggie needs to walk past Honey’s kennel into the backyard. The three of us have been treating like crazy and it has been working well. The only problem was I needed to be within 20 or so feet of the pass by for Honey to remain calm. I added a que word to the training and at the same time increased the distance, we’re almost up to all I need be is within sight.
I started to write a report yesterday, held it in Draft status then to my total surprise a new revelation showed up this early morning, so trashed the Draft.
A half hour early this morning Honey was sitting at the backdoor, strange, as she normally sleeps in until I wake her. There she sat, fur all combed wearing a big smile, pretty as can be just waiting. All our hard work regarding her issue paid off, I must have caused her to go into heat. She is now in love with Maggie and could care less about guarding anything. All I need do now is to figure out how to keep her loving Maggie after the 20 or so days pass, any suggestions.