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Teddy’s First Day

By on Jul 1, 2014 in Dog Stuff | 0 comments

For those that don’t already know, Teddy is a 2.5 year old Flat-Coated Retriever. He’s almost 70 lbs and is a whole lot of dog. He also has cancer so we weren’t quite sure he’d even be here to come along on our trip. Our decision to pursue Eastern Medicine options seems to have paid off with a currently thriving young dog but cut into my time and money and effort for prepping Ted for the trip regarding training/acclimation. I’m not sure how well it’s going to go over to play the cancer card against general unruliness. “Sorry he’s humping you! He has cancer you know!” I’m hoping I can use the people’s confusion to make my getaway, “Huh? What does that have to do with him peeing on my truck??” – yeah, Idon’t know, bye! So, we are figuring it all out on the road. Things That Are Good Teddy is being trained with positive reinforcement methods. That means people smile at me when I work with him because we look happy together. No mad faces, no yelling, no droopy tail. It also means he has a number of default behaviors that come in handy, particularly Relax on a Mat. Teddy is also generally a pretty quiet dog. I’d like to attribute that to my training but that might just be his nature. So far, a few woofs here and there but other dogs have been barking more so we’re good by comparison. What We’re Working On Lots of stuff to work on, of course, but the big one for today is riding in the motorhome. Teddy can’t be loose because he will try to come up front to be with me or he will get into stuff or kids will say, “Hey, he’s stepping on me!” and it will be a big pain to sort out. Plus, he should be secured for safety. Thanks to my friend Barbara’s suggestion, we realized we could fit his giant crate in the entry area so it would be very similar to how he goes into the back of the car and right into his crate: Problem is, the step up and angle into the crate is very steep. We’re not...

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