Anyway.. News update.
I had huge plans to start Pixel on channel weaves and some plank work for her contacts over Xmas. Rain and bad weather put paid to any outside training, and the spare room that has the plank in was full to bursting with Xmas decoration boxes so couldn't be used.
So I've concentrated on control games with her. I have been working hard on her wait in all situations. Even on walks any opportunity I get to do a wait with exciting things going on I do. It seems to be paying off and she has more self control in this situation.
She also has to sit and stay on her mat while I prepare food ..this she finds hard but we are getting there. She also has to sit and control herself when we have visitors. She is so "me, me me " and throws herself at visitors, jumping about 10ft in the air often landing on one of the other dogs, and growling in the process. It was totally insane and out of control..so now she is made to sit and invited for the attention...very much work in progress :-)
I have also been doing more Obedience bits with her. I find I have to keep her busy active mind and body occupied all the time, if not she just gets into mischief constantly .
Its almost impossible to have her in the lounge with us while we have a quiet evening. All the other dogs are beautifully settled, but she just doesn't settle at all. She bounces from one sofa to the other, annoys the other dogs and is just constantly on the go. We had her in the lounge a couple of days ago. We tried hard to watch the film and occasionally she settled with a bone or Antler. Steve was sitting on the floor and suddenly he heard a chewing noise, in a flash she had started to gnaw our brand new expensive coffee table :-(Steve was sitting literally next to her !!! Steve went slightly ballistic, as did I. At that point I think I would have cheerfully given her away to anyone who had knocked on the door !! However I actually think she knew this time she had done wrong because we actually had an hour with her quietly laying next to me on the sofa after that :-)
She has completely destroyed ALL the kitchen chairs and we are now down to 2 !! They wont have long to go either. I have bought 4 new ones to take their place when and if she stops chewing !!
Walks have also become more of a trial. She has now found that chasing birds is a great pastime !!! And she now herds us constantly. She is still very into other dogs and wants to rush up to greet any dog big or small. I have taken to putting her on lead if I see an unknown dog approach as she has no manners with them and will jump on them as she does with her own pack, and I don't want her hurt. Once she's calmly said her hello, I let her off and she can play if the other dog wants. I don't want to discourage her friendliness with other dogs at all, but equally I don't want her launching at them
Life with Miss Pixel is VERY hard and VERY stressful and I often think about her brothers and sisters and how their owners must be coping. However I do think if she had been an only dog or maybe with a singular older dog, things would have been different. We have had her in with us on her own and she is much calmer and less excitable. My other dogs have always played with her and encouraged her lunacy really.
I actually want her to come into season soon. I am hoping she will then start to mature and settle ? Who knows ?? Is that just wishful thinking ?
Here is a video of her at Obedience class last Thursday. I am thrilled with her style and as she has become stronger so has style :-) Still loads to work on. I have also uploaded a little video of her on our wet and soggy walk yesterday with the birds.
I have made the decision to stop training Boo at Agility classes for the next few months. She doesn't enjoy the indoor venue, its filthy dirty and she gets so clogged up in wet sand and mud , and although she is so much better than she was last year after her fright, she still isnt quite there !! If she was loving it I would put up with the sand, mud etc etc..but for a dog that isnt that bothered I don't see the point in spending money on classes, travelling to training and then the clear up after :-(
I will possibly return when training restarts outside in late Spring, but I will just see how we are going. In the meantime , once my field is useable again, I will just train her on my own in my field.
She is never going to set the world alight and she is such a contrast to Pixel. Obedience is definitely where she excels and what she enjoys. Obedience is not my first love though :-(
This year I am just going to do small local agility shows and the odd weekend show. I will definitely do a couple of week long shows up north as I so enjoy them as a holiday as much as anything. They are so nice and chilled and relaxed too :-)
I will also enter a few more localish Obedience shows for Boo -)
Disney is still doing so well. He now has some new medication from the vets and I think this is definitely helping him as he seems more relaxed generally :-) He is now 5 months off his 18th Birthday. I would so love him to celebrate it if possible.
I have also started him and Woody on Cannabis Oil..yes thats right Cannabis...lol.
This was on advice from someone and after reading all about it I felt I had nothing to lose. It is rich in CBD, a substance known for a multitude of medical benefits including relief from stress , anxiety inflammation and pain and is particularly good for ageing dogs. There are many studies using this on the internet, so have a google . They have been on it 2 days and are on the starting dose at the moment gently leading up to the full amount. I will report back in a month and let you know how things are :-)
So please place a comment if you are reading this :-)