Zumi still loves me! Soft turns were started on her running dogwalk training without much of an issue so far. Considering I never got Vito to hit as deep as I wanted on soft turns this is a big deal for me!
The non dogs of the house have been giving me more grief lately.
First Kitty has discovered how the doggy door works. Only took 8 months! It only goes out into a small potty area for the dogs. But it apparently needed to be a little more cat proofed. Hopefully it's fixed now, unless he decides he can climb the fence. He did make his first kill, a little vole, which I find impressive considering how small the yard is. And a little stumped since he was extremely unhelpful with the mice problem we had this last fall.
And then there's our ratties. Penelope can not be stopped from climbing the xpen. Main method I've been using to discourage her is to try and shake the pen as soon as I see her attempting the climb. She is fast. And now she likes to hang on like it's just a wild ride and refuses to let go.
Then I tried the squirt bottle. This definitely annoys her but Penelope is determined. Now I have a very wet rat who suddenly climbs faster and more determinedly.
The only good side to the water bottel strategy is that it makes her next climbing attempts a bit harder as her paws are wet.
I suppose Vito is back to "normal" from our scrambling in July. He resumed going to work with me and after some initial worked up days Vito seems to have settled back into the routine. Overall fairly calm at work again minus his usual difficult times and difficult events of the day.
As expected, Vito's car anxiety has also started to creep back up. Initially going back on Clorazepate was helpful, but now Vito thinks morning car rides are panic worthy and evening car rides are ok. So this week I've decided to increase his Clorazepate to his old dose, up to 11mg.
Interestingly his separation anxiety seems to have lessened a bit. Not so much that he can actually be left home alone of course. But I have actually been able to leave him inside the house while I go outside with Zumi to train. Small victories.
Zumi's 10 month video!
On the positive side it makes Vito look downright masculine next to her, for the first time ever in his life.
Much improvement with Zumi's running dogwalk work. It was a brutal last 2 weeks as we dropped all the way back to 2 flat planks and yet Zumi was still not getting the concept of targeting the last 30in or so of the board. If anything we had purposeful flying over the lava zone. Partly complicated by her toy switching issue. But sadly not all blame went on that ( And then miraculously she threw me a bone and decided to go back to running normally. And even started to do some little stride adjustments to hit!
So we went back to the baby dogwalk height and started backchaining that again. Only one lesson so far with it. You can see we have done the tiniest bit of turn training on it too.
Hopefully future sessions will show greater improvement when we keep adding speed.
In Zumi's channel weave training she has progressed to finding the entrance from almost anywhere, with speed on the approach. Starting work now on adding in my movement pulling away or crossing. It's not too hard for her since the channel is still fully open so running through only takes about a second. Thinking I'll fade the toy being thrown ahead and do some rewarding from my hand now before I make the channel smaller. Weaves are the thing I practice the least with Zumi so it might be awhile before our next progression.
Resuming scent article training this month! This time with the boys. I know they already know it, but I decided to pretend they didn't and start from the ground up with a different method that looks very different from their traditional send-sniff-retrieve pattern.
Quick Corgi update! Lance is doing well. Attitude is up and he doesn't know anything is wrong. I haven't been having him do any spins or complex moves so I can't really judge how his (mild) vertigo is going, but the good news is I haven't seen any little stumbles or anything. I've been letting Lance go the park as long as the tollers aren't doing any fetching which could cause corgi crashes.
Ears mostly match! Both sides slightly back from his normal carriage. And since he doesn't have any control of them they have a funny flop when he runs!
On the right side (the original) his eye can dilate pretty well now. Left side not so much. Smile about the same.