The last couple of days have shown the grim side of dog ownership, when behaviors pop up that you wish you could just send away instantly.
Rally class was.. stressful. I wish I didn't even take it. It's packed with 9 dogs in a training room that would be better suited for 6. Marge carried on a lot in the beginning and it was impossible to keep her focus. She snapped at another dog. When she finally did calm down, she wasn't having fun like she does at agility. She did welcome pets from two kids and had a GOOD social interaction with their Border Collie at the end. But, overall, I don't think either of us liked it.
Hopefully it's better next week. If not, maybe I'll just take the monetary loss and drop the class. Maybe I'll go back to Beginner 2 at some point. I can't have her stressed out like that. Down $160 or not, it's not worth having my dog exhibit fear and reactivity.
It was funny, when we got home I went into the backyard and did some agility practice. The life was restored to her. She was exuberant, playful, and happy to be working.
Today I thought, okay, we'll start over. Clean slate new day. Nope - I'm sitting on the couch and she lets out a nice long growl at my dad, who she had just seen minutes before, as he enters the house. I've been working so hard to keep door confrontations from happening, but I guess I overestimated her recent successes.
I hate to sound so down, but I really am. She'd been making so much progress the past few months, peaking at a successful completion of the Canine Good Citizen. Now, in just a couple of days, I'm seeing behaviors that I thought were gone or were never there in the first place.
Maybe I sprang too much on her too fast. Maybe I'm forgetting the life she had before she came here and expecting too much too soon. I thought she'd be ready for Rally - maybe she is - but I'm upset that she had to be in an environment last night that made her uncomfortable.
And, the whole dad issue - I thought it was on the upswing. This one kills me. To have two individuals living under the same roof who are not 100% compatible with each other is a daily struggle.
I can't imagine what it's like having a dog who is comfortable with everyone.