We're just chilling out at home tonight. It's cold and damp here in New York, and the forecast looks even worse for the next few days. Fingers crossed that it clears up by the weekend and we can go hiking again in the woods.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
A very, very brief recap of our day.. I know yesterday's post was long enough for the entire week!
- Couple of walks, some better than others. She heard a sound that sounded a lot like a firecracker (though I know it wasn't) and it spooked her, but she recovered. That is a very big improvement over how she was over the summer. Scared of people/kids (and especially kids screaming), but, again, she recovers while on the walk instead of pulling like crazy to get home automatically.
- Doing some new noise desensitization using good ol' Youtube. I didn't think noises originating from the computer would scare her since the sound is localized, but I'm going to try it anyway. First sound.. smoke alarms!
- Spoke to the vet, he said the blood work was very good. Gave me the OK to try 5-hydroxytryptophan. I'm still thinking about it. Definitely going to put a better plan in place for the warmer months, he said we'll discuss it more in the spring. If I go ahead with the 5-HTP, he and I will talk again next month.
MargeBlog started in early 2009 as a training journal for my newly adopted, skittish Lab mix, Marge. Marge's world was small back then; her fears really limited the things I could do with her. Aside from trips to the park and attending beginner training classes, Marge was mostly a stay at home gal - not because either of us wanted her to be, just because the demons from her unsuitable upbringing continued to haunt her.
Slowly, the fear diminished, her world grew. Now, Marge is a fun-loving, squirrel-chasing, winning Agility and Rally dog who accompanies me to a wide variety of places. Here, you will frequently find detailed training updates, snippets from Marge's every day life at home, and photo-filled posts detailing our many outdoor adventures.
This is more than just a dog blog - it is an actual look in to what one shelter dog's life ultimately became when she found her first and forever home and began to blossom.
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A rescue from Georgia bounced around from shelter to shelter and state to state with her siblings, Marge did not have the luxury of living in a home - my home - until just past her first birthday. A life behind bars had taken its toll on Marge, whose obvious fear of people, noise, and city life in general left a lot for her to learn about how to get by in New York.
Marge is a different dog now than she was back then. It took years of new, positive life experiences, but her fears, which used to consume everything we did, are now only one theme in a great big book of adventures.
These days, Marge enjoys going to training classes, taking trips to agility trials, having play dates with friends, and eating anything that's even remotely edible - not bad for a dog who spent her puppy days in cages.
My time with Marge has been a learning experience for which I am ever grateful. As my first dog, she has taught me and continues to teach me so much more than I ever imagined about dogs, training, and behavioral/fear issues. She's a fun dog with a sense of humor who loves life and learning.
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