I take Syrah for a few kilometres walk/run every morning but the possibility of seeing other dogs and sending Ranger over threshold is too great to take him. Besides that he hides under the bed whenever I produce the lead.
I have started a bit of a routine now that seems to be working. I grab the lead (for Syrah) grab the ball thrower (for Ranger) and go out the back yard and throw it for Ranger for a while. I then take the side gate exit with Syrah for her walk, return through the side gate, snap the lead on Ranger, grab his ball and walk 100 metres to the village green.
At first I started just taking him into the front yard and letting him sniff around, the strange smells, tree’s and path just near our house. We have now graduated to the trip around the corner which has the added reinforcement of being able to play some ball. I’m constantly watching for other dogs and so far it is progressing really well, havent seen one. He is getting more confident every day. We do about a minute off lead ball play and then walk home. He is starting to get excited about it which is the best reinforcement for me to keep going. It’s a great little spot surrounded by cars and people far enough away to not bother him.
Training has been a little slow the last few days. We have done some handling training but the rain has kept the doggies inside and a bit bored. When the rain stopped the doggies had a great run around outside chasing the birds. Ranger will still prefer to chase a tennis ball than the birds but everyone is now happy 🙂
Giving me his paw!
It has been so cold and rainy outside but no excuses! Tonight we did some training on our couch bed watching a movie. Ranger is getting really comfortable with me handling his paw and I’m feeling confident to move on to the other one. Syrah didn’t want to be left out so we did some training with her too, handling around her lower back and tail which she is a little hesitant about. I was surprised to see that she is more sensitive about that than Ranger is about his paws… Always something to work on.
Although I haven’t quite mapped out all the goals or even all the problems I am going to keep his blog going so I can monitor progress, fingers crossed there is some!
I have posted before on some of Rangers issues however in short he is a very fearful dog that has anxiety and lashes out re-actively or very submissively (lies on his back) as his defence.
I am doing an obedience instructor course this year and part of our assessment is a major assignment on behaviour change and a plan for how it was achieved.
There are a few behaviours I would really like to have an influence on for Ranger
1. His behaviour toward my cockatiels. See video here :
2. His behavior when presented with car keys or a lead (hides under the bed)
3. Resource guarding from my other dog (not from me thank goodness).
4. Being able to touch his back and paws without his being fearful: usually get some whale eyes and his nose nudges my hand out of the way.
There is a good change this list will expand but all in good time.
Border Collies Playing
Here is a link to a video of my dogs playing. Im interested in any informed feedback as to if this is positive play or not. The red dog (Ranger) has dog/dog aggression and anxiety with other dogs. With Syrah (the chocolate) he copes with life and although might be a little stressed he is relatively happy.
Well we have moved back to Sydney with a bit bigger back yard, still no 5 acres but more space to have fun and let the dogs run around. Check out my poor attempt at making a video.
Syrah and Ranger having fun training with us