Monday, August 18, 2014

Bella had Lesson #2 last week

And she - and I! - did very well. She walks better on the leash and I am getting more comfortable being the Alpha.
But training is exhausting.

Monday, August 11, 2014

The bed covers have arrived

Rectangular bed

Round bed
Even the cats like them.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Bella's training

I finally decided it was time to rein in Bella's "enthusiasm" while on the leash and I also needed her to learn to jump in and out of the car. Up until now she has been afraid to jump in the back seat of my SUV and once there afraid to jump out. She is excellent once she is in the car.
She also still pulls a lot when she is leash walking and lunges and barks at other dogs and people.
So I approached Tracy from Pals Inn Pet Resort for some help. Tracy is a trained animal behavioral expert and dog trainer.
Bella had her first lesson last week and did very well. Within minute, Tracy had her jumping in and out of the hatch of my car. She's not crazy about having the hatch closed though so I pushed the back seats down and now she has the entire back of the car to herself. I put a bed in there for her too.
Then we dd some leash walk training. Again, Bella was a little lady. She walked well for both me and Tracy and she was polite when she met up with other people and other dogs.
So, I bravely tried it on my own Saturday to see how she would do.
We went early because it was cooler and I thought we would run into less people.
I also walked her around the block here at the house since that would be our usual route if this continued to work.
The first two legs of the walk were fine.
There was another couple walking their two dogs about a block away from us and Bella didn't even seem to notice them.
She walked well on the leash with very little pulling and listened to me when I told her not to pull.
Then as we rounded the turn and were heading right I saw a man walking his dog to my left heading toward us about a 1/4 of a block away.
Bella saw him too and started barking, growling, and lunging. It took everything I had to pull her in the direction we needed to go and distract her.
Oh, and did I mention he was walking a friggin' mastiff!!!!!!!!
Yep, Bella wanted to take on a small rhinoceros. 
So we are on to Lesson #2 on Thursday.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Dog bed covers

I think I found the solution to smelly dog beds. Bella has lots of dog beds - one I bought her and several she has inherited from Toby and Jessie. The problem is washing the covers when needed. I have tried putting doggie blankets over them. This worked with T & J but Bella has a mind of her own and for the most part feels that it is more fun to scrunch up the covers and take them off the beds. And washing the actual bed covers themselves is a problem because wrestling the cushions back inside the covers borders on an Olympic event.
But I think I have found a solution.
Nest and Rest Sheets
These covers seem like a great idea. I wasn't sure what size I needed so I emailed the company. Much to my surprise I got a phone call within hours from the owner. She is wonderful to deal with. Very friendly and helpful. I ordered two in red [Bella's color]. I just got word they have been shipped. I can't wait to try them out.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014