That Does It, You Two — You’re Getting Treats

We humans had liver and onions for supper tonight. With bacon. And mashed potatoes. And broccoli.

There was some leftover liver that didn’t get fried, so tomorrow it’ll get turned into training treats for the furchildren.

Fergus is a master at lungeing. He is obviously not a purebred Cardi after all, but a cross between a panther and a draught horse. He bagged his third trouser leg this morning.

E.g. has been reading up on lungeing tonight. She’s the speedreader. Me, I’m so confused after reading tons of advice over the past week that I feel farther asea than ever. Just give me three to five rules to follow. Preferably ones that don’t contradict one another.

What I’ve read so far is:

  • Getting angry won’t help.
  • Being sympathetic won’t help.
  • Ignoring the problem won’t help.
  • Socializing him with his victim won’t help.
  • Not socializing him won’t help.
  • Praising and treating him when he’s not near any lungeworthy stimulus will help. (How?)
  • Praising and treating him when he is near a stimulus will help. (But only when the potential lunge target is at a distance between 55 feet, where it won’t set him off, and 50 feet, where it will. And I’m to judge this distance how, exactly?)

So the hell with all that. I’m going to aim for much longer activity periods at the dog park, and extensive treat-training sessions at home, in the hope that he’ll be so physically and mentally exhausted that he won’t even see pantlegs, being too busy concentrating on not tripping over his own tired tooties.

And Cai won’t mind the extra liver bits either.

8 Responses to That Does It, You Two — You’re Getting Treats

  1. goodbear says:

    exercise is always something that will help! good for you for throwing that in his agenda! and good observations, as well!

    i’ve been a training assistant with a reactive dog class for a couple years now, and i have to tell you…fergus isn’t the only lunger. cody bear used to be equivalent to a lunger: i think it looked less like lunging since he wasn’t so close to the ground!

  2. lavenderbay says:

    Thanks for the endorsement, Goodbear. I had the idea that Cody didn’t like other dogs; did he jump at people too?
    I started writing you a lengthy reply here, but then decided it would work equally well as an entry on its own — probably for Thursday. Hasta luego!

  3. hello lavenderbay its dennis the vizsla dog hay a panther draught horse miks sownds like an intresting combinayshung i hav herd dada say that tucker is part piranha i am not shoor wot the other part is ok bye

  4. lavenderbay says:

    Hi, Dennis! I have a vision of your mama reaching into the medicine cabinet and murmuring, “Toss the biscuit, James. How many times have I told you to toss the biscuit?” ha ha okay bye

  5. Alyson says:

    Poor James, I can imagine that too and it probably has never happened. Still giggling.

  6. lavenderbay says:

    We are a jolly crew on this blog, aren’t we, Alyson? Hehehehehe…

  7. Gina says:

    The activity will surely help and won’t hurt.

  8. lavenderbay says:

    Thanks for the vote of confidence, Gina! They both seem to have benefited from the resolution so far. And because of the mucky dog park, Fergus has been making the acquaintance of the bathtub, too!

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