As if I didn't have enough challenges with Peyton's training, it looks like I now have a new one. At our recent open house, Peyton got extremely spooked by gunshots during a field dog demo. It was really bad...I've never seen him in such a nervous, panicked state - he didn't even want to get out of his crate to go home. Then this weekend I took him to an agility fun day at a new location and while we were walking in a nearby field, the sound of the teeter banging sent him in panic-mode. It took almost 2 hours for him to recover enough that I could run him (he did have some very nice runs though). And tonight, just as I was getting ready to take him out of his crate for class...another gunshot in the distance...and a really upset spotty boy. He didn't want to leave his crate until I got Indy out and ran her - then he got very excited and decided it would be okay to play. (Good girl, Indy.)
Until now, Peyton has never had problems with loud noises...fireworks, thunderstorms, etc. - he's always handled them very well. Now, I'm not so sure...I feel so bad for him, but I'm also feeling a little discouraged about the timing - we've been making such good progress lately. After talking with a behaviorist and my vet, I think we're going to put him on some herbals for a few months to see if it might help him cope. *Fingers crossed*. Noise phobias are NOT fun. :(
On a bright note, he's been working very well in class. He's no longer zooming as much as he used to and when I do lose him, I'm getting him back much faster. His start lines have also been improving - he's starting to look a *little* more relaxed.
Not that we don't have other little training challenges to work on - Peyton's table performance is really bad. He's decided that the table is for launching...NOT for stopping. And his down on the table is only good if I babysit - otherwise it's a dosit - 1/2 way between a down and a sit. I've not been very good about correcting it in class because I've been more concerned about our other issues, but I think it's about time I start really working on it.
Here's a little video from class last week and tonight. Nothing really exciting - although it does show off our really bad table performance. :)
Party of Four! | Venice Pet Photography
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