Last night K and I went to dog training.
It's a long drive and I always feel rushed. I leave work early because we need to allow at least an hour to get there because of the evening peak hour traffic.
Initially Benny whined in the car all the way but he is much better now as he has realised that the car takes him to good places.
He loves the trainer (who is also the breeder) and greets her like nothing I have ever seen. She is a tough as nails and doesn't acknowledge him until he sits.
Last night we worked on call and recall. It is all about the correct hand signals and body language. I hate to say it but I think I do a better job than my husband. He tends to wave his hands about a bit much and Benny gets all confused or distracted.
We discussed the issue in the car and then when we got home I demonstrated what the trainer and I do and what K does. Then he got it.
I felt like a bit of a pain in the arse. I mean, we are talking about a dog here. Not a child. But I want to do agility training with Benny one day and I need to get it right at the beginning. Dogs are into body language and the slightest change means the intention gets mixed up.
K and I also had a discussion about Benny being off lead. He thinks we could let Benny off lead when we go to a dog park but unless there is a fence around the entire perimeter I am not letting a four month old puppy off lead. Not until he is under voice control. You wouldn't let an 18month old walk randomly down the street with you. It's the same with a dog.
Anyway, on the way home I said something about going to the dog park later and K said "and let Benny off lead" to which I replied "are you for real?". This response from me led to K being offended. He thinks I am over the top and I think he is very casual. We want the same result but he works from a different book I think. But we resolved that thing. He understood why Benny can not go off lead yet unless he comes when called every single time.
The other week I was walking Benny and his collar slipped over his head. He darted onto the road which, thankfully, was car free. I freaked but called out to him in that happy high voice and he came over, albeit slowly. In my head I was thinking "fuckity fuck Benny come here pleeeeease" but my voice said "Benny come, good boy". However, had there been another dog over the road or even another person he would have run over to them. It was just lucky.
So, off lead ain't happening yet.
Sometimes I hate that I am a bit bossy. Or like things my way in regards to certain things. It is very controlling and I do try hard to not be like that too often. K assures me that I am not as bad as I think. But I do know that there are some days where I am a pain. Guess we all are sometimes.
After last night's training with Benny I realised I need to put more into it each and every day. So this morning I spent ten minutes going over it all and he was great. I then took him for a twenty minute walk before heading off to work.
He can only go for short walks like that. It works out 5 minutes per month of age up until 12 months and then there is no limit. I am busting to get up to an hour of walking with him. Can't wait to walk him down to the beach. Or use a frisbee with him.
Until then there is lots of training and playing fetch. Meeting new dogs and going to the dog beach to hump other dogs....
This Saturday he is coming with me to the Farmer's Market. Meet and greet the local dogs. Get some specially made healthy dog food. Hang out with me while I drink coffee.
Then a walk down to the beach.
It's a doggy life isn't it.