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    Angry Another Roly Problem Vent. Very Long, but Annoying

    Ok, I think im calm. And its time for a vent

    Roly goes for a walk every second day because he gets too exhausted and sore. Today was Roly's walk day.
    So I decided to ride my bike to my horse Wiley's. When Roly slows down, I put him in the basket at the front.
    I get to Wileys, he sees me and trots away
    He never *runs* away from me. He usually comes to me. Great, off to a good start. So I follow him around the paddock for about 10 friggin minutes. Everytime I get about 3 metres away, he gallops down the other end. I finally catch him.
    Then, as we're walking down to the wash bay, Roly comes out of the bushes and Wiles gets a fright and starts dancing around being an absolute idiot, trying to push me around, pulling away from me. I used the end of the rope and gave him a big whack on the chest with it. He does a bit more dancing and then he's finally settled.
    Now, wheres Lady? Next to me. Wheres Roly?
    .........
    I call him for about 4 minutes, walking around.
    And where is he? Hiding under a car, literally ignoring me. I walk over to the car, kneel down and gently call him, he turns his back to me
    Great, and im still holding the damn horse. I let Wiley go and he starts eating grass, I reach under the car and click my fingers. He still ignores me sooooo I grab him by the scruff and literally pull him out, he squeels and Wiley gets a fright and takes off

    RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.
    Now at this point, I would have put Roly on a lead, but I left it at the front gate. So I have to carry Roly to go and get Wiley.
    Wiley's in the corner eating grass, as I get closer to him, Roly starts squirming and whinning and I do not want Wiley running off on me again, so I put him on the ground and told him too stay. I walk slowly up to Wiley, grab him, turn around, and Roly is running away!!!!
    I called him nicely, he turned around facing me, I knelt on the ground and called him again, and he BOLTED back to the car.
    OH MY EFFING GOD!

    So me and Wiley(all this time Lady is being a perfect darling and is at my heel) we run(well Wiley trots) after Roly and he runs out the gate and is heading to the road where cars are driving at 100ks. I stop, and let Wiley go cause I really don't care if he runs back to the corner at this stage. I call him again in a happy friendly tone and slowly walk towards him, and the worst part is he knows he was being naughty cause he slowly slunk towards me. I grab him again and carry him and lead Wiley all the way to the wash bay. And for a 6 kg dog, he feels heavy after 3 minutes of carrying.
    I put Roly in the yard for kids, wash Wiley's cut and go get Roly, let him out. Runs straight under a float. Again, I have to drag him out.
    I carry him all the way back to the paddock and have to put anticeptic on Wiles cut. As soon as Roly's feet hit the ground he attempts to run away again
    So I put him in the shed.
    I was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO angry because he is NEVER like this. He never ignores me, he is never scared of Wiley, and he never runs away.

    For what was meant to take 15 minutes, it turned into 50 minutes
    Looks like he's lost lead privalges on the 30 acre farm too now.
    Why are my dogs so damn disobediant

    Anyway, thanks for reading...
    Last edited by aussiemyf7; 12-10-2009 at 01:39 PM.
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    My jack russel occasionally does this too. He seems to think it's really funny.

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    Thanks Pugger.
    See, Im usually more than willing to think logically about why he might be behaving like this. But I have been visiting the horse with the dogs for the last 1 and a half years.
    And its such a practical easy place for the dogs to get exercise. So much free space, don't have to worry about other dogs, people or traffic(except for when they decide they want to run down the 30 metre driveway)
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    He was not disobedient. Just scared, and sorry, but you didn't help overcome his fear of whatever. Sometimes it's not obvious to us what are they scared of and what worries them, but judging from your description of what he did, how he looked etc., he was simply scared and feeling uncomfortable.
    The same happened with your horse.

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    Except I don't understand why he was scared!
    This is something we have done everyday for the last 17 months!
    Wiley is a 9 year old green Thoroughbred who hasn't been ridden for the last 5 days. He wasn't scared. He was just being a little sh*t.
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    hi Aussiemyf

    I understand the frustration.

    I used to have a horse catching routine that involved watching three horses do laps around the paddock at high speed until they were exhausted... Monty Roberts uses a variation of this technique to catch wild horses.

    This morning I couldn't catch Frosty for a walk. So I go back inside to make myself breakfast. I put toast on - have to adjust toaster cos bread is frozen, make coffee, go to turn on tv and no power in remote, curses. Try different batteries no go. Meantime toast is ON FIRE!!!

    unplug toaster pick it up go to take it outside but plug gets tangled in another cord. burn tip of finger on bottom of toaster. it still hurts and it's damn hard to type now.

    Frosty picks now to let me catch her. Sheesh. So I get ice and towel for finger and take dog for walk. Stuffed if I'm going to put finger under running water for 40 minutes sheesh. At dog oval, I spend about 30 minutes listening to "friend" telling me how much God loves me - I'm an Agnostic. I think she might have an imaginary "Friend". I think she is definitely nuts. And I have to keep Frosty on lead because the lawnmower guy shows up. That's the third time this week. Why can't he mow that oval after 10am????

    I get home and make toast using camping tool on gas cooktop. I fix remote by cleaning battery terminals - which look clean but aren't. Used cotton bud and metho. Finger still hurts much and I must ring council about their lawn mowing schedules.

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    I'm so sorry Hyacinth but yourmorning sounds so familiar that I had to giggle becuase now I know I'm not alone

    Myf I agree with Fedra to an extent here..my first thought was that he is just hot and wanted to lay somewhere out of the sun and a little bit cooler,then it seems to him he gets in trouble for it so then the fear behaviour kicked in.

    Perhaps next time just leave him to lay under the car until your finished? ( assuming thats safe )
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    Choppachop

    The Germans (and some pommes) call it Schadenfreud - "laughing at others' misfortunes". Lots of movies use the technique though I find some of them hard to watch. I have to feel the misfortune was unavoidable or deserved (bad khama), not the result of extreme stupidity (dumb and dumber).

    I used to get lots of laughs from my tech forums posting what my clients used to do to me. The latest was complaining that nothing happened when the computer "on" switch was pressed - of course it was plugged in. Got a confession to the contrary when I actually showed up to look at it.

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    Now to the problem at hand. Sore and tired Jack Russell x misbehaves at horse farm. Probably misbehaved because he was sore and tired. I'm wondering what normally happens after Wiley is saddled up - is Roly expected to accompany everybody on the ride. Maybe a Roly towel or mat could be brought for him to sit on in the shade while the ride happens?

    I suspect the car was a stranger's car. Definitely not ok to leave Roly under there, but in meantime what to do with a very fresh (unridden 5 days) horse? I think I might have secured him in a small yard or the wash bay, and then gone for Roly.

    Next time, you will need a comfortable place for Roly, I suspect he's not interested in accompanying your ride any more. Will need to secure Roly before working on the horse. Letting horse know you're there when you arrive might get the three laps out the way while you get the dog sorted.

    I'm also thinking a short walk for Roly every day might be better than a long one every second day. Also for Roly, joint treatments like glucosamine might help. And you're going to need some very high value treats for him - like fresh roast chicken or whatever he goes nuts for.

    And one last thing. I use a horse lead for Frosty, it takes her longer to chew through it and it doesn't rip my hands when she pulls - unlike the flat webbing leads. When Frosty is off lead, I clip the lead to itself around my waist. It doubles as a tug toy, especially when I do the run away from dog so she chases me trick, when she catches me it gives us somewhere safe for her to grab.

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    Hyacinth you made me laugh hahaha, "loooove" those "friends" and "Jesus-people". So much that I bolt ev'ry time they start blabbing

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    I think my Pentacostal friend thinks she is going to save me. She says she prayed for me and God is calling me. Strange how God talks to her but not me. No fair.

    I think it's not fair that God is doing a crap job of saving her too. She's got bone cancer and she thinks she is going to be the first person to survive it because "God" is looking out for her. Um. My Dad got cancer and he had a strong faith in God and did nothing to help him survive. Did nothing to help us either. I think that "surviving" cancer, no matter how good your reasons to live are not high on "God"'s list of important things. My "friend" is a walking talking list of reasons not to believe in God but she doesn't see it how I do. There might be a God and there might not be, I'm all for the "God helps those who help themselves" not the "God will save me from myself" attitude.

    Maybe I can ask her to pray for Roly to be more obedient... give her something to focus on besides me. Mostly she needs an ear to talk at. She hasn't quite learned that "forgiving" someone means you have to stop bitching about them (her cheating still-at-home ought-to-be-ex hubby).

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