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    Thumbs up Great News

    So I've mentioned briefly that Dora is having trouble walking. I can barely get her out of the drive way before she sits and won't move.
    In another thread I read how you guys treated your kids when they threw tantrums: by ignoring them. So when I got out of the drive with Dora, as always, she sat down and wouldnt move. After a few seconds she started trying to run back to the house. I stood my ground. I stood up nice and straight, tried to feel 'calm and powerful' and told her: We aren't going back to the house till you walk. She kept lunging towards the house. I looked away and ignored her, waiting for her to get it into her thick skull that walk = coming home. I stood there for a good 50 minutes, ignoring her as she lunged towards the house. Then, finally!, she got it. She sat at my feet, and when I tried to walk, she followed! After a bit of good, oedient walking, I gave her a treat, telling her "Good girl!". Every 20 metres I gave her a treat, praising her. She didn't walk perfectly all the way. Two times she sat down, and I ignored her again till she walked to my feet and sat. But you know what? When I came home after a relatively good walk (compared to the others!!) I was satisfied, and I also had a nice, tired pup. I am hopeful that this hour and ten minutes of patience will have full effect in the future: walk = coming home!
    Last edited by Masha; 01-13-2010 at 12:21 PM. Reason: spelling and grammar

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    congratulations

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    Congratulations and very well done!!

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    You have no idea how hard this was
    Even though its windy, its about 32 degrees, with WARM wind. But, in the end, I got a result. I just hope that this will be the first and last time I have to do this.

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    It may not be, but congrats! What a huge first step

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    Haha, now that I've thought about it, I doubt it will be the last time. But, perhaps next time the whole me waiting for her to realize everything will take 40 minutes instead of 50? That's all I hope for
    Improvement takes little steps, not big ones

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    Well it is a huge step for you, if not Dora

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    Very true
    PS. What's this reputation thing? (offtopic )
    PPS. Oh and the little steps comment I made in my last post wasn't directed at you, but at my hoping for 40 minutes wait
    Last edited by Masha; 01-13-2010 at 02:54 PM. Reason: pps

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    Click on the scales next to the report thread button

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    OK. Thanks

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