Keep up your good work !
Good news guys
Sadie the Golden Retriever arrived the other day, long story short i wasn't able to do the whole walk them together thing, i'm sure it would have been a good thing to do, but in the circumstances i wasn't able to. Koda was in his yard when Sadie arrived, as soon as he saw her he went insane, barking and screaming in his yard, he was also pacing along his track he's made in his yard. Once the owner left I went in with Koda and did some training with him while Sadie explored the back yard. He seemed to do generally okay except when Sadie came close he lashed out aggressively, thankfully Sadie wasn't too phased by that.
I fed Koda and left his yard to set up Sadie's things. Over the past two days Koda has slowly become more and more relaxed with Sadie around. Last night Mum and i agree'd that he seems much more anxious when either her or I are in the backyard with Sadie... Jealousy we're assuming. This morning Mum came and woke me up saying "Koda and Sadie are playing through the fence!!" and sure enough Koda and Sadie were running up and down the fence playing with eachother
We decided to test Koda with Sadie today, I put his thundershirt on about 30 minutes earlier then i let him have a run with Dodge in the paddock to burn off his energy and then the muzzle went on and with Sadie and him on lead, i brought Koda into the backyard. Things went really well... REALLY WELL
Sadie is not an overly confident pup, so we decided to let her off leash to make her own decisions about whether she wanted to approach Koda or move very far away. After around 10 minutes, Koda was SO calm that he was laying on his back while Sadie sat not far away trying to get up the courage to play with this big fluffy doggy
I'll let the photos show how well things went
I only let her play with Dodge once because i've found that Dodges method of playing (which involves herding and a lot of staring cause she is so focussed) is to intense for Sadie and she feels threatened. So i doubt she'll be playing with Dodge again.
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Aww, that's great news! Did they end up playing together?
Koda is doing so well, those photos are great MDD, Sadie looks like a pretty chilled out pup, a good little playmate!
Your patience and training is paying off, well done
Bit of an update...
Well, Sadie is back again. She's 8 months old now, so she's a lot bigger. I've been planning to take both her and Koda on a walk as soon as she arrives, but when mum and i started walking with a dog each, Sadie was just WAY too overexcited about being in a new place. Koda was surprisingly calm, but Sadie kept hyping him up, so we took the dogs back. Locked Koda in his yard and i went in there to train him, Sadie was in the backyard and Dodge was outside the yards on the farm. Koda is okay with her when i use food to get him to focus on me, but if she gets too close he freaks out. I've left them now, Sadie is good for him, she doesn't push him, and she doesn't react back when he reacts. She is curious about him and is encouraging him to play through the fence. I bet by tomorrow they'll be the best of buddies like they were last time. Time will tell i guess...
I haven't been walking Koda heaps in public, just been busy and haven't had the time to regularly make special trips into town to walk him.
Regarding people/cars at home, he's improving slowly. In general, he comes when i call him when there are strange men around, there are exceptions to this though. But in general he's pretty good when i'm around to guide him, I think he is slowly starting to learn more and more that people are nice and there is no need to be nervous of them. When i'm not there to guide him, he seems to forget all his training and just reverts back to reactivity. There are a few people that Koda absolutely HATES, he's never bitten them but i wouldn't put it past him. He rushes at them, has almost nipped them once or twice. One bloke, he took his boots off and came inside and Koda actually attacked his boots when i walked past them with him on lead.
This morning two blokes walked past Kodas yard and he didn't react at all. About 30 minutes later, a car drove past the backyard while i was out there and Koda completely lost the plot, he ignored everything i said, and would not come to me, I basically had to corner him to even get close to him. 10 minutes later, i went inside and when the car and a strange man was nearby, Koda was totally calm, he was siting on a chair completely chilled out. Seems unusual....
If i'm completely honest, I think Koda is confused about what we want from him, which makes me feel confused about what I should be doing... looking forward to a behavioural consult i'm hoping to organise when i have the spare cash. The last behaviourist was a waste of money, she didn't know what she was doing. Not to mention the price was a complete rip off!
I have a small amount of video footage of my training with Koda, also some footage of Koda reacting to various things, however i can't post them now because my internet is capped and extremely slow. Few more days and i can post it.
Ugh, i was gonna post photos, but my internet is not coping at this very moment, so i'll post them later today.
Photos are terrible quality because i had to make them tiny so my internet could handle uploading them.
Koda sleeping on Dodge's chair while there was a man driving a car next to the fence today.
Sadie relaxing in the grass (which needs mowing) watching Koda in his yard.
Sadie looking pretty as always
How is Koda going ? Did you find a new dog trainer/ behaviourist to help you ?
Koda is doing 'okay'... I wouldn't necessarily say that he is making leaps and bounds in his progress, its very slow. I haven't been able to see the behaviourist yet, i'm just waiting until i have the cash. I've only recently left school and am starting my own grooming business, so at the moment I don't actually have a reliable cash flow. Its always a bit of a bumpy road when you start a new business. But i'm getting there, thankfully i have amazing parents and they are willing to loan me money so i can advertise my business and get it going.
Shouldn't be too long until i can see the behaviourist! I'm really looking forward to it! In the mean time i'm just continuing with what i've been doing in the past.
I will definitely give an update once I see the behaviourist with Koda
Pleased to hear that you are not giving up ! Sometimes starting again from scratch is a good starting point for both of you ! Build up confidence for you both !
Get yourself organized with what words you are going to use for each of your commands/requests, work out what you want Koda to do – then go for it !
Be consistent, train in short time spans, treat every interaction with Koda as a training opportunity – and have heaps of high value treats to reward.
I put up these links all the time – but maybe a refresh would be good. NILIF, TOT, Behavioural interrupter are always good standbys/starting points.
Steve Courtney Dog Training Free Dog Training Advice Online - Steve Courtney Dog Training -
Kikopup has videos covering just about any question you may have about your pup’s training and behaviour.
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I know how frustrating it can be with these pups of ours. It seems that you take quite a few steps forward – and then whammy - you are back – who knows where ?
Riley was really very lucky that my little old girl loved him to bits when he first arrived here – particularly for those first six months !
Keep up your good work with Koda – which is apparent from your videos and photos ! Good Luck !
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