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    Quote Originally Posted by ihatewetsocks View Post
    I'm not actually too hopeful about our next trip. Christmas day we're heading to my Fathers in Maslin Beach nearly 1.5 hours away.

    The plan is to drive down Christmas eve at night when it won't be so hot and stop at West Lakes and then again at Reynella. We'll stop again if needed. I've got to work Christmas day so I'll head out and come back for the family dinner.

    Pete
    Made it all the way with no sickness. We took my company car not the 4wd as it has air conditioning and very smooth suspension but still very impressed with little Truffle!

    She met my Brothers and Father and wasn't scared. played fetch with them all and loved it.

    Great day

    Pete

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihatewetsocks View Post
    Made it all the way with no sickness. We took my company car not the 4wd as it has air conditioning and very smooth suspension but still very impressed with little Truffle!

    She met my Brothers and Father and wasn't scared. played fetch with them all and loved it.

    Great day

    Pete
    LOL ! Oh ye of little faith ! Well Done - though air-con does make a difference !

    Did she go to sleep on the trip or was it just too interesting for her ?

    Pleased that you all had a great time !

    Now where are you lot off to now ?

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    Hey Riley,

    We have no plans but I'd like to build up to a trip to second valley. It's a beautiful beach and a fantastic squidding jetty but it's 2 hours away.

    Bailey, Kathryn (my wife) and I used to go there regularly. We all loved it.

    Truffle still has a lot of socializing to do before we go to a busy beach though.

    Pete

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihatewetsocks View Post
    Hey Riley,

    We have no plans but I'd like to build up to a trip to second valley. It's a beautiful beach and a fantastic squidding jetty but it's 2 hours away.

    Bailey, Kathryn (my wife) and I used to go there regularly. We all loved it.

    Truffle still has a lot of socializing to do before we go to a busy beach though.

    Pete
    Well - You lot are almost there as far as time is concerned ! Open the windows in the 4WD to a point that she can't go AWOL - It all should be good !
    Pleased to see that you haven't invited my 2 to go 'squidding ' with you lot ! If you did I doubt you would be taking much or any home with you !

    What do you mean when you say - 'Truffle still has a lot of socializing to do before we go to a busy beach though' !

    Maybe have a look at what socialisation actually means ?

    http://k9protraining.com.au/2013/02/...is-it-exactly/

    http://www.clickertraining.com/dont-socialize-the-dog

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    I checked with a friend about West Lakes itself - she jogs around the path every day. She said there were some "reserves" that are dog off lead - so you're probably all good where you are.

    I still prefer the real beach tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RileyJ View Post
    What do you mean when you say - 'Truffle still has a lot of socializing to do before we go to a busy beach though' !
    http://www.clickertraining.com/dont-socialize-the-dog[/B]
    Hey Riley,

    I had a read of the articles in the links you provided. The second one sums up exactly what I mean. She is not confident around other dogs. We stopped at Sellicks beach on Boxing day on the way home to have a look and take her (on leash) for a walk down the beach. We had to rethink and leave almost immediately when she saw two small terriers; she started jumping, pulling, whining and straining. I'm sure she just wanted to play but her training isn't at the right point to be around large groups yet. We don't have a "Canary move" yet. She knows Sit, shake, down and is learning stay BUT while she is very responsive under low stress environments as soon as we get outside she ignores every "trick" command. I have an at home appointment with a trainer in the new year before we sign up to any classes so hopefully she will be good. We spoke on the phone and she seemed to know what she was talking about. If anyone has had any experience with Laura from "Paws for thought" I'd love to hear what you have to say. Truffle DOES however respond VERY well to "Stop" when walking (I use when we come to a kerb before we cross the road; even in high distraction environments she stops every time and doesn't move until I say "OK"

    I tell ya I'd forgotten how hard training a dog is! I guess it is harder with an older adoptee as we just don't know what kind of training she has had before and how she lived ...

    Thanks,
    Pete

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    Oh and yes we have the windows open too. I could just get the aircon regassed and it would work perfectly BUT I'm Scottish so I don't like to spend money

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihatewetsocks View Post
    Oh and yes we have the windows open too. I could just get the aircon regassed and it would work perfectly BUT I'm Scottish so I don't like to spend money
    For some reason I have Scottish and so-called English neighbours where I live ! How could I be so lucky !

    'Me thinks' your 4WD is maybe too old to be re-gassed !

    LOL - A perfect excuse for a Scottish person ! Maybe ?

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    1998 Toyota Hilux diesel. 330,000kms and ticks over like the day it left the factory. I'll have it for decades to come!

    That's not a good mix; a Scotsman and an Englishman on either side of you. Even I'd be moving!

    Pete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihatewetsocks View Post
    That's not a good mix; a Scotsman and an Englishman on either side of you. Even I'd be moving! Pete.


    Not moving ! They are good value. Maybe they have been living in Australia for too long now ! Though when the Scotsman gets a bit pie-eyed you do need an interpreter to work out what he is talking about !

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