Encouraging AftercarePosted: October 18, 2010
I got a call yesterday from the instructor asking if i wanted her to come down today. I explained that that would be really helpful, and then explained about her stopping loads and all. She said she would see what Ushi was up to. Orriginally she was just coming down for a regular aftercare.
So at 10 o’clock this morning, we set out bright eyed and bushy tailed. We agreed that the instructor would only step in if I really really really needed it.
When we got to our first down kerb, that was when the problems started. She was very slow to go right. There is a barking dog we go past all the time, but she is usually grand with it. When we got to our first road crossing, she wouldn’t go forward at all. My instructor then came, and told me to really be positive with my voice. Yes I would correct if she needed it, but basically to be much more positive. She then quickly got on with it.
The instructor says that when she stops for no apparent reason, to give a little jerk forward on the lead with your right hand, and again talk in a really positive voice.
I found the walk flowed a hell of alot more, and she just walked perfectly.
The instructor says that she was probably stopping because she remembered there was an obsticle. I didn’t think that would bother her, but apparently they will remember.
The instructor also says that she will pick up if i am frustrated or anything, so just to make sure that the walk is fun for her, but that you are firm at some points if you need to be.
There was one point where I was telling Ushi to “let’s go”, but you should only use the “forward” after a stop. It’s either “forward” or “straight on” for when she is moving.
When we got back to the house, I explained that I had baught Ushi a new toy, and that we had a good pull on it loads. She says that that could also help her when working too. I explained that I was thinking of going up to Belfast sometime before christmas, but she says that it would be better for Ushi if she was left at home. She would enjoy that much more than if she had to contend with busy streets of Belfast. She says that I can start taking Ushi on the lead out to more places in town. Just to get her used to the area for when we do start working it. I can either keep the harness on or just have the lead. I think I will just keep the harness on though. I must make sure that dad brings me up to the correct kerbs, and that he tells me what way we are turning etc. (I will be doing it with my dad). He is not actually teaching me the route, just preparing me for when we work it, and to make Ushi a bit more comfy with doing more work further afield. The instructor says there is no rush though. What we can do is I can work Ushi up to the shop, and then take dads arm. That will be cool.
I can’t believe that all I needed to do was put on a more positive voice! I was getting really worried over nothing as usual! I really hope that this week is much more positive than last week. Last week was deffinetly a rough one. Thanks so much for all your encouragement. I know it will come right in time, it’s just getting there that’s the hard part.