Recently Bonnie seems to be on a roll with training and I am so proud of how she is doing these days. She is doing great with loose lead walking, ignoring people on walks and staying calm and collected in scenarios that we would have never have dreamed of when she first came home. We’ve been trying to take more videos of Bonnie out and about so we can keep better track of her progress so I thought I would share some recent footage with you all.
We have been taking Bonnie into town at night recently to get her more used to the sights and smells of a busy town street and to do some fun “barkour”. She has been doing great with her leash walking in more distracting environments so we have even started practising off leash walking (dragging her leash) when it is quiet.
In the video below we were also doing some practise with her muzzle on as we want to eventually use the muzzle on some walks so hopefully other owners won’t let their dogs run up to Bonnie and maybe people won’t try to distract her while we are training (why do people make kissy noises when I’m trying to keep her calm walking past people!)
She is also doing great training in new environments and keeping her focus on me rather than being hyper vigilant and worrying about what’s happening around her. She is definitely more calm and starting to gain a quiet confidence as she looks to me for guidance more and more. In the video below we were at a parking spot at a park just after we had a bad run in with another dog and their owner but you can see she recovered really well and was enjoying herself as we goofed about a bit.
We have been having a lot of fun together doing tricks training and it seems to have really built our bond which is great especially after the unfortunate incident earlier in the year. I just love her enthusiasm and how she engages with me more and more even with distractions like birds nearby – like the noisy bugger in the video below! Also I love her little bark and grumbles while doing the leg weave 🙂
We have made so much progress together in the past while and I am so proud of Bonnie, she has seriously come on leaps and bounds. She is not “perfect” by any means (I’ll be doing a post soon about one area we are really struggling with!) but then who really is! The thing that matters most is she now is a more confident, engaged and happy dog that we feel comfortable being able to take more and more places so that we can keep up her socialisation and keep her mentally and physically stimulated. And going from the low earlier in the year to this high makes me not worry about if we ever hit a stumbling block again because I know that we can recover as long as we work as a team!