She bodychecks me!
I've almost finished reading 'The Dog Listener', and have been applying it's principles for a couple of days now. Actually, the obedience school we have been taking Lara to for the last 6 weeks teaches much along the same lines as The Dog Listener, so I feel we've had a good head start. But...
I've been working on walking without pulling with Lara, and she gets really, really physical about trying to remain leader. The other day we were practicing in the back yard, and 5 times in a row when I said "let's go" and stepped forward to begin the walk, she jumped up and bit my arm. When I turned away to ignore her each time, she literally jumps up as high as she can and body checks me with all her might. She's come pretty close to knocking me off my feet. Then she was so worked up she tore toward the house, slamming into my toddler and gave him a bleeding goose-egg on the side of his head, poor fellow. When I took her to obedience classes that night, she refused to look at me, or pay attention to what we were trying to teach her. I was so dissappointed, since the previous week she was totally golden in class, doing everything perfectly on the first try!
I am sticking to it with the Amichein, and things have improved over the last two days. I guess what I'm wondering is will this full-force bodychecking to get my attention stop, and when?!
neilsmom and Lara (the normally good grrrl)