Cookie's mum here:
As I have mentioned before, Cookie is in training as a service dog for me. She learns very quickly using clicker training except for two things:
1. Early in the morning when she wants to go out (usually between 4-5 am) she will bark and will NOT stop. I have tried everything I can think of!!! Does anyone have any suggestions? (Cookie here: I just want to go walkies, mum!)
2. Dog aggression. As you know, Cookie weighs 70 lbs. When we go out her leash is attached to my wheelchair arm so I have pretty good control of her. When I take her to Udall Park (the big dog park) she NEVER has any problems with any of the dogs. However, when I have her on the leash walking and she meets another dog most times she will start barking at the other dog and try to start a fight. It is VERY embarrassing. When we go into the dog park here in the complex, she is aggressive to almost ALL the dogs. The other day it was dark as we were going there and when we got close I realized there was a beagle in there. the beagle started barking at Cookie but once we got inside, Cookie gave one bark (as if to say hello) and then started to go off to do her business. The beagle owner immediately grabbed her dog saying she was afraid for it and left!!!!
I am going to be working with her trainer on this, but neither of us can really figure what is going on. As a service dog, she really needs to be dog friendly and this aggression is really bothering me. So I thought I would reach out to our friends in Blogville for suggestions.
If you would like to email me or talk to me on the phone, my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org and if you send me an e-mail I will give you my phone number. Also, if anyone is in the Tucson, AZ area, maybe we can meet for you to help me.
Thank you all for reading this rather lengthy e-mail.
We will return to regular blogging tomorrow (I hope).
Cookie back here:
Mum went to Best Buy on Friday and THOUGHT she knew how to post picshurs here -- but she just tried and could not figure it out. Fortunately, the guy from Geek Squad is coming today to fix her desktop pc, sho she will have him help her.
Actually, mum said it was rather funny when s he went to Best Buy on Friday -- of course I was not with her because it was too hot -- but when the guy came to help her, she recognized him as being someone who had helped her before. She asked him if that was so, and he responded that just about all of the Geek Squad techs in the store had helped her out!!!! She was rather embarrassed, but thinks they remember her because of the wheelchair!!!!!!! Mum also says that when she goes on the paratransit van, a lot of the drivers ask where I am!!!! Now that weather is getting cooler, hopefully I will go on more walks with her.
Hopefully I will have pics tomorrow.
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Cookie and Mum