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mandana-the-service-pup7 hours ago
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She鈥檚 so tired after our big day at the pool. She鈥檚 had her bath and now she is fast asleep on my pillow. Her paws are twitching and she鈥檚 having happy puppy dreams 馃槍
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mandana-the-service-pup11 hours ago
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Her first Dock Diving lesson!
She had a great time and was very brave. She didn鈥檛 like the deep water but loved everything else about it. She was so happy and on her best behavior. We rented the pool for an hour so she would have plenty of time to explore and figure things out. We鈥檙e all very wet but she is a happy girl.
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Between the wetness and bad lights, these were the only good pictures we got. We鈥檒l definitely do something like this again in the future ((when we have the energy and money to spare))
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mandana-the-service-pup14 hours ago
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She has no clue where we are going but she鈥檚 excited 馃槣
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Here鈥檚 a clue for tomorrow鈥檚 belated birthday surprise. I鈥檓 sure most of you will be able to guess what it is 馃槈
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A few hours after I posted about yesterday鈥檚 training session, we had another eventful experience. Nothing too crazy but I鈥檓 going to mention it for our records.
I was taking Mandana out to play and train in the dog run. Some of her dog buddies were in there so we took the opportunity to do some counter conditioning outside the pen. She was really excited but she did well. No barking or lunging, she just had a hard time staying in position and keeping her focus on me. They had to leave before she could play with them. It was hard for her to watch them leave but it鈥檚 good experience.
We were just about to go in when the little white puppy (I posted about previously) came running towards us off leash. I put Mandana in a sit and she held it really well. The pup hesitated but then kept running towards us. She broke position when it was about 10-15 ft away and lunged forward. I zapped my stungun in the air and the pup stopped which gave me enough time to get Mandana back under control.
I have conditioned Mandana to the sound of the stun gun for this purpose. She associates it with high value treats but it鈥檚 aversive enough to startle off-leash dogs. I wasn鈥檛 worried about her being aggressive/reactive but she鈥檚 so big that just knocking into the pup could have really hurt it.
We spent a long time counter conditioning after that happened. She did really well and overcame a lot of exciting stimuli. She pulled a few times when some kids went into the dog run and were screaming/barking. It was a great opportunity for her and although she wasn鈥檛 perfect she did amazing for an adolescent still in training.
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Mandana is a very talented. Not only does she have a natural heart rate alert, but she also alerts me when my period is about to start. She comes over and stares at me intently until I get up and do something about it (like take extra strength Tylenol). She only does it at the beginning and for someone who is irregular it鈥檚 really helpful. She will even wake me up to alert me at night which is really appreciated.
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We had a really great heel + sniff zone session today on collar/leash. We encountered many distractions that used to put her in an excited frenzy (golf carts, squirrels, birds, kids playing, reactive dogs, etc.) She was phenomenal and ignored ALL distractions. She handled it like a pro and was a pleasure to walk with.
There was one major mistake at the beginning. She jumped on an elderly lady who asked to pet her. I pulled her back so she barely touched her but it was still really inappropriate. People who shower her with affection is her kryptonite and it doesn鈥檛 help that Hubbins allows her to get away with this behavior.
She needs a lot more practice with polite greetings. It鈥檚 so hard to arrange during COVID. I guess we are going to have to switch to seated greetings for now on.
I don鈥檛 want this one mistake to overshadow how awesome she was today. It just highlights what we need to prioritize in our training. I鈥檓 still really happy with how she is coming along.
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She wasn鈥檛 very pleased that I put all of her chew toys away 馃え
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Hubbins took us for a short training session at a high distraction park (kids, dogs, bikes, soccer, birds, etc). She did great!
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Misc. puppy pics for a friend in need 鉂わ笍鉂わ笍鉂わ笍
Reblog with your own misc puppy pics. It might make somebody鈥檚 day a little brighter 馃尋 馃惗
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I鈥檓 so glad Mandana doesn鈥檛 scream like a banshee every time she see鈥檚 a person or dog anymore. To whomever needs to hear this, puppyhood is wild but it does get better. 馃槶
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Mandana discovered the joy of soccer balls today 馃槏鈿斤笍
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She had so much fun today on our freedom walk. It wasn鈥檛 hot but we took a lot of breaks to rest her paw.
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Practicing our center & wait command at the mailroom this morning. It鈥檚 perfect for keeping her (and her tail) tucked out of the way when waiting in line.
She doesn鈥檛 like to wait patiently in public so I鈥檓 glad we鈥檙e starting to make some progress with this command.
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Mandana has this new thing she鈥檚 doing. She lays on my bed like normal but then uses her front legs to drag her body over mine. This stretches her back and pushes her back legs into a sploot position across my lap.
She must find it super comfortable because she immediately falls asleep. It鈥檚 hard to get a good picture of it, but it鈥檚 something like this:
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Since she was injured, Mandana got to open her birthday presents over the course of a few days. She received a Tuffy Shark, Playology Squeaky Stick, PetQwerks Cheddar Bone, West Paw frisbee, Outward Hound Alligator and rubber lick mats. As a special treat, Hubbins made her a little strawberry & cream cheese tart with peanut butter and melon on top.
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Thank you to everyone who has followed along with us over the past year. I can鈥檛 believe nearly 200 people are invested in her journey to become a service dog. We are so proud of her progress and look forward to many more years together.
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馃帀 Happy 1st Birthday! 馃帀
We love having you in our family and can鈥檛 wait for you to fulfill your full potential as a service dog 馃悤鈥嶐煢
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