When I left for work I realized that I had left my cell phone in the house and had to turn the car around. I had been gone for less than five minutes and came home to hear her yelping and barking so loud I could hear her from my car in the street. Not only is this bad behavior embarrassing, but my adjacent neighbor has a five month old baby that I do not want to risk waking.
This evening, Luna made her dinner time very difficult. Sometimes she gets so worked up about her dinner that she starts to circle, whine and when she really freaks out she will bark. I call this "panic mode". Tonight was full panic mode. You would have thought this dog was starving and hadn't seen a meal in weeks based on the way she was carrying on. Every night I make her work for her dinner and when she goes into panic mode I remove the food and sit down while I wait for her to calm down. I do not like to reward her for obsessing over meal time. Most nights she gets the message in one sitting. Tonight, it took over a half hour to feed her.
She completed the evening with constant begging at the dinner table which Mike and I had to scold her for as well as a terrible training session. It was very obvious she had her own opinions regarding what we should do and what she should be rewarded for. No new lesson plans tonight thank you very much. I finally declared "game over" and stopped training before we both got any more frustrated.
Let's hope she got all this bad behavior out of her system and she will be much better the rest of the week. If she's good (and maybe if she isn't) Mike and I are planning to take her to see a lure coursing event this weekend. I'd love to see her reaction to the lure. Maybe a good run will get this crazy behavior out of her system.
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