Saturday, September 7, 2013

Adventures with Nigel - The Grove

We have decided that since we could't take both pooches to do certain things due to Maggie's reactivity, we would try to take Nigel around town while Maggie is away at boot camp.  Today was our first Nigel-is-briefly-an-only-dog adventure!

Nigel came with us today to The Grove and The Farmers Market (a permanent market with food vendors and fresh fruit and veggie stands), one of LA's big, fancy shmancy shopping centers.  They're very dog friendly and there are often pups romping around with their owners while they're feasting at an overpriced cafĂ© or even going into a few of the stores.  Nigel did a fantastic job, even with all of the distractions.  He wore his Easy Walk harness, which made it easier on us since we still haven't really gotten good at heeling and not pulling on leash (yet).


He even got a very special treat from the doggie bakery at The Farmers Market (you know it's LA when there's a bakery just for dogs).  He definitely enjoyed himself!


Maggie's Boot Camp Update:
Maggie has spent four nights at her training boot camp now and we're (of course) being pretty over protective doggie parents.  We've called every day except for today to get an update about her progress and because these people understand that we're anxious about sending our pups away for weeks at a time, they happily oblige!

Maggie has been working with trainers every day since Tuesday morning.  She was pretty anxious for the first day and didn't really relax when she was back in her kennel during non-training periods.  She did well with the staff though starting from her first session.  Since Tuesday, she has calmed down and learned to just hang out and chill more when she is not in training.

Maggie's biggest issues are reactivity while on leash and not being able to control her impulses (she's quite impatient!).  The trainers have been working with her while playing fetch, asking her to wait to get the ball after it was thrown and then repeating that process.  Yesterday, she worked with distractions around her (ie dogs on the other side of a glass wall) and did well when there were bigger dogs present but laser-beam focused on a small poodle that kept meandering past.  Work in progress!!!

That's it for now, we'll have another update on Monday!!


Hope everyone else had a fabulous Saturday!



6 comments:

  1. I'm sure Nigel enjoyed his special outing and I'm so glad Maggie's doing well!

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    1. Thanks! Nigel definitely enjoyed his first adventure in a while. He especially enjoyed trying to meet EVERYONE at The Grove. :-) What a dude.

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  2. Glad to hear Maggie is doing well! I sometimes take just Norman out because he is so relaxed and doesn't get bored or antsy like Kaya does. I bet Nigel had a blast:D

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    1. Yeah, they'er SO different! He seemed to enjoy the people sniffing and treats from the Doggie bakery!

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  3. Glad to hear about Maggie. And those photos of Nigel are so great! What have you been using?

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    1. Thanks!!! I bought a Sony NEX 5r sometime late last year and these were taken with the 18-55mm lens. I LOVE it, especially because it's so small. :-) Thanks for the compliment!

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