Giveaway, Sharks and bad doggy behavior

My lovely friend Michelle is hosting another fantastic giveaway on her blog! She has teamed up with Kate Gabrielle of Flapper Doodle to bring you this giveaway of a 2011 Flapper Doodle calendar. It’s super cute, and well worth a trip to Michelle’s site for more info!

In other news, I went to the San Jose Sharks game tonight, and they lost. I don’t follow sports too often, and when I do it’s usually hockey or MMA, but I don’t like how the Sharks are starting off their season. That unproven new goalie has me worried. Let’s all cross our fingers and send the Sharks some love for their season!

For all you doggy owners out there, I would love some advice on a Marlo issue. She is a little prey driven….like she sees a squirrel out on a walk, she becomes entirely fixated on it, and no manner of “leave it!”s or “no”s will break her concentration. Even off leash in our complex’s dog park didn’t deter her concentration from where she had seen the squirrel disappear. She pulls on her leash trying to get the squirrel. Is there anything I can do to keep her from doing this behavior on walks? I worry that this prey drive will translate to going after our cats once they get comfortable enough to come out of the bedroom and into the living room with her around, whenever that may be. Any suggestions or advice is much appreciated!

Well that’s your random Tuesday update!

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6 thoughts on “Giveaway, Sharks and bad doggy behavior

  1. We have a Jack Russell. The only thing we can get him to do to stop fixating on animals is to hold his leash tight and just keep pulling him away.. probably not effective training. We do have cats though and I think because we hold them and show him they are something we love, he leaves them alone.

    • Kodi is that way on alks when he sees other dogs… or squirrels. Is Marlo food-driven? One really good tidbit is to keep a doggie bag of her favorite tiny bite-sized treats to give her while using the “leave-it” command. if you see squirrel (which, half the time will happen before she sees it) bust out a treat and get her attention with it. then you can do the “leave-it” and give her the treat when she focuses on you instead of the prey. seems to work well with kodi and other dogs. after a while of practice with treats he’s much more likely to obey “leave-it” whether I have a treat or not. I’m just sure to pile on the praise if I don’t have yummy payment for his obedience

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