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Weekly Training Update (July 31)

We haven’t had much time for formal training lately, but Lilly and I caught up with Tom at a motorcycle swap meet Sunday morning as a little outing. Lilly did really well.

She walked nicely and without any startling through the crowd. She took treats without much sharkiness. She hand targeted people who wanted to meet her and pet her. She did a few tricks. She sat or laid quietly at our side when Tom was talking to people or looking at merchandise.

Lilly is never effusive with her affections toward strangers, but she seemed fine when people petted her nicely on the back or shoulder (rather than the head).

Her body and face looked relaxed, and she seemed really happy to be out … after being home a lot lately because of other demands on my time.

And, at least three people, said things like, “That’s a great dog!” One woman said, “It’s obvious you’ve worked with her a lot.”

(proud mom smiling)

Medication Update
Lilly has been on the higher dose of alprazolam (aka xanax) for a while now, and she seems great on it. I’ll know more when I have more time to challenge her in controlled ways with sound.

Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

Samantha - August 1, 2009

Sounds like a successful outing. Can’t wait to read more once you have the time to get back out with her.

You HAVE done alot of work with her – kudos to you!

KB - July 31, 2009

What a nice compliment – out of the blue. It *is* obvious that you’ve worked with her a lot. Way to go Roxanne!!

I’m also glad that the new med dosage seems helpful. It’s amazing what a chemical imbalance can do to a girl like Lilly or K.

Betty - July 31, 2009

I’m so happy to hear how well Lilly is doing with strangers..a real tribute to your caring and training!

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