I brought Jazz to meet Katrin last night. Typically she brings one of her dogs to agility on Tuesday and I wanted them to meet Jazz before sticking them into a small car together. Katrin decided to only bring Sky, the puppy, who travels by crate so Jazz couldn't bother her.
It was a bit nerve wracking for me. Jazz doesn't greet well. I had kind of noticed this before - almost every dog he's met while he's been with me, with the exception of Ike and the terrier/Brittany mix, has reacted by either removing themselves or snapping at him. If he stays, this will be something major to work on. Katrin's dogs are super so it didn't escalate, but Jazz didn't read their signals very well.
Katrin said that while he is about 2 years old physically, he is about 8 mos old mentally!
This morning when I was feeding the g-pigs Jazz was jumping up on the barricade. Three times I pushed him off and then rewarded him for sitting. He opted to sit and watch. That I can handle!
I am now able to lure him into a down on walks and different locations. Yay Jazz. If he stays I am going to need to pick up an American Sign Language book and do lots more research. I am tempted to work on Rally or Comp. Obedience with him if he stays; I don't want Ike to feel like he is being replaced. I remember Niche feeling like Monty was going to replace him.
It doesn't really matter, if he stays there is SO much basic work to be done before even thinking about that sort of training.
Katrin is coming over tonight to see how he is about the birds and g-pigs and that will be the deciding factor.
2 days ago