Ike & Carmen saw Dr. Anne last night. Ike's pelvis held and Carmie is doing great - she only has one more appointment before she is on maintenance. I had Anne test to make sure Ike will tolerate the milk thistle and double-check that he isn't having any problems with the Bug-off Garlic or Longevity. Nope. That's great news!
We also saw our friend Marlene at Dr. Anne's! She had both her Goldens there for adjustments. I was early so we were able to visit a bit, which was a very nice surprise. : )
This morning I realized how much I am enjoying using hand touches to interrupt Ike's scanning. Ike thinks it is a great game, like he does everything else that involves brain work, cookies, and praise. He can be 5 feet ahead of me and if he looks back at me to alert me that there are people walking on the OTHER SIDE OF THE SIDEWALK, MUM! I say "Nosey" (because he is!) and he totally reorients to hand touch. I love it!
I think this is a wonderful progression for us. For people with a sight sensitive dog I would highly recommend trying to incorporate hand-touches into your "tool box". I don't think you should skip the eye contact because a dog could just bang his/her nose into your hand and go right on reacting to the stimuli. I also think eye contact is an integral part of relationship building.
In the beginning with a dog that is over-stimulated, eye contact for a second might be ALL they can offer when they see creepy people, kids, bikes, dogs, whatever sets them off/overwhelms them. Ike is at a point where eye contact is old hat - he offers it all the time. It ups the ante significantly for him to have to offer a new behavior (other than setting up or fronts).
I have also noticed that he maintains eye contact after the hand touch while he is waiting for his cookie - I swear he isn't waiting long!! : ) Knock on wood, I think the hand touch has been very successful.
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