Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Clouds and courses

After returning from walking Tilly yesterday I sat in the garden enjoying a mid-morning cup of coffee and a slice of toast. I looked up to the sky and saw the most beautiful cloud cover, it reminded me of cauliflower florets.

 
 

I'm still not having much success walking Tilly without her pulling me along even with the new harness and training lead.  I've managed to sign her up for puppy socialisation classes. It's an eight week course but unfortunately the current course began last month so we will have to wait for the next course to start and I've already paid a deposit to secure her place. I asked about the one to one training but sadly they are not doing that at present. I mentioned about Tilly pulling on the lead and they recommended this nose collar which I ordered and it arrived quite quickly. I was advised to introduce Tilly slowly to it as sometimes it takes some getting used to the nose band so that's on the agenda for today. I'm actually looking forward to attending the puppy classes and doing some socialising myself :)

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  1. I hope that works while you're waiting for the training classes to start. I've never tried particular leads, collars or harnesses but I see many dogs wearing them so they must help. It's a shame you missed the start of this block of classes but Tilly's still only young and you know she'll be starting soon, then it's a case of plenty of practice what they show you.

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    1. They've been really helpful and emailed the eight weekly handouts for me to keep safe and refer to so I'll know exactly what to expect. For a small dog Tilly is quite strong and her pulling on my right side where I had the op and treatment is giving me backache. This left handed lead seems just the job... well I do hope so.

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  2. That really is a beautiful sky. I think some breeds are more prone to pulling than others. You only have to see the spaniel police sniffer dogs to see how excitable they all are when they are let out. I'll be ever so interested to see how you get on with Tilly as Layla is a puller and it kills my shoulder, one of the only things we have found that helps is if we get her to carry her toy, she is concentrating so much on that she seems to forget to pull.

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    1. It must be the spaniel genes with Tilly too as she always has her nose to the ground or pulling towards grass and new sniffs. This particular nose collar is recommended by dog trainers and the name gencon stands for gentle control. As Tilly is excitable it may be a challenge to even get it on her. I’ll let you know how it works out with Tilly.

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  3. At least you won't have too long to wait until her training starts and in the meantime, I hope to new collar makes a difference.

    The clouds look amazing.

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    1. About six or seven weeks to wait but hopefully Tilly will be less giddy by then :) I thought the clouds looked amazing too.

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  4. That looks like the Hilti Head Collar that my son's golden doodle has always worn, works very well.

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    1. It's very similar to a Halti. Apparently this particular head collar can't slip up into the dog's eyes like a Halti can or so I was told.

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  5. Many years ago we has a similar nose collar for our huge boxer dog, cured the pulling instantly.

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    1. I've seen dogs wearing them and I have high hopes it will work for Tilly. I didn't try it yesterday as we were calling at the retail park so today will be the day.

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  6. Love your cloud photos & I must ask my friend Jill if that is the the collar she uses for her poodle who also pulls & can get very over excited when meeting friendly folk. Take care, stay safe & hugs.

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    1. I thought the clouds looked wonderful. Yes, Tilly thinks all people are about to make a fuss of her and she gets over excited. I've yet to try the head collar on her.

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  7. Your clouds were mid level altocumulous, great for long range shots of open views. It'll be interesting to know how you get on with Tilly's new head collar, i hope it works for you :)

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    1. I can't remember seeing clouds like that before so good to know they have a name. The head collar was a great success although it took a few attempts to fit it on her and then I had a few practice walks around the garden. We walked along the dunes path and through the streets and back to the car. We did meet another dog along the way and she backed away from it even though it stood quietly with it's owner but actual walking her was a real treat. I can definitely recommend it.

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  8. From Ann via Bloglovin'

    ann hyde
    • 5h ago
    The nose halter is the one we use for days we have Barney, it works far better than the other sort. Tilly will probably, like Barney, try to rub along the ground to remove it....Don't make a fuss about that, or you highlight the issue..just try to distract her with "look at this" or "where's (someone/something)" and her mind will alter and gradually she will accept it. Glad you got your name down for her training, but keep in mind that it is more about "training the owners to train their dog". 🤣 The socialising part will be good for Tilly as the more doggie friends she meets the better.....ann x

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    1. She's not doing too bad with the nose collar Ann, still tries to pull but it holds her back and I just use it as a loose lead so she is stopping herself, so I'll say so far so good. She's afraid of other dogs at the moment so the classes will be good for her and I'm looking forward to being trained to train her :)

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  9. I love to watch clouds, especially white fluffy ones against a bright blue sky :)
    I spoke with my friend yesterday and she said that usually, young dogs such as Tilly see the grooming process as a game. If you are not sure you should go with your gut instinct. X

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    1. I love cloud watching too and I sometimes see some interesting shapes. The groomer made it sound as though Tilly was being uncooperative so I think the problem could have been with the groomer. Anyway we will try the mobile groomer next time and thank you for asking your friend's advice for me, it's much appreciated xx

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