Saturday, 16 October 2021

Out and about and meeting and greeting

It's been quite a pleasant week weather-wise although it's definitely getting chillier now. I don't go far with Tilly on her daily walks but I have taken a few photos during the week. On Sunday we went to the harbour only to discover the footpath was closed because large diggers are carrying out work on the annual dredging, shifting loads of sand to make it easier for boats coming in and out of the harbour. So Tilly and I walked across the bridge, strolled along the promenade only for us to have to wait for the bridge to go back down again so a boat could pass underneath. I know the dredging work will be going on for a week or two now so we have to vary our walking routes.

 
 
 

We've been to the park and met Tilly's two cockapoo friends but Tilly is slightly afraid of them running around at high speed and didn't join in the fun which is the result of her previous encounter with the big dog that harassed her so much. We've been to see the horse and have actually seen a couple of people who were giving him a drink of tea poured into a plastic jug from a flask as apparently he really enjoys a cup of tea they told me, to say I was very surprised is an understatement. We also spotted the strange looking sheep in the nearby field. they are not always there.


A couple of houses are decorated ready for Halloween The house in the first photo is all lit up with flashing lights once it goes dark in the evenings. It's not something we've ever done for Halloween but it's nice to see others getting into the spirit of things.



In other news Tilly has started the new term at dog training classes. She's now enrolled in the beginner's class and will be working towards her bronze award over the coming weeks. There are many more dogs in this class and apart from one very vocal one Tilly seems alright with most of them. The trainer did say that Tilly is very treat dependent which she is but praised Tilly's recall which is very good and I have no trouble at all calling her back to me. We're working on the meeting and greeting others and it's a shame she had that setback in the park when she was doing so well. The wait command is a very important one and Tilly needs to practice that as she can't get out of the front door fast enough for her daily walks.



14 comments:

  1. Good to hear that Tilly is in the beginner's class. It's a shame the encounter with the big dog has affected her confidence with her cockapoo friends so hope that it's something she can gradually overcome. I wonder how long it will take her to learn the wait command?

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    1. The twp cockapoos run around at high speed and are older and bigger than Tilly so I think she feels a bit overwhelmed. The pups at training check each other out by sniffing noses and Tilly backs away if she's unsure. The training classes will help build her confidence. I have a stair gate and I ask her to wait every single day so you could say it's a work in progress :)

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  2. I hope Tilly does well in training and gets her bronze award. Do these new classes last the same number of weeks as the previous classes? I don't think I've ever seen so much water in the harbour, whenever I've been round there it's always been low tide. I think your sheep are Jacob sheep, apparently they make good pets if you ever fancy something a bit different :) :)

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    1. It's an eight week course same as the puppy socialisation course. They must have started the dredging when it was low tide with so much sand in that pile. I haven't been to the harbour for a few weeks what with Tilly being in season as it's a very popular place for dog walkers with easy access to the beach. They are Jacob sheep and perhaps I could borrow one to keep the grass down in the garden :-)

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  3. From Ann via Bloglovin'
    That bridge looks amazing from underneath (ha! only I could say that 🤣). Horses do like unusual things, tea is one but not too much. I've known them like shandy too. The sheep are Jacob's, they have some at Arlington....personally I prefer the ones that have faces like a teddybear. We escape the trick or treats here for Halloween. Very American isn't it, but I have a friend out there who avoids all the hype.

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    1. I have a special memory of the bridge. It opened in 2013 and I was near the front of the crowd at the grand opening and Annie was the first dog to walk across the bridge, nothing official but something I will always remember. As I walked Tilly across for the first time last week I had a lump in my throat.
      I was amazed to see the horse drinking tea from the jug and if ever I see that couple again I will pass on the knowledge that he may prefer a shandy as told to me from someone who knows :) I haven't seen sheep that look like teddy bears and I'd love to see them. I have very mixed feelings about Halloween as I like to see the children dressed up in their costumes and I like handing out the sweets but we have deliberately gone out for a meal some years and returned one time to having had an egg thrown at our window, little horrors :)

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  4. I hope Tilly does well in her new training class and receives her award! I enjoyed seeing the Halloween decorations!

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    1. Thank you Bless, it's good seeing Tilly grow up, maturing and learning new things and I enjoy going to the classes too. I didn't photograph the whole of the first house but it's wonderful to see it all lit up at night. I'm glad you liked the photos.

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  5. Archie is just the same, he'll do anything for a treat, he's such a greedy dog. I'm sure the classes will help Tilly overcome her anxiety around other dogs, it's a shame she had that setback as it's obviously affected her confidence but it's good that she's getting the opportunity to see that mixing with other dogs can be fun. We don't do anything for Halloween either but I do like to see all the decorated houses.

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    1. I was talking to a man out with his dog as we dog owners do but the dog had put it's brakes on and didn't want to move at the end of the conversation and he said to the dog "do you want a biscuit" and the dog moved pretty quickly then which made me laugh. I tried it with Tilly and it works and like Archie she'll do anything for treats. It seems we have to wean them off treats now and the trainer said the praise and a smile should be enough, we'll see :)
      I've not seen too many houses decorated for Halloween before or just not taken any notice of them more than likely.

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  6. I know we only get a fraction of the fully story from a blog post but it always sounds to me like you are doing brilliantly with Tilly. And never forget how young she is, xx

    Such a shame she was so frightened by that dog in the park. Years ago I had a similar experience with Ollie and he was never comfortable if he could see a black labrador. Eventually I learned that my trying to protect him from a perceived threat merely reinforced his fear and that if I could give "the problem" as wide a berth as possible and at the same time tell my boy that life was wonderful and everything was OK then he relaxed hugely.

    I am sure that anyone overhearing my "happy voice" enthusiastically telling him 'yay, everything is fine" got me earmarked as the local mad woman but I am used to that and his well-being was more important!

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    1. Tilly is still a baby and smaller than we thought she'd be so most dogs are bigger and bolder than her. Out this morning she was frightened by a cat sat outside someone's gates. I hadn't seen it but Tilly's jumping sideways made me aware. I would have given that cat a wide berth had I known it was there.
      I know I can't protect her from everything but hopefully her confidence will return. My biggest gripe with the dog that mauled her was the owner having it off lead and saying it was friendly when clearly it should have been on lead in that area of the park and it was far too over-friendly. I don't care if people think I'm a mad woman trying to protect my dog and I certainly won't make her anxious, I want her to have a carefree and happy life.

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  7. Eileen, thank you so much for the bridge and boat photos! My dog Lucy is a case in extreme when it comes to treats and will not settle down without a reward. She has a weight problem and arthritis so I should have been more self disciplined to her addiction years ago. It seems you can't teach an old dog new habits without a lot of grief suffered by both the recipient and giver! I expect you are more in control and less of a pushover than I am.💖

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    1. I'm afraid I am a pushover when it comes to teats, I think Tilly expects so Tilly gets :) Such a shame that Lucy is suffering with arthritis, poor little lass. Tilly had a good run on the beach yesterday but she's just a pup so I will keep a good eye on her weight. I'm so glad you like the photos of the boats and bridge, I have a real fondness for the bridge.

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