I just bought the first Christmas gift of the shopping season - a gift card! Now I need to get the rest of it done soon. Try as I may, I can't conjure up much Christmas spirit this year.
I just returned from the 3rd walk today with Rocky. He had been out with Andrew for the second day, and what an improvement! He responds much better to "heel", and a few other simple commands. Yesterday I could hear him barking and whimpering when Andrew took him out of sight of the house, but today he went willingly and quietly. We've arranged for these walks for the rest of this week, and will just play it by ear next week due to the Christmas holiday.
Al asked me about the prong collar and I will try to describe it. It isn't nearly as bad as it sounds, but maybe there are worse models out there. It is a collar consisting of rather large chain links. One end of each link opens out (two prongs) so there are prongs along the inside of the collar. They are not small in circumference, and they aren't pointy, and he doesn't seem to be bothered by them at all. I think he realizes he has to walk in a civilized manner and not be jumping on everyone we meet, nor can he pull my arms out of the sockets. I wouldn't be able to keep him with the way things were going, and I hope we don't need this collar for long. Also, he chewed up two really durable nylon collars in two days last week, and that can't continue. By the way, I checked numerous times on the walk, and when he is walking in a normal fashion, even stopping to smell something on the ground or whatever, the prongs never touch his neck. I'm sure he couldn't lunge at someone without feeling it, but they would definitely not pierce or even prick his skin.
As far as stress on his neck, I worry about that as well, but when I have him on his regular collar and leash and he pulls with all his strength to try to get to another person or animal, that certainly can't be good for his neck. He knows instinctively not to pull with the chain collar and also I can feel a slight tug if he wants to stop to relieve himself, stop to smell the roses or whatever, etc. We both are doing fine with this system, and I look forward to the time when he doesn't need it. No doubt many of you thought I was a damn fool to get a dog, and I was, but I did!
While Andrew and Rocky were walking I tried to get as much cleaning done as I could, even moving furniture. Now I'm plumb wore out and think I need a rest.
Have a good day!
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