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Old 01-19-2018, 09:11 PM   #401 (permalink)
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What a candid post. Ahh I can totally relate. Lucky is still a working progress because he does not behave the same way in every environment. He typically behaves much better indoors than outside and esp off leash. Today I had him off leash and he was suppose to stay while I walked 25 feet to throw out his waste and he broke the command and went tried to chase some ducks. This has never happened before but the cold 30 degree weather has made him bouncy.
Before Lucky, when I thought of service dogs I had always thought of a dog with perfect behavior like Lassie or something but now I know that they are just like people. They try not to make mistakes but it isnít perfect 100% of the time.

A few days ago Lucky didnít like the checkout lane at Walmart because a rack was hanging at an odd angle. We moved to the next lane.

Noel reminds me of Kit, who absolutely adores people whereas Lucky does not react to people at all. Iíve been walking Kit outside and she enjoys hanging in the 27 degree weather at night. She likes taking her time while I am wondering how Florida has ever become this cold. Kit loves to stretch her walks and only potties in the end because that i used to go inside immediately after she does her business. That night our walk took 45 min because she didnít want to go. Suddenly a stranger comes around the corner giving her the flirty eye. You can hear her gushing from 10 feet away and Kit was ecstatic! She is a bit of an attention whore and her whole butt shakes like she is doing Zumba lol and then she starts bouncing. Like Noelle Kit loves attention and she is super excited to be greeted by strangers. Unfortunately after being petted, all she does is pull for the rest of the walk to try to find that person. This makes me grumpy because she is very can pull quite hard. I had to use the gentle leader for the past month because she has pulled me down. When it is on for walks she does the crotch rub and it is very embarrassing lol.

I hope Francis will recover soon so they could wrestle around like old times. Lucky is a lot higher energy than Kit because if the opposite was true, I would be a bit scared given her enthusiasm and love for strangers. I donít know if Noelle does this but when people smile at Kit, her eyes widen like a cartoon character and her mouth opens while her tongue hangs out. She is one funny flirt.


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Old 01-20-2018, 12:31 AM   #402 (permalink)
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I admit to getting grumpy with the dogs when I am stressed - and that is even with the luxury of a long walk in reasonable weather. Would a small rolled up mat that you could drop for Noelle when waiting help? Some of those floors must be really cold!
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Noelle.
Yes, Mom?
Down, stay.
But, I was staying and now I's standing.
I know you're standing, what I want is for you to down.
But the floor is cold, you wouldn't wants me to get pneumonia.
Noelle, down.
I downed, and now I'm up.
Store checker, "Aw, your dog is so adorable."
Mom, mom, mom, did you hears? I'm adorable. I think I loves her. Wow, a new friend! A new friend! Bounce! I'm a spring! Bounce!
Noelle, calm down.
Can't. Calm. Down. Must. Bounce! A friend, look at me, look at me!
Noelle! Stop it! OMG, I am going to lose my mind.

Who is this weird dog and what have you done with Noelle?

This is happening when we are waiting in line to buy stuff. Noelle's manners completely break down. I tell Noelle to down/stay. But, stay no longer means stay and it is driving me bananas. Even worse, a lot of store clerks flirt with Noelle. When I say a lot of clerks, I mean 90% of them are doing some version of, oh, she's so cute, oh, I love your dog, aw, you're a good dog... Meanwhile, Noelle is flirting back, wagging her entire body, standing up, and wanting to make friends. This is seriously making me frustrated.

Sorry everybody, Click's gonna lose it yelling for a sec.
$%*#! @*$%!
I THOUGHT WE HAD THIS FIGURED OUT ALREADY!!!
AAAAH!!!!

Okay, Click, calm down. Calm down and think. Why is this happening? What is causing our training to fall apart?

Well, a few things have happened in the past month that aren't helping. Number one, it's been subzero outside so Noelle hasn't been running off leash and we haven't been going for walks, either. Not only that, but Francis is not able to play since her surgery, so wow, Noelle is wound up like a top. She's a two-year-old poodle with way too much energy pent up, gonna explode, boom.

Number two, strangers are flirting with her. It's hard for Noelle to ignore people who coo at her on a good day. When she's under-exercised and way too excited about just getting out of the house, add friendly people flirting with her, and, yeah, I can see how this is a problem.

Number three, admit it, Click, you've been super duper grumpy lately, too. Okay, I admit I've been grumpy with Noelle because I can see our training breaking down. Noelle has never responded well to grumpy. She just gets confused, and fails faster, which makes me even more grumpy. We've gotten into a rut with Noelle acting up and me getting grumpy because she's acting up. And since I'm grumpy, Noelle is confused, and because she's confused, she's acting up. Only one of us can stop this cycle and it's not Noelle.

We're having a very difficult time with down/stay, and distractions are too high when people talk to her. From Noelle's perspective, going shopping with me must feel like she's a 4th grader at Disney World and I'm getting angry because she can't concentrate on her math homework. That's not playing fair. Distractions are too much for her in store lines right now. It's on me to minimize those distractions and set her up for success.

We're getting a January thaw next week. Noelle and I will go for long walks in the woods together to get rid of some of that energy. We will also go on training missions to many different stores, just like when she was younger. We'll start all over with stays. Do this, not that. Fortunately, since Noelle has already learned what I want her to do, a refresher course shouldn't be too hard to train. I hope. I really, really hope.

Sometimes, even for service dogs, training breaks down. We're going to work on down/stay and sit/stay in many public places. And I'm going work on telling clerks, "Please don't distract her." Or better yet, "Please ignore the dog, she's working."

Thanks for letting me rant. I'll give you a progress report soon.
And, Noelle is pawing my knees right now and saying, Hey, Mom, you're low. And... she's right. Maybe her in public manners need work, but what really counts is catching lows and saving me. Thanks Noelle. Sorry I've been grumpy. I love you, always.
It happens, you can't blame it on her or yourself.
I'm in the same boat with lack of exercise in the cold snowy weather and Hope gets attention everywhere we go. Her tail wags her entire body when people talk to her and she is 5 now. They don't read the patches and even if they don't make eye contact or touch, the dog knows they are talking about her.
The tile floors in stores here are cold and slushy from boots and my portable mat is too big to carry and use for a 30 second down. She bounces up from a down on those wet floors so I'm using sit now and she is better with that, at least until the weather warms up.

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So, today I took Noelle for a long walk. She has completely forgotten how to walk nicely on a leash. Walk, pull, stop, wait, comes back. Walk three steps, repeat. Sigh. Amazing how much my dog forgot in such a short time.

However, after our walk, we went shopping. Noelle nailed a low blood sugar alert in the store, and ignored everyone else. She pawed my knee over and over perfectly. I ate a bag of fruit snacks and went on my way. She sat in line and stayed. We went to another store, and more sit/stay/heel. Much better. She got her Mary Poppins status back, "Practically perfect in every way."

It's going to finally warm up this week, except for Monday when it is supposed to be raining, Noelle and I can go for long walks and work on loose leash walking again. Still, today was much better. Whew.
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Way to get ďback into the gameĒ Noelle!


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Just catching up on my reading! That girl of yours is a pistol alright! I just want to tell you "I have a prism too!" I had cataract surgery on one eye and it left me with double vision.......Dr said I probably had weak eye muscle before the surgery, that my eyes just 'compensated'...... all I know is if I didn't wear them, I see 4 tail lights & 2 cars in the lane in front of me (HMMMM which is the REAL car? dilemma) LOL!
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As long as she is alerting, hold that in the positive column. Poodle maturity is hard won.
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We went out yesterday for a long walk and worked on loose leash manners. It's remarkable how much they degraded after a month of super cold weather. Below zero, neither of us are going out for a walk. It's been 45 outside which feels really warm to me after below zero for weeks. Translation for those of you in warm climates, if you're used to 75 and it suddenly went up to 120, you would feel hot. Welcome to my world.

Every time we go for a walk, her manners improve. Noelle has never had a really good handle on loose leash. The best I've ever gotten is 60%. Competition heel we have down. She looks at me and follows me everywhere because heeling is fun. Loose leash in the neighborhood is a challenge. We will keep working on it.

In stores, she is back to her Mary Poppins status, "Practically perfect in every way." I call her Mary Poppins in public, which makes Noelle perk up and switch her manners into high gear. Apparently, Mary Poppins means, "Mom has the good treats, I should pay attention now." Which works well, because strangers think her name is Mary Poppins!

We were walking through the store, and I overheard a man say to his daughter, "That is the cutest dog I have ever seen in my life."
Made me laugh.
Noelle has been waiting in line better, but still gets excited by the check out clerk. I'm going to ask for a standing stay during winter, rather than a down on cold floors. I think Noelle will appreciate that, especially with a shaved butt!

Yesterday, after a long walk, I came home and ate dinner. I gave myself insulin for my food. And then I got a surprise.



What the fructose?

First thought, review all the food I ate for dinner, recalculate carbs, beat myself up without mercy. Second thought, check insulin pump site. It wasn't leaking, Noelle would have told me. Huh. Well, my pump was almost out of insulin, and my set was a few days old. Change site, refill insulin pump, inject insulin with a syringe. Blood sugar dropped to 70 and Noelle alerted to a low. Great, just great, a fun roller coaster ride straight to Hades. Eat to fix low, which means no insulin, just food because insulin would bring blood sugar even lower.
Blood sugar rose to 145, and flat lined for a while, and then came down to 114.
Not all high blood sugars are because I did something wrong.

Today is much better. No numbers above 130 all morning. One happy diabetic over here, and Noelle just rocked it. I scanned my Freestyle Libre, 67. Am I low? I don't feel low. I breathed on Noelle and she shrugged. I tested my finger, 98. Ha! Noelle is right and the Freestyle Libre is off. Not by too much, but still off. When I scan and my sensor says low, if Noelle agrees, then I eat. If she shrugs, I'll check my finger. I swear I trust my alert dog more than any other piece of technology. That nose knows. I'm still gonna eat lunch, though.
Okay, it's grooming time and I'll be back with pictures later.
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Ahem, this is Noelle. Today mom covered me in bubbles, blew me all dry with the loud dryer, clipped my face, and my feets, and then she got out the scissors. It taked forever and I was grumpy. Then, would you believe, Mom actually wanted me to take pictures and smile for the camera? She's crazy. But, I let her take a few pictures.





Mom says we are going to training class in an hour. Whoopee! Now I'm a happy poodle.
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Oh, dear, BEAUTIFUL Noelle! Please don't be grumpy when your mom worked so hard and did SUCH a good job to enhance your natural beauty! Wasn't it all worth it in the end? Have fun at class!
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