Saturday, 17 March 2018
Boys Will Be Boys
I'm going to ask her not to examine him before the Xray as he's really had an issue with his back legs since the previous examination. She really did hurt him that day and he went to pieces about it and it's now in his mind that anyone touching his back legs is going to hurt him. The first time we went to Ring Craft after the vet exam he was very unsettled and pulled away as he was being "gone over." But within 20 mins he realised what it was about and settled again. I got people to go over him at the shows before he went into the ring and he was fine, but this week he had a really bad reaction again. To be honest I'd forgotten about it and wasn't expecting it, but maybe that wasn't a bad thing as we know it wasn't coming from me. His reaction this time was worse than ever with a loud sharp cry a swing of the head and a panic. As the person going over him was experienced and willing to try things the way I wanted to he soon settled and realised it was not going to hurt. I think in looking for signs of Pano the vet pinched him in the long bones and now as they are being touched at Ring Craft he freaks. Still it was quickly over and I must remember to ask someone to go over him before the class at next week show.. if he's there!
I take a toy on the walk with Ziva and Sammi. It worked wonders in stopping them spatting every few minutes, one of them would carry it or they'd play tug nicely with it. But now with Loki on that walk the plan has all but gone to pot as he takes the toy off them and they let him have it. Taking 2 toys doesn't work as Loki wants whatever toy the girls have and will continually drop his to pinch there's, so the girl are back spatting and he gets his own way. But of course though Asha dotes on Loki if she has the toy he is far too respectful of her to try and take it off her! Pack behaviour is truly amazing to watch, everyone has a place and a role .. though of course as in Kaiah's case she's not happy to be down in the bottom of the pile and will and is pushing her way up through the rank of females!