We took Piper, Violet, and Dewey to Petco today. It wasn't as chaotic as it could've been. Piper is adjusting to her Gentle Leader. I haven't really talked about Piper's issues here, but I feel like she's making a little headway. She's had a reactivity problem since the day she came home at 10 weeks that Eric's GSD contacts say involves "weak nerves." We've socialized, had her in training classes, consulted behaviorists, poured blood sweat and tears into getting her through her issues. It's been a rocky road. Her reactivity has improved in leaps and bounds, but living with Piper is still all about management. I'm not overstating things when I say that her Gentle Leader changed her life. We can take her places, and she's a hundred times more stable even without it now. Violet acted somewhat of a fool in Petco, she usually has pretty good stranger manners, but not today. I've worked my butt off to get her that way, because her Collie exuberance could knock people over otherwise. Clearly we still have some work to do. Dewey, meanwhile, is turning into kind of a jerk with other dogs, which needs to be nipped in the bud yesterday. These dogs, they have issues. (Well. Violet really doesn't have issues per se, we've just got some more work to do, but I was never under any illusions otherwise.)
So in light of this (because of? In spite of?) I came home and decided that I want them all to get their CGCs. (It started with Violet and expanded.) Piper would actually, at this point, probably do well on almost all of the tests. Violet's biggest challenge will be not showing "over-exuberance" and Dewey's will, of course, be maintaining around other dogs.
But, you know, I think we're gonna do it.
Peep was having a moment, but cool heads prevailed.
Dewey picked out his toy. It looks like a haunted house from the front. He is in love with it.
Violet demonstrated her "bang" command (and received a treat).