I know, it's been awhile, but I thought I'd post an update just in case anyone out there is still interested in what is going on with our girl-hound.
Cully has been here two and a half years now. It's been two and a half years of non-stop training. I would like to say that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and in some cases, I think maybe she's finally got it, but in others...sigh. We never would have been able to do it without the trainer, but we finally have her dog agression under control. She still doesn't like dogs but she will ignore them on walks which, at this point, is all that matters. Her fear of trash trucks and motorcycles remains but is manageable.
I am sad to say, however, that Cully's counter-surfing is here to stay unless I do as the trainer suggested and get an e-collar. Cully doesn't realize it, but she is getting closer to that training measure every time she gets caught. Last night I almost lost an entire head of cauliflower. What dog in their right mind will eat a cauliflower? Most humans won't even eat a cauliflower. Cully, however, cannot be trusted when one is within reach. Opening the veg drawer in the fridge brings her running. Hearing me unwrap a head of lettuce has her drooling. (The Lettuce Reaction makes me laugh every single time, mainly because I think of Ray's equal but opposite Lettuce Reaction. The retraction of his lips as he'd politely take that disgusting thing in his teeth and walk to the front hall to discretely drop it out of view of the giver.) Cully LOVES lettuce. Anyway, enough about her training.
Personality wise, Cully is a sweetie. She's a bit quirky and incredibly stubborn, but sweet sweet sweet - except when it comes to squirrels. Cully despises squirrels in her domain and will explode out the back door like a squirrel-seeking missile if she sees one of the fluffy interlopers. Strangely she ignores them everywhere else but they are NOT allowed in her backyard. She enjoys the company of her cats, must have a paw on whomever she is talking to, and is especially attracted to old men. Other than these little things, Cully is your normal, everyday, vegetable-loving hound. If that is a normal thing. Vegetable-loving (shakes head in disbelief).
|Cully and her favorite toys.|
|Celebrating Valentine's day with her favorite cat.|
|Celebrating St. Patrick's Day.|
|Hanging with Li.|
Aw, she looks so relaxed and happy, especially in that last photo. Hilarious description of Ray's reaction to lettuce! And at least vegetables won't make her overweight? But a whole head of cauliflower is a pretty expensive dinner :)ReplyDelete
That’s great news about her training!ReplyDelete
As for her counter surfing, that brings back memories of my dog Copper. He was notorious for it. He basically trained me to keep everything out of reach. He once ate a container of black pepper, 2 leather gloves disappeared, an entire loaf of bread, and the most memorable, an entire jar of Vaseline. Funny how out of all the things he ate, the only one that left visible evidence in his out-hole was the Vaseline. I had an interesting time trying to get his greasy butt fur clean.
Hi Blueberry's Human. Good to hear from you! The above comment is HILARIOUS.Delete
I can relate to keeping things out of reach but I'm always surprised by what she CAN reach. I'm just grateful that she doesn't have Ray's sensitive stomach but seems more related to the goat family. So far it seems she can eat anything without consequences.