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Today's run-thoughs

Well, I figured with both our "leash" titles behind us, it was time to start doing run-thoughs off leash. Kodi was AWESOME! If anything, he was better than he sometimes is on-leash.

The first run I had a long line on him just in case, but it kept getting caught on his tail, which caused him to sit down and grab it off (can't blame him for that!) So the second time I ran him without even the long line... he was great!


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Great Job Kodi!



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AWESOME!!! GO Kodi and Karen!!!

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Whoo Hoo, Karen! I am not surprised to hear this!! You guys are great!

Our class is canceled tonight. Our trainer has been sick off and on for 2 months. I worry about her. Some kind of respiratory virus. We work on the advanced signs and Augie knows them pretty well. But to take him off leash in a public place - ooooh boy, that one scares me - especially after his RLH moment during one of the classes!! For the time being, we will live vicariously through you and Kodi for that! Please continue to share - love hearing of your experiences!

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Whoo Hoo, Karen! I am not surprised to hear this!! You guys are great!

Our class is canceled tonight. Our trainer has been sick off and on for 2 months. I worry about her. Some kind of respiratory virus. We work on the advanced signs and Augie knows them pretty well. But to take him off leash in a public place - ooooh boy, that one scares me - especially after his RLH moment during one of the classes!! For the time being, we will live vicariously through you and Kodi for that! Please continue to share - love hearing of your experiences!
Well, it has been a long time coming, so I'm sure Augie will get there too!

We were planning to go to a CDSP Obedience training session last night, but our area was getting pummeled by tornados. (last count I heard on the news was 11!) We decided to stay home.(with my Mini Cooper, I figured a tornado could easily carry us away, car and all! ) There was video footage of the biggest one sweeping across the Connecticut River, and just sucking the water up out of the river and into the funnel. Really scary! Fortunately, while some of them touched down pretty close to us, we didn't even get winds any stronger than you'd get with a strong thunder storm. Our pool accumulated another 2" of water though!

The heavy damage, injuries and deaths were all further west than we are. A lot of people lost their homes, or at least their roofs. And since this isn't a major tornado area, there are no tornado shelters. One family rode out the storm in their bathtub... but it saved their lives. The house came down around them, but they were all fine when rescue workers got to them.

Kodi wasn't thrilled when big hail hit the windows, but otherwise, he did fine. One of my friends had to drug her dogs and put them in crates in the basement because they got so upset over the noise. Kodi just wanted to sit with us and cuddle. (of course, maybe that's because I make him ride through the car wash (feeding him goodies all the way) on a regular basis. Maybe he just thought it was a gigantic "house wash".


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Oh, wow, scary. So this is pretty unusual for your area? I wouldn't have thought Mass. got tornadoes. This weather is sooo wicked this year. It was almost a year ago (Father's Day) that we were in Billings, Mt. and were within 2 miles of a tornado that totally obliterated some buildings, and left some standing next to them OK. Big hailstorm. Got our truck pummeled.

Taking Kodi through the car wash is probably a really good idea, to desensitize him toward things like that. I have to tell you, you have mentioned your Mini Cooper before, and every time I see one I picture you and Kodi buzzing around in it even though I only vaguely know what you look like!

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Glad you guys are all right!

What a great idea to take Kodi through car washes! You have terrific training ideas and follow-through! You'd be a great instructor... any plans for that?

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Good job Kodi. If I had a Mini cooper I would go to the car wash too Did you name your car? I have been thinking of a Smart car but all my friends think I'm nuts. I almost bought a vespa but my boy friend said he would pay me not to. I love Mini's

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Oh, wow, scary. So this is pretty unusual for your area? I wouldn't have thought Mass. got tornadoes. This weather is sooo wicked this year. It was almost a year ago (Father's Day) that we were in Billings, Mt. and were within 2 miles of a tornado that totally obliterated some buildings, and left some standing next to them OK. Big hailstorm. Got our truck pummeled.

Taking Kodi through the car wash is probably a really good idea, to desensitize him toward things like that. I have to tell you, you have mentioned your Mini Cooper before, and every time I see one I picture you and Kodi buzzing around in it even though I only vaguely know what you look like!
According to the weather people this morning, we typically have 2 tornado touch downs per season in N.E. but even with that, there is RARELY any damage. We had 11 or more touch downs yesterday, with some towns really decimated. This is NOT typical N.E. weather!!!

I like to expose Kodi to as much as possible. I like having him with me, and the more he's exposed to, the less will come as a surprise to him in the real world! When we had only had him for a week, we took him to a balloon festival with us in the trailer. I didn't realize that there were going to be fire works. When it was time for the fireworks, I took him inside the trailer to muffle the sound a bit, and we watched together through the window, with me making "whee! Isn't this fun?" type noises and feeding him cookies. He took it all in stride!<g>


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Glad you guys are all right!

What a great idea to take Kodi through car washes! You have terrific training ideas and follow-through! You'd be a great instructor... any plans for that?
Nah, I was a horse trainer and riding instructor for many years. I don't want to teach any more... I just want to enjoy my own doggie!

As far as the desensitization is concerned, thinking like that comes from YEARS of working with horses. As prey animals, their first response is, "Run first, think later." People AND horses can get hurt that way. So we spend LOTS of time getting them used to EVERYTHING if we want them to be reliable show or even trail horses.


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