Saturday, May 3, 2008

Stressful Day

This afternoon I took Chimi to my church's spring picnic. We were not ready for that. He was overwhelmed by the multiple distractions plus the flies. I got fed up with people telling me how I aught to handle the dog even my one of my best friends does not understand that sniffing and such things can not be allowed in any setting outside of home when Chimi is in harness even if people are not offended or afraid of it. People want to see the "Super Dog" but then they think you are being cruel when you do not let him "just be a dog."And if he acts like just a dog they give you advice on how to train his behavior. I think it is a double slandered. Then there are people who go the other extreme and either talk to the dog and not to you or they avoid you all together to keep from distracting the dog.
When we got home we both needed a playtime. I have tried a play date and the flexi lead. I think our bond needs to be stronger before I involve other dogs, other people, or new environments in Chimi's playtime. So tonight I closed of my bedroom and tossed a rubber ball off the back wall. Chimi and I distressed playing fetch! I liked trowing and Chimi liked retrieving


Kelsey and Spike said...

I'm sorry you have to deal with that kind of stuff! It's one thing for us puppy raisers to have to deal with it....but another for the actual working team. I'm sure as your and Chimi's bond continues to get stronger, you'll have a much easier time on outings. Good luck, and don't let the ignorant people discourage you! ;)

Lisa & Runza said...

I remember one time I took Runza to church when he was about 10 months old. A man got down on the floor and in his face and was baby talking him, then when Runza licked him he stood straight up and proceeded to tell me how terribly trained my dog was and that he shouldn't have licked the man. I didn't know what to say so I just sat down. Anyway, just wanted to let you know people can be weird and have all these unrealistic expectations. And, you and Chimi will only get better as you develop a better bond and then as people see that they will hopefully be able to understand. What a great ambassador you are being. Keep up the good work. I'm glad you got a chance to de-stress.