So, it’s been a while, eh? I’ve got a lot to say today just to bring you up to date with what’s been going on. Where should I start? If you’ve read my previous entry where I did a review of the “Kong Wubba” dog toy, I have an update on that. It’s mutilated. I mean, I fully expected this to happen. I think it lasted a month or two before Boris dumped it’s innards on the couch. Want to know what’s inside? The little top ball is merely a tennis ball (destroyed in a few hours) and the bottom squeaker looks like this:
Kong Wubba Squeaker
The squeaker ball is still intact only because I minimize play with it and Boris gets very upset when he destroys his wonderful squeakers, haha.
Next up, I’ve been working with a couple bulldogs the past few months. The female is a sweetheart, but the male is.. to say the least, a grumpy old man. This past week has been really bad. Every time I approach with his collar he becomes aggressively reactive. He growls, he snaps, he even charges. This old bulldog doesn’t move very fast, but it’s fast enough to cause some anxiety on my part. So, until this past Saturday I’ve just been contacting my boss and telling him “I can’t get him out. He absolutely will not let me take him.”, which means he would have to come down and care for the male himself. I don’t like doing that, at all. Alas, my boss continued to put them on my schedule and this Saturday he was not available. So I was put between a rock and a hard place. If I didn’t get this grumpy old man outside there would be a mess in the house and a not so happy client. He still would not take to the collar and I didn’t want to put myself in a position where I could be bitten, so I had to improvise. I’ve often seen slip leads used in rescue and aggressive situations so I decided to give it a shot. Luckily, he is also food motivated. Unluckily, he’s not a gentle taker and snaps the treats out of your hand. So, I created the slip lead with his leash like so:
I then had to lay the loop on the floor, and place the treat in the middle. Sounds simple enough, but doing this also gets your hands within reach of a snapping dog as you need to get the loop over the dog’s head. Hopefully, the dog stays busy enough with the food that he does not even notice. The leash I had for this dog was not particularly stiff, so I had to keep the loop large enough to fit over his wide head, making it slightly more hazardous. I would really recommend using something not so limp, it just makes everything easier. Anyway, I got him on the second try. He then realized he was very upset with me and started his growling/snapping routine. Thankfully, when on lead this is pretty futile and you can use “corrections” with a slip lead. I prefer not to use corrections, but for this particular case, the quick tug to let him know he’s behaving inappropriately was well warranted,
Lastly, I have another dog toy review! I purchased the “Chuck-It Kick Fetch” a few weeks back. For those of you who are not familiar with this toy, Boris posed very nicely with it. Personally, I think this photo would make a lovely ad for them.
Boris is in love with it and it is holding up pretty well. Granted there are a few pock marks from his teeth, it hasn’t gotten any major tears or pieces ripped off……yet. I definitely would not call this toy “indestructible”. I only use it at the park because I know if I leave it out at home, Boris will surely sit and chew on it for the entire day until nothing is left but shreds and vacuum food. It costs about $25 at Petco and for that price I would really like for it to last. Anyway, here’s a video of us at the park today. Please ignore my babbling in the background, haha.
I’m sorry about the quality. My camera died unexpectedly, so I ended up using my phone. Meh.