Saturday, June 18, 2011

Sebastian and Inka's first, tentative contacts

That was Sebastian and Inka's first eye contact when we came home on Thursday.

Gentle touch.

Sebastian likes touching Inka's fur. The marks on his hands are calluses from him biting his own hands, which he does when he is frustrated, or when he is overwhelmed by sensations that he can't deal with. The calluses are softening and getting smaller since he is not biting himself so much anymore.

Inka has soft ears.

Sebastian was feeling Inkas paws with his toes. That is also an exploration.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Dog days

Today we had a great day. The weater was great. Day did not start smoovely though. Inka was caughing from me pulling her leash so much. It made me think that I was not doing well at all. We had a grooming lecture in the morning. After that we went to off-leash park where dogs were runing as fast as their four paws allowed. It is a real joy to watch them play. In the afternoon Inka was a real starlet at the large and busy mall. She behaved very, very well.
I have pet proffesional who trained Inka for last few months. I saw how attached and responsive Inka was to her. I understand better now Inka's emotional energetic goden retrever ways that show themselves in nervous paws and waggy tail. I have two more days at that amaizing facility and I intend to learn as much as possible. Luckily trainers treat their human traineese with patience equal or may be greater to what their canine students require.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Dog/human training

I am in Oakville learnng about the dog world. There's lots to learn! I have met my new life partner. Her name is Inka and she is golden retriever/Labrador mix. She's the only blond and girly girl among four very masculine black labrador boys in our training group. I have seen her outrun them and outsmart all them big fellas in the leash-off area.

I am learning a lot. Today we went to the mall and a pet store. I get nervous and overwhelmed more often than dogs did. Tainers tell me that Inka "tests" me trying to establish her dominance and independence. I should respond by "correcting" her behaviour by yanking her leash. I am not quite confortable doing it, since I do not like yanking anybody's chain, and my timing is off quite often. Inka certanly does more of that "testing" behaviour than the more docile labs. But it has only been our second day together, and I hope I will get more confortable in the dog's world soon.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Getting ready for departure

I am getting ready to go for autism dog assistance training for a week. It is only 30 km away but I will have to stay overnight there for few days to bond with the dog. I am elated, exited and nervous. Sebastian has been very good lately, but on Wednesday he had an intense allergy attack during a very hot day, and every day since his eyes get pink and he wakes up with green crust in his eyelashes in the morning. He takes prescription antihistamines everyday. After the first week of adjusting to them they seem to work some and we only had two major attacks since April. I am checking the weather forecasts and praying for good winds.

Sebastian is calm and very affectionate lately. He climbs on my lap, asks for tickles, follows me, pulls my skirt and laughs, laughs and giggles as if he was telling me funny stories. I am collecting those precious moments like jewels. I stop whatever I am doing and give him long hugs, and breathe in the smell of his hair think life couldn't be better than this.