I want to thank everyone for their suggestions and comments on yesterday’s post about Shiva’s vehicular anxiety. You have given me a lot of ideas for things to try. She has always been very excitable in the car. But then, she’s always been excitable everywhere. She loves going for rides but as soon as we slow down or turn into a parking spot, she starts whining. I had assumed it was just excitement about going to new places. Perhaps there is a lot more to it than that. Where there is excitement, there is probably also stress. Oddly enough, practicing calm behaviour in the car is not something we have spent a lot of time working on. It’s about time we started. Thank you for helping me look at the problem in a logical way.
But I digress.
I have a fun video to share with you today! More evidence that my dog is a little over the top. Please do not try this at home:
And, in other news, those of you who bet Shiva’s new antler would last a month will be grateful they didn’t put any money on it. Shiva’s addiction knows no bounds. We are going to have to find a new supplier before her habit bankrupts us all. Here is a photo of the antler before she got her mouth on it:
And here is the photo I took about three days after:
We’re going to be lucky if it lasts the weekend! Can anyone out there put me in touch with a new dealer? I’m willing to travel!
Speaking of the weekend, this Sunday is our first agility fun match. I wasn’t going to mention it because I didn’t want the pressure but I am going to need all the good vibes I can get. Even though it’s not a real trial it will be the first time Shiva and I ever attempt a full course together. In a new environment. With new dogs. I will try to get my PH to film video of the disaster that will inevitably ensue. I promise to share it with you. Maybe. Unless I throw a tantrum in the middle of the course.