I wanted to try to do a pictorial of our vaca with Rita to Cambria in Central CA today, but I didn't have time to get organized, so instead I'm sharing a subset of Rita balancing on things while we were on vaca!
I'm always impressed by Mr. N., the adorable Tenacious Little Terrier and the Adventures of Zoe & Phoenix and all the other talented dogs out there who can hop up on trees and whatnot and pose for photos. Since Rita has a lot of fears, I figured we'd try some hoping-up-and-posing pics, too, to build up her confidence - but we started small!
Here she is on a bench. (I know: easy-peasy. But they had all these cool benches made of logs and driftwood so it was mostly for the photo op and to practice her "go to your bed" command. That was the command I used to get her up on all these things. If I pat something - sofa, her bed, bench, whatever - and say "go to your bed" she'll get on it.)
Here she is on a rock. Unfortunately in this pic you can't tell, but it was pretty high up, so she had to be brave to jump up there.
Here's her best feat... posing on an old driftwood log! She doesn't look so sure in this first photo... (although she does look darn cute)
...but she was warming up to the task in these next two!
Next up for building up her confidence, we're going to do a bit of nose work! Blog posts to come!
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Those are fabulous photos!ReplyDelete
I was proud of my little nut!Delete
Rita looks like a pro to me!ReplyDelete
She usually hates the camera in her face, but she did good on these shots!Delete
Fantastic photos, but then how could they not be (since they feature the beautiful Rita!)ReplyDelete
Maybe Jeffie could print out a pin-up. :)Delete
She looks great! Nose work sounds like tons of fun too.ReplyDelete
We've done one VERY easy session. Hoping she'll like it.Delete
Go Rita! Looks great!ReplyDelete
Love seeing the transformation with Rita's confidence photos! Isn't it the best thing in the world, watching your dog learn new things and conquering fear and apprehension? That smile says it all! :)ReplyDelete
Yes, it is great! We're still working on her fears of the broom! :)Delete
Great shots of Rita. I think the one with her on the rock is my favorite. My dogs have plenty of confidence, but they won't hold still! Well, unless it's storming, then their confidence goes into hiding - right alongside them.ReplyDelete
We very rarely get storms here, but luckily that is one thing Rita's actually NOT afraid of - unless the thunder sneaks up on us and hits while we're outside, but that is super rare here.Delete
Lovely scenic beach to practice on!ReplyDelete
The beaches were really great there! I miss them!Delete
Lovely pictures. I miss the beach and I bet my guys miss it too.ReplyDelete
It's funny cuz we live by the beach, but we don't go that much. We love to go when we're on vacation though! :)Delete
Great job Rita!ReplyDelete
Mr Bailey, hazel & Mabel
Thanks! She was well rewarded with praise and treats!Delete
Are you taking a nose work class? It really does build a dog's confidence. We have seen it with other dogs who have been in some of our classes.ReplyDelete
I'll have to see if I can find a class around here. For now we're just starting out doing some things at home. We've only had 1 session so far! :) And, like the posing, we started out very easy!Delete
Oh, that's a good idea! Luke loves jumping, but I've never really tried him on different things like that.ReplyDelete
I need to get back into the nose work too...he had fun with that (Cricket liked that too). Can't wait to see how you do with Rita!
Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets
I bet Luke would take to this no problem! And, hey, it's more blog fodder! :)Delete
Rita is doing great I think, love her sad face on the log. It didn't take me long to learn to jump up on things and pose for pictures, as long as they DON"T move! The problem we have now is me jumping up on anything and climbing up high, for treats. Love DollyReplyDelete
Yeah, I'm not sure Rita will ever be able to jump up on something that moves. That would be very very scary!Delete
She is so cute! Great job!ReplyDelete
Awww! Rita! Me and the human love you to bits!! That's saying something as far as I'm concerned, you know, being a cat and all! MOLReplyDelete
Awww, thanks! And Rita and this human love you guys right back! And again - yeah, with you being a cat and all that is saying something for Rita! :)Delete
Well done, Rita ! You look great ! PurrsReplyDelete
Thank you! She seemed proud of herself!Delete
I love benches like that. They have them at Mohonk Mountain House, one of my favorite places to go. And good for Rita, jumping up there. One step (jump!) at a time...ReplyDelete
--Wags (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats
Wow! I just googled Mohonk Mountain House - what a GORGEOUS place!! Another one for the bucket list!Delete
I'm glad Mr. N is serving as an inspiration! Good job, Rita!ReplyDelete
Rita wishes she could be more tenacious like Mr. N! :)Delete
Not only does it build confidence it's good exercise too!ReplyDelete
Good point! Double bonus!Delete
I'm thinking about doing nose work with Zoey. I've been told my several people that it will build confidence so I'm saving boxes to create a game of it for her. It's supposed to be a nice weekend so I want to give it a try.ReplyDelete
I'm hoping our game will also help her overcome her new fear of the clicker. But I may have to just reward with praise.
I mean, mark with praise.Delete
NIce work, Rita! Lovely pictures and I love the driftwood bench.ReplyDelete
Great pictures and nose work, what fun. Can't wait to hear about it.ReplyDelete
Hey - I think Rita is doing a fine job!ReplyDelete