I’m glad it’s an overcast day. I have so much work to catch up on and I don’t feel bad spending most of my time inside. I have to study, do packaging for the shop, and catch up on laundry! I hope I can get all of that done soon so I can head to the grocery store to get some healthy foods for the week. After breakfast, Nick and I went our separate ways so we could both get work done.
We were blessed with a beautiful weekend. It wasn’t miserably hot and we took advantage of it by spending a lot of time outside.
After church yesterday, we took the dogs to PetSmart to grab them new leashes. I’ve been having a hard time with Grumples lately. He’s acting out and getting leash aggression. I bought him a front harness after failing with almost every other type of leash.
The new leash helps a lot with pulling, but it’s not helping with his outbursts.
The river walk has tons of areas for swimming, biking, and walking. The dogs had fun jumping in and out of the water.
We were shocked at Tino’s excitement towards the water. He darted for it and started splashing around.
Even people were swimming in the river. I don’t think I’d be able to get in the water since there are tons of snakes and it’s not clear enough…
People were out in the middle of the river with coolers and fishing.
We are going to come back on a day when there aren’t a lot of people, so we can take the dogs off leash to swim.
While we walk Grumples, he is great. He can walk by people and dogs, but every now and then…something will set him off. He made me really nervous yesterday to the point where it made me sick to my stomach because of how stressed out I was. If I don’t let him go up to a dog to sniff, he freaks out and starts barking and lunging. It’s terrifying. I was sick all day yesterday from it and on the verge of tears. This stuff makes me so upset.
Ten seconds after an outburst he is normal all of a sudden…
Nick’s parents brought their dogs to the Riverwalk too.
The great thing about the path is that it’s dog friendly. It has trash cans and bags for the waste, tons of areas for them to walk, and it’s shaded.
We had five dogs!
I brought a backpack with ten bottles of water.
Grumples, Tino, Marley, Haley, and Luke!
Grumples is so good with other dogs, people, and then as soon as that leash attaches to him, he’s a different person and I feel like it’s getting worse and worse!
I mean…he doesn’t look like a mean dog…but his episodes are atrocious.
I’ve read a lot of articles, books, and watched youtube videos on how to fix it, but none of them seem to work. All dogs are different. He started changing about a year ago and after yesterday’s walk, I decided that I need to get a professional. I’ve tried everything, but nothing is working and it’s not safe for him or others to be around his episodes. He’s such a loving dog, but he’s going through something.
Tino on the other hand is doing really well and is the biggest goofball.
I felt really bad for him at PetSmart. While we were in there, a lady with two giant labs came down our aisle. Their labs started barking at Tino and it’s normal for a dog to bark back. Tino is the FRIENDLIEST dog ever; he won’t hurt a caterpillar. The lady started yelling “get back” “get out of here” and said something under her breath about him being pit bull. There is so much ignorance and stigma to the breed and people need to really do more research on these dogs because they are so misunderstood.
You can’t judge a dog by it’s breed. Look how friendly Grumples looks…
We finally finished our walk!
The dogs drank so much water before getting into the car.
My car is due for a cleaning now!
We got to training around five and had him evaluated. They said that Grumples is acting this way because he’s insecure and a very nervous dog. He’s also addicted to the “high” that he gets from acting out and that is why he only barked at every other person. As soon as he got off the high, he needed to get upset again. He listens well, he knows sign language, he knows so many tricks, but its the self confidence that he needs to work on. A lot of this could be because I was by myself a lot in Chicago and Detroit and would walk at night. He felt the fear and become more protective of me. When we were in the training room, he sat right in front of me panting and got nervous when anyone came too close to me. That isn’t good. I just want to be able to take my dog places with me again and not worry about how he’ll act.
He will be getting some deep training and I’m going to figure this out. They’ll be training the BOTH of us. You all know how much I love my dog, and I don’t want to see anything bad happen to him. I just want him back to normal. I’ll keep you all updated on him!
After the dog trainer, we headed back to Nick’s parents for dinner. His mom made broccoli salad and his dad made pulled pork.
After dinner we relaxed outside with coffee. Nick’s mom made apple crisp and it was delicious and reminded me of fall 🙂 We all watched the movie Aloha together. It was a good movie, but kind of strange at the same time. “Cheesy” would be a great way to describe it.
It was a good ending to the night and a stress reliever. Grumps was cuddled up next to me and I tried to calm myself and stop thinking about it.
The pups and I were passed out by eleven!
Alright, time to knock some things out so I can grocery shop and relax the rest of the time!