Forward one, back five

I am using a new laptop (new to me anyway), and I cannot get it to connect to my phone to upload pictures. I will do some proper updates of walks etc in a little bit once I have the patience.

As I discussed in the last post. Zeph had been doing great with walking past other dogs. We went for a walk last night with Zeph, Echo and Lola, and B’s little brother S. We had a great walk, did almost 4 miles which isn’t much but it was a nice saunter enjoying the gorgeous weather we’ve had. We were 10 minutes away when we had a near miss. We saw a boisterous lab up ahead so (all of ours where on lead at this point) we pulled our dogs well off to the side. The owner of the lab panicked, screamed at her dog,a bolshy boy and then hesitated for what felt like ages. Zephy is ok if it’s short and a quick pass and we continue. Well, the woman hesitated, grabbed her dog, then walked almost in line with Zeph and her dog growled at Zeph and that was it. Zeph lunged forward and I couldn’t keep my balance so he gained three feet going for the dog. It’s the first time he’s actually tried to go for a dog. The owner, rightly, got a fright and she ran off with her dog. She stopped a few hundred yards up the path and as soon as the dog was away Zeph instantly stopped his nonesense. It’s like a switch in his silly head. I saw the owner on her phone and I think she was actually calling the police!! We apologised profusely to her because despite that fact I am infuriated by her hesitation, she didn’t deserve to be on the receiving end of that. It’s the worst he’s been and I had a cry once we got home.

I’ve called in a dog trainer that we’ve used before for Echo. She’s a lovely woman, uses common sense and positive reinforcement. I can’t wait to have a session with her. I want my dog back. The dog that Zephy becomes when he’s in that state isn’t my cuddly teddy bear and I am terrified he’s going to hurt someone or another dog in that state. The only word to explain his reaction is ‘hysterical’. It’s worse when he’s with me because he’s also protecting me so we need to get him out of that too. All quite disheartening really.

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