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Old 06-10-2012, 02:55 AM
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Default Can you tell me if I did the right thing?

Please see my "zoomies" thread in the puppy forum for more of the backstory on this.

This evening after Katalin was fed, we went out and about for our usual walk. She's doing great, all of a sudden - out of nowhere she goes into her zoomie routine - flailing about on the leash, biting it, jumping up on me, mouthing my arm - the whole nine yards. I first go into "tree" mode as advised by my trainer and several other people, and COMPLETELY ignore her. What seems like 5 minutes pass and she has not calmed down AT ALL. I try telling her "No, enough" and walking but she keeps lunging and mouthing. She won't go into a sit or lay down, and I offer her a squeaker ball I brought along but she won't go for it either.

I proceed to tether her to a nearby streetlamp pole (again, as advised once by my trainer and the situation really warranted it). She goes berserk and I walk a few paces away and turn my back to her - a bark or two, wailing, whining, and rolling around occur - all of which I ignore. I approach her after about 5 minutes and she's still crazy - I say "No" and turn my back on her again and wait a few minutes more - this was repeated about 5 - 6 times. around 25 minutes later I approach her - she's seemingly worn out, I put her into a sit, then into a down, she licks my hand - I slowly untether her. She's calm - we continue on a few paces - she jumps on me again a few times but I ignore it and let it go - we continue on our way home and the rest of the walk is uneventful and easy.

Can someone please tell me if I handled this correctly or not? and pointers for future occurrences would be appreciated too.
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