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Old 10-23-2009, 11:20 AM
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How is Jax when you leave him in the house by himself for a few minutes?
He seems to do just fine. He's usually waiting at the door when I return or he may come to the door when he hears the garage door go up. He doesn't bark when I leave that I have heard. I don't think I've heard him bark at all since I've had him. Maybe a "woof" then I corrected and not a peep since.

Actually, this surprised me of the Supervised Separation failure. He's normally calm and reserved. I was hiding behind a counter and couldn't see him, but I did see the lady struggling to hold on to him. She confirmed he was a bit hard to handle because my dog was trying to find me.

Here he is just a few seconds before handing him off to the cashier. He's perfectly fine here.

YouTube - Jax and Cash
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Old 10-23-2009, 03:03 PM
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I just left Jax alone for 3 hours out of his crate, came home and he was sleeping by the door. My house was intact and he is rested. I have to think now it was he didn't feel secure at Petsmart and feels more secure at home.

We are taking it very easy today, a little training on sit /down/stay here and there but he's as solid as he's going to get for tomorrow. So we're just chillin'.
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Old 10-23-2009, 04:14 PM
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Heis probably more comfortable when your gone in his own home because he is in familiar territory. That is why I suggested supervised separation in a different climate out of his own home.

When I was leaving Lola alone in the beginning I knew she barked when I left because I approached a neighbor and asked her. As time went on by me making quick exits and returns and making them longer I knew her barking decreased. Not because of the neighbors but I used to leave a digital recorder recording and played it back when I got back so I could time how long it was before she started barking. That time decreased as time went on. Now I could be gone all day and she is fine.

So if Jax is fine and doesn't bark at home when left alone try more supervised separation training. Start off by leaving for 15 seconds and then increase the time slowly and progress from their. It has to be done someplace in public though and you should also try different places. You do not want him getting comfortable with just one place. In the real world there may be a time where he would need to be taken by a total stranger for safe keeping one example would be is if you had an accident and needed to go to the hospital.
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Old 10-24-2009, 05:55 AM
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Good advice Lola thanks, I'll get started on that next week.

I'm not completely convinced Jax is 100% healthy or feels 100% at least. He was vetted on the 23rd of Sept. but not by my vet, then taken back to the rescue for 3 weeks, then came to me. My vet has not seen him. The rescue had 50 dogs and he may have contracted something in which I'm not aware.
I know when Peyton feels badly but Jax is so new, I'm not sure if he feels bad or he's just in culture shock.

I think I'll make an appointment on Monday just to make sure he's ok. He should have more bounce in his step and excitement in his eyes. I have said here before, I have a hard time getting him excited about much of anything. The most excited I have seen him in 10 days is when I left and came back yesterday. Boy, did he have a different bounce and look in his eyes then!

Somewhere in Jax is a BC. The BC in him just needs to find it's way to the surface. I don't recall it taking this long for Peyton to show signs of settling in and loving life but maybe it did. Peyton wasn't abused though and Jax has been, and that may account for the differences too.

Today should be interesting, I'm looking forward to seeing what happens. I think it could go either way. I watched about 30 CGC tests on Youtube last night and saw some dogs that passed that were not as strong as Jax. I guess some of it depends on the evaluator and the mood of the dog at the time of the test. Jax does better outdoors for the most part and that's where he's testing today. I think the keys are to keep Jax relaxed and use more hand cues. We'll take it very slow in any case, and let the chips fall where they may.

I may or may not have anyone to video tape it, but I'll have some thoughts to share after it's over. Pass or Fail, nothing will change.
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Old 10-24-2009, 01:56 PM
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Jax passed! He nailed all 10 tests.
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Old 10-24-2009, 01:59 PM
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CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

That's a huge accomplishment for any dog, but especially this soon after being adopted.
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Old 10-24-2009, 02:28 PM
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Thanks Zoom, I'm very pound of our good boy. I'm working on the full story today,

I didn't have time for video. You'll see why when you read the whole story. Nothing really went as I planned it, but Jax was rock solid in spite of the curve balls we we're thrown. The eval was very strict and right by the AKC book and had his own twist that I had not trained for. It was anything but easy and Jax rocked it and he was given nothing he didn't truly deserve. As a matter of fact he said very few pass his test, and Jax did.
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Old 10-26-2009, 04:22 PM
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I took Jax to "my" Vet today, got his boosters, checked for heart worms and his lungs checked. All is fine expect he only weighs 39lbs. He needs a few more lbs on him and he'll be just fine on all accounts. Finding and basic training my next dog is done.

I have a new project though called CGC Peyton. This project may be an extended... one.
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Old 10-27-2009, 07:21 PM
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Hey, peyton and the other dog get along well enough... the video made me smile!
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