Some Outside Sessions Vlog #4

As promised, I recorded some training with Belle in the backyard. She decided to show me up while the camera was running and actually listened. I feel like the cable lead had something to do with it.ย 

The moment that the camera stopped and we were within spitting distance of my backdoor, Belle decided to run around like a chicken with its head cut off. It took us at least half an hour to catch her.

It is important for her to learn to come when she called, not only for agility but also for safety. I live near the woods and a major road. And Belle loves to run out the front door and away from me. Last night, while I was in the shower, Belle and Luka both ran out the front door when my mother came home. If my boyfriend had not been visiting at the time my mother would not have been able to get both dogs as they ran toward the woods.

I have been working with the dogs for 30 minutes each day specifically onย come, but it has not sunk in, along with some behavioral issues for Luka (don’t worry, she’s very friendly, she’s just really talkative). We ordered shock collars today.

We have never been a shock collar house hold. Of course, we’d also never used prong collars before these two either… I just have to keep telling myself that it is for the best. They need to learn these commands so that they do not get hurt.

By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her masterโ€™s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessicaโ€™s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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