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Re: Aminals
« Reply #1020 on: September 13, 2018, 10:03:49 pm »

Momo has the flight response problem too but when the animal's only 15 pounds, that's more likely to kill her than to kill me. It's definitely tough though. You can desensitize them to a million different things and still you'll really never know what tiny object or occurrence or sound they're suddenly going to decide counts as a major emergency.
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« Reply #1021 on: September 13, 2018, 10:12:25 pm »

With hosss they never really get over the response but what you do to work around it is build trust. For example, Oakie is a big fat scaredy-cat, but by now I know what might rev him up and plan for it while we're out and about and with the trust we've built he'll listen to me and go shallower into and come out of panic mode quickly.

My big leap with Geronimo is to get him to trust me enough to listen to my commands when he's amped up so I can keep him under relatively safe control. So far, this is going well, but tonight is a little (big) test of how we're doing.
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« Reply #1022 on: September 13, 2018, 10:30:19 pm »

Being able to come OUT of panic mode is so crucial. Initially, once she freaked out she couldn't come down. We'd literally just have to go home and try again later.
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« Reply #1023 on: September 14, 2018, 01:49:46 pm »

First, I'm sorry about your puppy. You're a tough guy Ash, but still, 14 years. :(

I'm reading your conversation about panic and how you are managing it. I'm thinking that my boy Pi has never experienced a single moment of panic, at least not that i've witnessed. He is fierce, an alpha, he even tries to dominate me. And in many ways he has. I think I'm more of a grandparent to him, that is, I am spoiling him rotten. He's about as spoiled as a dog can be, but he's the best doggie ever. He's totally devoted to me. I show him so much love. I give him treats, I share my food with him. I know I'm not supposed to do that, but he enjoys it. I've kept an eye on his weight, he's not getting fat so I'm not worried.

Anyway, I don't know where I was going with that.
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« Reply #1024 on: September 14, 2018, 04:51:18 pm »

You don't have to be going anywhere in particular with that.
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« Reply #1025 on: September 14, 2018, 06:19:36 pm »

Paul, we got the Cattle Dhog as a puppy and he has turned out very similar to Pi in personality. Part of that is the breed characteristics, but another big part of it is that he's never known a day of worry, fear, lack of attention or a lack of just plain love. We got the King Charles Cavalier at a year old and he was a haunted, broken scared little puppy. Three years later he's managed to erase most of his bad start to become 'the love sponge'.

They're happy, well behaved, well cared for animals, secure in their duties and their places. I'm kinda proud of that.

P.S. Geronimo did just fine. Now to see if he remembers it this evening. hoss operate under what I call the 'rule of three' in that while they may cooperate with something the first or even second time, when they have time to think about it and decide to exert their will, shit can get surprising. You got to get through something clean three times before you can start to unlax on it and move on to adding the next thing.
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« Reply #1026 on: September 14, 2018, 10:17:42 pm »

We got the King Charles Cavalier at a year old and he was a haunted, broken scared little puppy. Three years later he's managed to erase most of his bad start to become 'the love sponge'.

Cartoonist Lynda Barry did a series of strips for Slate way back in the day called 100 Demons. She did one on dogs that I love so much. Your King Charlie reminds me of the dog in her tale. I can't find it on Slate or anywhere else anymore, except for this last panel, which says it all.
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« Reply #1027 on: September 19, 2018, 03:40:08 pm »

Sez smello to Agent 009, who is now part of the herd and is in training for the 2019 Riverside County Fair.

He is a bleaty little boy who is currently living with the dairy goats so the big, bad mean Boer goats going to the SoCal fair next month don't beat the ever-loving stuffing out of him.

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« Reply #1028 on: September 19, 2018, 08:34:11 pm »

How many goats now?
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« Reply #1029 on: September 19, 2018, 10:20:53 pm »

4 Boers and 2 La Mancha.

In two weeks two of the Boers go to fair and don't come back. Same thing for the two pigs.

BUT

Gidget, the 2 year old La Mancha is going to get bred in November, so come February there will be kids, hopefully.

Goats are like potato chips, apparently.
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« Reply #1030 on: September 20, 2018, 12:49:03 am »

My work here is done.  ;D
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« Reply #1031 on: September 20, 2018, 12:09:17 pm »


Goats are like potato chips, apparently.

You can't eat just one?
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« Reply #1032 on: September 20, 2018, 02:50:56 pm »

Goats are like potato chips, apparently.

They are crunchy and good with sandwiches
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« Reply #1033 on: October 01, 2018, 04:38:15 pm »

Saturday, woke up to a dead pig (don't click link unless you mean it) and had to find a carcass disposal site. Found one 10 minutes away, so for $40 they let me drive it over and drop it off.

Yuck. Then I went to fair set up day and told the 4H kid his pig had died. Yuck.

Talked to the breeder at the fair grounds, we both figure it was an aneurysm/heart attack thing by the signs and symptoms.

Sunday we spent shaving goats (there's a special hair cut) for the fair. Not surprisingly, goats aren't big on haircuts. After awhile, neither are children on giving goats a hair cut.

On the bright side, Geronimo keeps getting better. Saturday I rode him all over the back lot, I had him doing bajillions of S turns with random circling thrown in. SURPRISE, he is in my pocket enough now that he responds to leg pressure leads and I can just very lightly neck rein him, I'm staying off the bit as much as possible.

So I got that going for me. He really is turning out to be a sweetheart.
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« Reply #1034 on: October 01, 2018, 06:26:36 pm »

Oh, and The Mayor?

We're almost good enough friends that I'ma going to lay a nose boop on him.
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