Sunday, March 13, 2011

Good Therapy

The Murfreesboro agility trial was held at the Middle Tennessee State University.  Each morning, the hounds and I would set off for an hour long walk with a stop at a field to play fetch for a few minutes.  In the past, I found myself conserving my hounds' energy before competing, but Riley seems to need a very long warm up to take the edge off. 
Generally, I like to find a nearby park for our recreational walking at agility trials, but it actually turned out to be good therapy walking around the busy campus and encountering all of the vehicle and construction noises.  After dealing with Reagan's noise phobias to engines and other noises, I find myself noticing every sound now.
Seven and Riley noticed some of the sounds as well, but notice is all they did.  They calmly continued on.  It was good for me to be surrounded by all of the sounds with my dogs unaffected.
In fact, the girls were much too busy squirrel hunting.  They were dismayed by the leashes, but I told them that I knew of a greyhound that caught a squirrel on leash a couple of months ago.  And just recently, a greyhound at the Southeastern Greyhound Adoption kennel caught and ate a bird while on leash.  He was so fast the vet tech did not have time to even blink an eye.  Impressive!  Fortunately, the girls were not successful and returned to the trial without any live (dead) prizes.

And here is a rare sight... so rare, I had to take a picture with my phone.  Seven actually resting in her crate with me out of sight. 
I was told that Seven started shredding her fleece pad when I left with Riley.  I am thinking about separating them at trial sites if seeing Riley and I walk away is her biggest issue.  Otherwise, she did fairly well with me coming and going.  Maybe one day, Riley's agility trial downtime habits will rub off on Seven.


houndstooth said...

Good grief! I can't let my girls see this! A squirrel and a bird caught while on a leash?! lol Actually, Morgan came out of the bayberry bush last year with rabbit tail fur between her teeth, so I'm pretty sure that stuff can be done, but I'm hoping none of mine succeed!

Maybe Seven is settling down some and getting used to the idea that you'll come back for her. If she only shredded the fleece once, she must have been calmer some of the other times?

Summer said...

Wow! I ALMOST caught a bird once myself, although it flew upwards and I had no choice but to give up. Evolution has failed us canines! But catching on leash is definitely impressive!
I guess Seven is just getting used to it as you go along. Maybe soon she won't be so clingy anymore! Hope you guys had a good run. I'm sure they enjoyed themselves loads. =)


gyeong said...

Sounds like much improvement on the noise issuess. Can focus more time on the actual trials.

Sandy ~~~ said...

I love walking with my guy Creel. Having him along makes me notice things I might not without a sight hound.

Sounds like everyone is improving...on their own schedule.

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Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

Wonderful to read that Seven is showing improvement and you have some more ideas to try:)

Beryl would be right in there with squirrels (which we don't have in New Zealand, thank goodness!) rabbits, possums, not so much birds though.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Yeah, wasn't that bird catch something. Seriously, on leash, caught and ate it in mere seconds.

LOL :-), in 4 days that was the only time I saw Seven lie flat, so I'm not sure if that's considered an improvement or not. :-)

Adrienne said...

Aww, I wish I had known you were going to be in the Boro! My boyfriend and I love to keep up with your blog and he attends MTSU. Maybe next time :(

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

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