He’s not always the perfect gentleman. Last night, at class, he air snapped. At his grandma. The trigger? I’m unsure, but it was probably a combination of things.
His grandma loves him very much, but knows that sometimes Moby can be a little skittish. So, she’s very cautious and tells him how much she loves him and what a good boy is when she pets him.
Last night at class, we had a crowd for the dogs to walk through and for them to also learn to be petted by a stranger. Something we’ve been working on, but it’s always good to get new people involved as the dogs tend to get exicted then (as it is in the real world). Moby went first – he had 3 people come up, shake my hand, ask to pet him, pet him, lift a paw off the ground and brush him. Grandma, Aunt Betsy and my friend Alix. He did great with all 3. I was actually pretty happy that he did that well, as the first (and only other time) he’s met Alix, he air snapped at her and barked at her while she was at our house. This was shortly after we got him, so we were still building up our braves.
When it came our turn to do the same exercise again, a man that Moby had never met was first. Moby sat through the petting and paw lifting like it was no big deal. Then grandma came for a second round and something happened. He got uncomfortable and air snapped.
I’m not going to lie – I was mortified, embarrassed, and deflated. I was mad at myself because I didn’t see any signs that it was going to happen. I was standing next to him, telling him he was a good boy and then BAM – air snap. Thankfully, it was just an air snap, it was no where near her hands and he recovered from it quickly. Also thankfully, it was grandma and not a stranger. She understands his issues too and was quick to shrug it off (Thanks, Lucy!).
After that we sat back down – Moby was pretty good the rest of the night, but he certainly wasn’t himself. We all have bad days and dogs are no different. I have to remember that. It was a good exercise because we know what we need to work on and we will most definitely be working hard on it all week!
Next week is a run through of the CGC test. Snapping is an automatic dismissal (understandably so) so we’ll be working hard to boost Moby’s confidence. Does anyone else have similar issues and if so, what have you done to help your dog through them?
Special shout out to Grandma, Swen, Betsy & Garrick, Alix, Kat & Ryder for coming out last night to help with the crowd and being the strangers!