2011-05-02

Whose dog IS that?!

Bailey came to work with me today, spent the morning in her crate in the car, had a bath, sat in front of a dryer, was pulled out of her crate, stuffed back into the car and away we went.  If she was just a smidge stressed... I think I know why.  The problem is that... there was no problem.  The receptionist hovered over her at the scale, so she didn't want to stand on it.  We backed up, I sent her again and she did a very nice "scale" behavior-sit included.  That's my girl.

We got into the exam room, she explored a little while I answered questions from the tech.  No stress panting, no clingy behaviors, she was very relaxed.  The tech left to get the doctor so we played some shaping games with a highlighter (it was the only prop I had) and I started shaping a nudge.

Bailey adores yet another doctor.  Dr. Arnesen went slow, kept her voice low, her body calm, and let Bailey get to know her.  They brought in a blanket and Bailey demonstrated her mat behavior.

*tech puts mat on floor*
Bailey: *lays on mat looking at me*
Dr. Arnesen: "did you cue that"
Me: "nope, that's her mat behavior"

They both thought that was pretty cool.

My little dog had acupuncture for the first time and had her chiropractic adjustment with very few complaints. I really couldn't be more proud of her, or happier with our supplemental chiropractor.

All in all, a very relaxing experience.  We will definitely be returning.

(And now we have two professionals thinking she WILL get better, she WILL...)

2 comments:

Lynnda said...

Whose dog is that?! Must be the dog you have modified some behavior with. Yeah for Mat Love & RP.

Robin Sallie said...

Cool! I love the mat stuff.

Your Baily dog gets it!