The dino dogs also don't come out much during the winter. Apparently not every dog loves snow like my dogs do, so we've seen very little of them over the last few months.
During that time, another neighborhood dog has graciously stepped up to fill the role of Barley's nemesis.
There's a man who drives a silver Jeep and takes his small, yappy dog joy riding through the neighborhood. Every day for the last month, this Jeep has driven by us--often several times on one walk--with the windows down (even on cold days!) and a yappy little white dog hanging out the window.
Barley usually handles barking dogs in cars fairly well. But she's decided this dog must be defeated. She hasn't lunged on walks in years, but when this Jeep drives by, she lunges, growls, and barks. If I spot the Jeep before she does, we pull off to the side and stop, and I can keep that meltdown from happening--except she won't sit or watch. She stands with her whole body tense, her ears up, and the most intense stare boring into that Jeep. Most of the time, though, the Jeep sneaks up on us and I don't know they're coming until they're too close for me to get Barley's attention first. Even after their gone, Barley is on high alert the rest of the walk, constantly scanning for other dogs and making me work much harder to keep her focus.
We've yet to figure out where this Jeep driver and his yappy companion live and they seem to travel the entire neighborhood, not just the road by the lake, so we haven't figured out how to avoid our new nemesis yet. It's been a while since Barley's had a new training challenge, so we're working on tackling this challenge one day at a time.
|Barley can only handle one crazy dog in her life at a time.|