Within a few minutes The Very Good Vet had the problem solved. Of course she did... I had no doubts. Because, you see, a couple years ago she changed my life.
A few years ago I took Titan to see this Very Good Vet because he had worn down his canines from obsessively chewing on toys. Fortunately he did not need the expensive titanium "grill" that some police get after breaking their teeth. But, she told me that all dogs, especially MY dog, need a job. She gave me some resources, told me that since Ti was showing signs of boredom to challenge him with other training, and sent us on our way ("No more toys! Let him entertain himself - let him chew on a stick.").
This completely changed how I viewed the Ti. I realized I had been wasting him - I didn't really know what he was capable of... so I got some working dog books and we moved from just verbal commands to hand signals. They were the same commands but now I tell him what to do in a different way. I also started teaching him new commands, and started stacking them, and I couldn't believe what he could figure out. And I realized he didn't have a limit to what he could learn. So we learn something new every couple of weeks. Right now he's learning to go and find Shady, as she can't hear me calling her. Ti goes to her, circles around behind, and brings her back to the house so she can come inside with us.
Titan had the hand signals figured out pretty fast so now I'm teaching him to follow me more closely. He watches the small 'intentions movements' in my body language before I actually gesture a command. He's learning to watch my eyes to see what we are doing next.
Titan is a happy dog and I couldn't run this farm without him.
But seriously - how cute is Lucky? Besides, he hates that gander too....and he's learning. One day this summer we had a clutch of baby chicks that were in the flippy-flier stage. The chicks figure out those flappy things on their sides make them fly so they pip and pop and kinda zoom around at low altitudes like Woodstock from Peanuts. One of the chicks flipped and flopped and flew right past Lucky - he could have grabbed her right out of the air and eaten her in one gulp. But instead he just gave that upside down, flying chick a funny look. He didn't know I was watching him. Good dog.
This one is for The Very Good Vet - see that Titan knocked one of his little front teeth right out of his head. He and Lucky collided while chasing a ball. Bad mommy. Good dogs. We are more careful now. Thanks for everything, Dr. P.