A few times now Cash has had a hard time jumping into the car. If it’s a new, higher car he often misses, and if he’s tired — at the end of a long work day, for instance — he also misses. (Note: my vet recommended giving him bone broth. I buy it at the grocery store and give him 1/4 cup twice a day, and it has worked MIRACLES in both him and Lily!)
Lo and behold, one day a dog ramp showed up on my doorstep! My honey (seen in the last video) listened when I talked about poor Cash, and bought him a ramp. Surprise! However, I happen to know Cash is VERY afraid of anything that gives under his feet, and if it’s high it’s even worse. I decided I’d need to train him on the ramp. Most of these videos ended up on the Lily and Cash Facebook page, but I thought I’d collect them all here, too! Note that I didn’t do any training without filming it, and I tried to say during filming how long it had been since the last session. Proof that training doesn’t have to be arduous or time consuming!
(My vanity forces me to say: I don’t think I could have found a worse angle to film myself at if I’d tried!)
Note for above video: I repotted the sad strawberry plant, and it was happy! Until a squirrel tried to bury something in the pot, tore the up roots, and broke that pot, too. Damn.
In these two final videos, we didn’t want him jumping into the car because he was getting so tired so quickly, and the last thing I wanted was to make him sore! In this first video you’ll hear and see me say I grabbed his collar and pulled to get him the rest of the way in the car. From my angle I couldn’t easily wrap an arm around him to help him forward (as you’ll see afterward), and he was risking falling off. The kinder option then was to pull and get him to safety!
After this final session I didn’t use the ramp for at least two weeks, and then of course Quin wasn’t there to help bracket so he didn’t leap off the side! I used my hand on his collar for guidance and he went in, albeit hesitantly. Since then he’s used it to get up and down several times, and his confidence is back — even though I didn’t train or drill him on it again! If at some point his confidence wanes, then I’ll have him go up and down it a few times until his confidence comes back.
His gorgeous, glossy coat comes from regular washing and brushing provided by yours truly AND Nicole Hunter of Puppy Love Dog Grooming, a mobile groomer in Los Gatos! (Link is Facebook. Phone is 408-691-4200.) I trust my dogs with few people, but Cash visits her for “spa days” where she helps keep his skin happy. 🙂