The first week with Nakyla, I spent all my time with her. We used this time to bond.
On her first adventure, we went to the lake. It's a short trip and I didn't want to overwhelm her.
I use a 20 ft light nylon leash. This is just for safety. Young pups can be spooked very easy.
I let the leash drag. It is ok if it occasionally snags on something, this teaches awareness. Simply fix it and go on. I let her explore and walk at her own pace. It is really important that in the beginning, all experiences be good. It's also important not to talk very much to her. I don't use her name unless I am praising her. I want her to think about what she is doing. I want her to become independent. I want her to become confident.
Nakyla stepped off a rock and basically fell in the lake.
It was important for me to NOT REACT
Because I did not react, this forced her to deal with what happen and she did not panic.
I didn't panic, so she didn't either! She actually went out about three feet then turned and came back. So instead of panicking, all was well.
She learned it was ok and she could actually swim. When she came out of the water, I praised her for doing a good job!
Following the same as above, letting the leash drag. She stopped and explored. She continues to build confidence. I did have to encourage her to cross the creek. She did not like the first step but was ok once she was in the water. Again, building confidence. If they don't do it, they don't learn. They won't get used to it and then later on, anxiety!
On our way back, she went right to the door of the jeep and waited!
GOOD GIRL !
Exposing her to different surfaces
We spent quite a bit of time just sitting along the water edge, she kind of fell in once but jumped out fast
So I decided to try another area. After about a half hour, all of a sudden there she goes ! All on her own !
She had a great day playing in the water !
Nikki's next adventure was the Golden Cruise in Golden, Colorado season opener.
This was her first time being around a lot of people and very loud cars. She did great !
** Car pictured is FATKATT
This is a blown corvette that my brother built - 1200HP
When my brother ( Steve ) was getting ready to leave for a short cruise, I held Nikki kind of tight. We were right next to his car and it is loud so I did expect her to get scared. So I held her tight and she did good. She didn't panic. When he came back, she was sitting at my feet and she didn't even move. I am so impressed with her.