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At some point recently, Rosie Roo got to the point where she would no longer flee in terror if you dropped a pen, pencil, mouse, etc etc.  This was very welcome.

We have now progressed to the next stage, where Rosie Roo is no longer really scared of much at all.  This stage involves a lot of bouncing, increasing amounts of toy-flinging, and, should I do something she disapproves of, such as eating toast without giving her some, she stares at me, barking randomly, and  progresses through barking, to bouncing and yodelling into full Saluki Song.

Obviously it is impossible to stop this, since a dog that demands toast, cuddles, kisses on her pink nosy and endless supplies of dried black pudding sticks through the medium of interpretative dance and song is vastly preferable to a dog that is randomly terrified of falling cushions. So we have opted to join in.   Life in our house at the moment seems to involve a lot of sing-a-longa-Roo.

I am hoping the progress may eventually lead to her actually coming when called reliably, but I'm not counting on it.   At the moment, I'm trying to make a point of only letting her offlead if it's not a problem if it takes several hours to get her back again.  Right now, I feel quite positive about things, because she has not taken off or done anything random and chaotic for several weeks.  But we've been here before on a number of occasions....

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thesmallhobbit
2nd Apr, 2016 12:05 (UTC)
Maybe she'll come if you sing suitably and loudly enough?
penichops
2nd Apr, 2016 19:53 (UTC)
This option should certainly be considered!
bunn
2nd Apr, 2016 23:40 (UTC)
But the risk is that she would flee for the hills if she hears me sing in the open air!
wellinghall
3rd Apr, 2016 20:20 (UTC)
She would definitely flee if she heard me sing. Even though she is in Cornwall and I am in Bristol.
penichops
4th Apr, 2016 13:06 (UTC)
Nooo I imagine you like some kind of Saluki Siren and your song will carry through the valley and suddenly you'll own 84 Salukis :)
bunn
4th Apr, 2016 14:56 (UTC)
84 Salukis! That noise you can hear is every hair on my head standing on end... :-D
bunn
2nd Apr, 2016 23:41 (UTC)
I can just see the looks from other dogwalkers...!

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