Thursday, April 2, 2009

Days 17,18 and 19

The reason I'm counting the training days is so I can look back and see how many sessions it took to accomplish something, and also to see how many days I'm getting out there on average. Sometimes it seems like progress is at a standstill...

If Day Sixteen was triumphant with the first haul and a calm unloading, Day Seventeen was a huge disappointment. But it makes sense. Once Kasper was reminded that the trailer actually moves, he wanted nothing to do with it the next day. So it took a lot of stepping in and out, turning, dashing, trying it again, before he was calm enough to shut the trailer door. And once the door was shut he paced unhappily, ignoring his hay. I did manage to take him for drives all three days, and every time he was very calm on unloading and stood until I invited him out. But the loading is nervewracking for him. It seems it's a huge jump for him to go from standing in the trailer, to being hauled in the trailer.

Day 20

Today, the weather has conspired against me and there're three fresh inches of snow on the ground! I'm not sure the truck and trailer will make it back up the driveway, so I'm not hauling today, but I'll have to tomorrow because it's vet day! My Dad came over and acted as doorman which worked well. At first, Kasper was quite worried about another person standing at the trailer door, but he eventually got used to him. Once Kasper was relaxed and standing quietly in the trailer (which took about 45 minutes of work) we closed the door. Then we stood and chatted while Kasper paced back and forth looking for a way out. It took about 10 minutes before he settled down enough to have a bite of hay. When we opened the door, he stood quietly and awaited the invitation to come out. Not too bad!

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