Saturday, January 9, 2010

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Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Bingo

It happened again. We went to the meeting and out came crazy Mr. Bingo. Chuck told us that the number one reason that a puppy will fail is that they can't overcome their distractions (distraction to other dogs, cats, squirrels, etc.). Bingo was super distracted. But, seriously, he was much better than the last meeting.

[photo of Bingo in a sit looking away from me and at other dogs]

[photo of Bingo in a sit, head twisted around, still looking away from me]

Well, he was better than the last meeting. Not much better. You can see from the photos above that he isn't paying any attention to me. 8-) Other dogs are a major distractor for him. MAJOR DISTRACTOR. Don said that he didn't know of anything to do to get them over it. I do know that with one other dog, he will calm down as evidenced by the time we went to lunch with another service dog and he did just fine. They both ignored each other.

In some ways these monthly meetings make me sad because Bingo can be so good and there is little evidence of it whenever there is another dog around. Just ask the Newman's whenever they bring their dog Milly to school. Mr. Bingo goes nuts for her.

Our obedience classes didn't start this week. Our trainer was sick. They start next week. Perhaps she will have some suggestions for keeping Mr. Bingo inside and letting sweet Bingo stay outside.

If you haven't contributed to Bingo's Sit Stay Give Campaign, please consider it. We are also selling raffle tickets ($5 a ticket or 5 for $20 with a chance to win $10,000!). Let me know what you want!)


  1. My first puppy was always so happy to go to meetings also. When he saw his brother, there was no need to pay attention to the person on the other end of the leash. After a ton of practice and a lot of help from my AC’s both his brother and Alex learned to behave themselves at meetings. Karen from SEGDI did a great obedience class for us a few months ago. She showed us what to do with distractions; she just posted it on the SEGDI blog. It was amazing to watch one of the puppies who had a major distraction to other dogs, be within a few feet of another dog and behaving herself.

  2. Yeah it was pretty neat watching Karen work with one of the dogs from our group, she did an amazing job!
    Distraction is a problem I have had with Toby, as he is an intact male...

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