Of Pit Bulls and Frustration
Of Pit Bulls and Generalized Anger
Of Pit Bulls and Insanity
Of Pit Bulls and Sudden Acts of Mild Violence
What do you think? All of those seem to fit better than that eeeeevil word "patience;" at least today. Today Skye decided that all our training and progress should go out the window. She doesn't want to be the calm, manageable, sweet dog that I've seen more and more in the last few months. She doesn't like that Skye. I love that Skye.
|Skye the angel. I miss you.|
Instead, Skye chose to regress to her former, annoyingly crazy self. We went to the park, and walked the same trails we walk all the time. I called for her to come check in with me, she ran in the other direction. It happened again and again. I called, she turned and ran off. Finally I made the rational decision to put her on leash- no recall, no freedom.
When Skye saw me reach for her collar, she pulled something that she hasn't done in almost a year. She jumped away and started barking at me. She zoomed around out of reach, barking and growling and taunting me in every way possible. It's a good thing she was out of reach, because I would not have been able to stop myself from picking her up and throwing her into the next state if I caught her.
Suddenly, she was Satan's puppy all over again.
|I HAVE NO CONTROL OVER MY ACTIONS!!!|
It took me weeks of training to teach Skye that the appearance of a leash is a good thing, and I've been extremely careful to never change that. When I was fostering Skye, she played this game any time a leash, collar, or harness moved in her direction. She still occasionally shows the behavior in our yard with the dreaded Easy-Walk Harness, but never out in the world.
Luckily, I couldn't get my hands on her in those few moments when I was out of my head with rage. I squeezed my hands into fists, counted to 10, and walked away. I ignored Skye for about 5 minutes while I walked and rewarded Parker for staying close, and soon she was back looking for her share.
About 10 minutes ago, Skye had another episode of crazy. After spending an hour at the beach, she came home more wound up than she was when we left. I grabbed a clicker and my treat bag to do some practice exercises to help her calm down, but Skye didn't want to play that game. Instead, she chose to engage in the one game that is never tolerated in this house! She started to bully Parker.
|Big no-no pit bull.|
So tonight she broke that rule; she bowled Parker over and started pouncing on him while he made it abundantly clear that he was not enjoying the game. Since I was standing right there, I quickly reached for her with a sharp "uh-uh!" to pull her away and put her in time out. But PsychoSkye leaped backwards and turned to zoom away- crashing into the coffee table in the process. My milk went flying and the glass smashed on the floor, and I once again saw red. In fact, I screamed. I just couldn't hold it in, and I had to refrain from all-out attacking my pit bull, so I yelled. Not at Skye, who had gone upstairs after running into the table, just at the day in general. I have to say, it made me feel better, for a little while.
All I can say is this had better be a fluke. I've truly enjoyed Skye the past few months; she seemed to be growing up and getting past many of her more frustrating issues. The training seemed to be paying off, daily life was easier... alas, it was not to be. So, with my stress level slowly declining, all I can ask for are some good vibes. If you got 'em, send 'em my way!
|I want my Princess back!|