“Normal” class #2

Class number 2 today, and Inara did even better than last time! We had to go into the bathroom straight upon arriving in class. That didn’t surprise me or bother me, though – I think Inara will just always be one of those dogs who announces her presence upon entering a room with other dogs. We then had to go into the bathroom maybe 5 more times the rest of the hour. That’s a huge improvement! The last 3 times we only were in there for about 10 seconds, which was great. I figured out that it’s the Corgi in class that’s setting Inara off when she does go off. It stares at her and is barely under control. It was also very vocal this week which didn’t help. Ginger put a barrier up in between Inara and the Corgi and that made a big difference. I really wish I had video of Inara pre-Relax class and Inara now. Ginger was commenting that even her FEET looked more relaxed, and she was right. Her toes weren’t splayed out, digging into the mat like they used to do. Her breathing was more normal. And her tail was wagging, but at a nice mid-line level, not flagged over her back. She really seemed to enjoy herself today, and a couple of the times she barked it was at me in play. I was totally okay with that (and Ginger was as well) because it was nice seeing her be able to relax a bit and engage with me. Ginger hopes we’ll be able to compete by the end of May. There’s a competition then and it’s apparently outside, so she thinks Inara would be even better outside than in a building. I’m just totally loving this dog that Inara is turning into!

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