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Old 10-06-2020, 11:57 PM
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Given how long it takes little Mo to learn things, if she weren't capable of later in life learning, well, she wouldn't know very much.

I love Gizmo, she is a delight, but she is the smartest dog in the house only until we get another dog.

unless it's a King Charles Spaniel, then it's a tossup.
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I'm fairly certain that Tuco is an Owoo prodigy. He just started owooing on his own.

He also shakes his toys with a neck-snapping move. I think he thinks he's just a very round wolf.
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Old 10-12-2020, 08:03 PM
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I took Gizmo to the dog park yesterday for the first time. We tried it one time before with both of them, but Ripley was too aggressive-defensive (i.e., she would bark and snap at any dog who tried to come up and sniff her) so we didn't stay. Since it's just Gizmo now, I wanted to give it another try. She's afraid of other dogs, but she doesn't bark or snap, she just shies away, so I figured with time and practice maybe we could make it work.

I took her into the small dog area, and there were maybe a dozen dogs in there. Some dogs would come up and try to play with her, but when she shied away, they left her alone. Such good doggies. :wriggle: We hung out for a while, not sure how long, but I was essentially like, "Gizmo, you can do whatever you want except you can't hide behind me or under the benches." She explored around and sniffed and hung out in the sun some, and she definitely got more comfortable and braver the longer we were there.

Sometimes a dog would do a drive-by at her, where they would run toward her really fast, but then veer away at the last minute. Other times a dog would sniff her a little bit, but then leave her alone when she was obviously not into it. At first Gizmo was confused and scared, but after a while she started acting a little more curious. Like she would still shy away at the attempts to play, but then she would look at the dog with interest after it left. I dunno, all this doggie behavior is hard to describe.

There was one dog in the little dog area that was definitely not a little dog, but I don't try to police stuff like that because I figure the dog's person knows what they are doing. Like maybe their dog is afraid of big dogs or good with little dogs, who knows. Anyway, that big dog was among the dogs that was sweet to Gizmo and tried to play, but left her alone when she wasn't receptive.

I'm going to keep trying. Gizmo loves chasing and being chased, and I would love for her to have anyone to play with besides her tired old mommy.
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:doghug: for Gizmo, and I demand further progress reports.
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We did it again!

We went on a weekday and there were far fewer dogs there. The few that were there were very sweet. :wriggle:

Gizmo adjusted very quickly this time, like she remembered what was up from last time and never seemed frightened or confused. She was tail-up the whole time! :beagle:

She still hasn't figure out how to play with the other dogs, but she doesn't run away from them nearly so much. I can't wait to take her back on a weekend when there are lots of dogs again.
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