Bright sun, a breeze from the southwest and a balmy mid 40’s means it is a very good day to bring a bucket of warm water and a sponge to the parking lot to rinse the road salt build-up from the glass of the Scion xB.
The bonding process with Magic has made significant headway since last Thursday, January 8th, when Cody crossed the bridge. I include him with all activities, meals, sleeping, car rides, meeting people, meeting other dogs. Training, mentoring, practicing, praising, learning, and repetition is a continual and very entertaining process. His desire to please, to interact, to provide affection is very strong. His fur and coat is showing thickness and luster; his undercoat is coming in. His urge to pull and lunge at moving vehicles is almost gone, and all it took was a consistent “NOOO” in a low voice whenever a vehicle appeared. When he began to IGNORE cars during our walks last weekend, I realized that Border collies must think about their training. I’ve introduced him, very carefully, to being in off-leash situations: Moving from the Scion xB to our entry door, moving from the entry door to the hatchback of the Scion xB, playing with other dogs, visiting with people who come up to the car. Magic appears to understand the concept of staying close to me, listening to commands, and paying attention.