Then Ace’s dad tells us that there is an off leash beach in White Rock. A beach?! Ohboy! Being former West Enders, we really miss the ocean a lot. White Rock sounded like it’d be far away, but I timed it – only took us 15 minutes or so to drive there.
And by “Woot” I mean Wootie was happy to be back in a large body of water.
Even Dexter seemed to like the ocean, and water is NOT his favourite surface.
Speaking of Dexter, I’ve been observing him a little more closely lately to see if we can’t get to the root of his assholiness.
Someone had suggested that perhaps his issue was being on leash, so I took him to the park several times on a leash to see what he did. Which was nothing different. Friendly to everyone he met on leash or off.
But he did do something in my living room the other day that gives me a little bit of a clue – he snapped at Wootie who got between him and his “job” (we were working on fetching to hand from a short distance). He was waiting for me to toss the ball and Wootie wandered by and got a snap in the face for it. A little later on, Piper (gasp!) got one was well.
At the park, he largely ignores other dogs, though will greet them politely for the most part, but he’s not too interested in them. He will infrequently snark at a dog who is too in his face, but I expect this from all my dogs, who like calm greetings and detest rambunctious ones. However, if he thinks something fun and exciting is about to happen involving people, he gets very bitchy with other dogs. This is different from being *involved* in something fun and exciting though – like today at the beach, I was throwing the frisbee for everyone and a certain Schnauzer decided to obsess on Dexter, who was – as usual – creeping around in “work” mode trying to keep an eye on the frisbee and all three other dogs at once. Several times the Schnauzer jumped on him, got in his face and barked right in his eyeballs without so much as a blink of a response from Dexter, because Dex was concentrating very hard. And when he finally did snark at the irritating Schnauzer, it was ever so brief.
So it seems to me that “Relaxed” Dexter is friendly, and “Working” Dexter is largely oblivious, but “Anticipating” Dexter is a right rip roarin’ bitch. I do wonder if at agility class he is so keyed up that his nerves are on edge – he sure acts calm, but I know he’s dying to get to ‘work’ (I keep putting “work” in quotes because it’s his definition of a ‘job’ not necessarily mine) and he wants nothing to do with anyone who may interfere with that.
I’m going to take him out to play with some of those same puppies from class at the trial this weekend to see if he treats them differently in class than out of it. That might give me some insight.
I think we’ll be spending a lot of our free time at East Beach this summer. We are all just so happy to have found a nearby ocean again.