This little one, simply put, is a bully. He's fun until he isn't which is almost daily when he finally succeeds in pushing me to my limits. He has a fierce prey drive which means there is no peace for the feral cat. He tries to second guess my every move. He races me to the front door, the the back door, to the bathroom and the bedroom. It's cute because he doesn't so much run as hop, but I've had about seven months of cuteness and it's starting to wear on me.
The last straw was yesterday when he went after CC, the perpetually pregnant feral. He chased her around the perimeter of the front porch before I could scoop him up at which point all three of us - dog, cat and human - were all ashiver with adrenaline.
The new routine (which started immediatley after the cat chase) is two intensive training walks a day. I keep them short, but command compliance is expected. Arrow is learning how to walk on the leash in a controlled manner which means without pulling, he must walk on my left side, he must sit calmly when we stop. He is learning to sit before we go in or out the front door. He is getting praise for making solid eye contact with me. I'm hope we'll see a difference after a week.
I generally know what I'm doing. I have a dog training book and the internet as a crutch if I need help. Eventually, I'd like to take him to group training but I feel like we need to strengthen our relationship first. We need to establish what is expected of one another.
On the photography front, I am learning both Photoshop and Photoshop Lightroom. I purchased a Photoshop book and set the goal of working through 25pp. a day. There is an awful lot to learn.
I shot a few pics in RAW format and tried to do an "intuitive" edit, which really just means saying the hell with the book, I'm diving in. As you can see from the photo above, the color is not quite right but I'm getting more familiar with the editing process. I think the tint or hue is off a bit. It will all come together soon enough.
This is the week of discipline, for me and my dear Arrow. We'll post our progress. Wish us luck, we'll need it.