Hi all It's been a fair while since I was last here but it is great to read and see how you are all doing. I was pleased to see Fiona's pinned post - 'Its ok to go back to square 1', as unfortunately Bella has turned into a bit of a delinquent these days. As some of you will know, Bella had to have TTA surgery on both knees just after her first birthday due to cruciate ligament disease which as you know means a very long recovery. We were just about to be discharged from hydro a few months ago , all was going well.............. and low and behold she had a meniscus tear (in the stronger leg!!). The Dog walkers were letting her off for 30 minutes as agreed, with one other dog, but decided that day it was ok for her to run around madly with another excitable lab ........which led to my dog being crippled when I got home from work, me paying out over £1000 for the meniscus removal surgery due to the insurance not covering anything else after the £6000 they initially paid for the TTA surgery, lots of tears and the dog walkers getting sacked. So here we are, finally back to 40 min on lead walks, a new dog walker who walks Bella for 30 mins a few times a week, ALONE and ON THE LEAD and me starting to let her off for 5-10 minute bursts. We are also hopeful to be discharged from hydro in about 4 weeks. Fingers crossed. But my little angel, is now a bit of a delinquent. She barks, a lot, for attention- at home, in the pub, in the shop, anytime the attention isn't on her or she wants to go say hello to furry friends and cant. It's embarrassing to say the least and ignoring it doesn't work. I must have somehow encouraged this but not sure how I have. At home when she does it, I either shut her out of the room for 2 mins or now just asking her if she wants to go out there stops it. So more manageable at home. But at the pub its cringey and I have to bribe her with treats as the rustle of a crisp packet makes her quiet (I know I know). I'm guessing the clicker needs to come back out when we are out. She also pulls when she sees other dogs (understandably desperate to see her furry friends and escape the mean lady who keeps her on the lead). Twice she has suddenly pulled away to a dog in front and I've lost the lead end. She's wearing a harness but other dogs are more rewarding than treats it would appear She barks at strangers. She has always been wary but now its full on barking if they are nearby. She jumps up at people walking/ running/ cycling past. She jumped up and 'nipped' the dog walker in the snow yesterday. She's never done that and although she was super excited by the sounds of it, I'm not liking this 'nipped' chat. She can now do stairs!!!!!!!!!!!! after a year of fear and and not even daring to go past one step!!! yep .....I came home to my chewed hairbrush in her bed, tights etc all over on the landing and Bella boo shaking that booty in extreme joy at the 'secret world upstairs' she had finally discovered So the baby gate has returned. Forever, it would seem. She is a food thief- always has been if its available, but now she's getting more blatant. Its always my boyfriends food, I mean who leaves a salmon fish cake or cheese sandwich out for the taking? Even if you are stood right next to it washing your hands So the list goes on............... My brother is getting a Boxer, I think I want one too, might ask if I can part ex Bella I love my little Boo, she turned 2 last month and had a cake and all. I'm hoping once she can release that frustration things will improve somewhat, but I also think I'm going to have to go back to square one. I just don't know where to begin. Good job she already has kennel club Bronze and Silver awards as I don't think she would get those again anytime soon!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry for the long post! Any pearls of wisdom throw my way Ps She's starting to become more of a duvet than a sheet - she's on a diet.