Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
So far, trick wise, we've learned:
- Name recognition
- Walk nicely on a leash!
- Down (as in lay down)
- Leave it
- Take it
- Drop it
I want to take him all the way! This little pup is so food motivated that he can learn a trick in an afternoon. Mostly. We're having a problem with "down." He doesn't understand the word when we speak it, but if we put the treat on the ground he will lay down. From this position, we've also taught him "crawl," which is funny because he likes to climb under the couches, coffee table, bed, and end tables.
The problem I'm having with this class is it isn't helping at all with his behavior. Duke still doesn't listen very well to me (even though I swear I'm following the directions too!). Fiance says that Duke thinks he owns me, which sucks because I've tried a lot of things to get dominance over him. It also has not addressed his separation anxiety. Not one bit, like maybe even made it worse (well probably not, but it's still bad). The trainer has tried to help, but she really hasn't said much about it accept, "This is what happens when you get him SO young!" Well, I can't help the fact that the breeder was going to charge us a boarding fee per week if we left Duke there after seven weeks.
Well, he graduates from Puppy class in 2 weeks. I'm thinking I want to sign him up for the Intermediate class because he really enjoys the training. Fiance wants to sign him up for the Clicker Training which would be cool too. This dog will do anything for food.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Um. Our parking lot isn't really all that big so I'm not sure valet parking is really justified that way. So I didn't believe him when he told me. So last Saturday when I was working I peeked outside to see 3 people standing there in yellow jackets parking cars for people!
I have to admit I have never actually gone into the Halloween store, but I've tried to peer in. They've darkened the windows because apparently according to my co-worker there is an adult section upstairs at the store. I really don't have the money to spend on a Halloween costume so I figured I'd stay out of there until at least next year when I have no good reason to go in there and see what's up.
It's just like the temptation of spending money. My finance and I are just passing candy out this year, it's not like we're going trick-or-treating (hello, tacky for anyone 9th grade+) or to any Halloween parties considering I don't know anyone in the area! But I went to their websites anyway and they have super cute dog costumes. Dog costumes?! Fiance would kill me if I dressed up Duke. He's told me on numerous occations that there would be no dressing up of the dog if he bought me a small dog. I agreed then, but... but they make a JOKER costume! and BATMAN! and... and... well, they have alot of clothes for dogs.
Not that Duke really needs a costume either, it's not like he's going to any parties or going trick-or-treating either. He can't eat candy though I'm sure he'd like it if he tried it. He can't even pick between the Joker or Batman, so does it really matter? He'd probably chew it anyway. He doesn't chew the sweatshirt I bought him (not that he didn't try for an hour the first time I put it on).
I guess Halloween is still like 10 days away, I still have time to sneak over and get him something. Maybe they'll have a last minute sale or something.
Or I can just write about my dog because well, as much as I love him, he can't read so he can't get mad at me (unless I don't feed him, than he can judge me all he wants)!