Trial and Error… Lots of Error.

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Ruca: The weather has been nice here. Mom has been sick so she hasn’t updated as much, she has been working and coming home and going to sleep. But I don’t mind, everyday after she gets home from work that means I get extra cuddle time since she has been extra tired. She says she is starting to feel better though, which means Mystic and I get to start working on “heel” again. Don’t get me wrong, I am excited to go on more walks, I just don’t understand the whole “heel” concept, it isn’t exactly fun, yet.

This is a picture from last weekend, the first time mom and dad walked Mystic and me together. It went well, or so I thought. Mom says we still have lots of work to do. We tried to walk together again the next day but mom walked to the end of the sidewalk and when we started barking at the neighbor lady she decided it would be easier to go back to walking us separate. I am just trying to warn the person not to get to close to my mom, but apparently I don’t need to do that all the time. Mom keeps saying we will get there, eventually.

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Mystic: Like Ruca said, the weather has been beautiful. I have been enjoying sunbathing the in the backyard every chance I get. Unlike Ruca, I would stay outside all day. Mom says next week we go back to working on “heel”. We had an incident the last time we walked before mom got sick, she said it discouraged her greatly. We were walking by the neighbors fence, who’s dogs are always out and always barking when we walk by. Mom has been trying to use this to her advantage in training us with distractions, but it backfired, tremendously. Of course when we get close to the fence and the other dogs start barking, I of course start barking. I mean, what if they got through the fence, I need to let them know I’m the boss before they get out and come after us, right? Well anyway, I was protecting mom when she “corrected” me, I was so wound up I must of thought one of the dogs got me, so I did what was natural, I turned around and snapped my teeth. Unfortunately, I snapped my teeth on mom’s leg. I knew at that second I was in trouble, and that I was. Mom was so upset she was on the verge of tears, not because her leg hurt, but because she couldn’t believe what I did. So now we are back to square one. And to think how proud mom was because how good I was doing, I guess Ruca gets to be the star student for awhile.

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We had a fabulous Easter relaxing with our humans and enjoy chicken table scraps from guests!! We hope everyone has a good weekend! We will keep you updated on our “progress”, if we can call it that yet.

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Training is Hard Work and Full of Surprises

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Ruca: Here is a picture after our first day of “training”. We are working on “heel”… which it seems like we have been working on forever. But mom said she was getting frustrated because walks weren’t fun for her anymore, so she recruited some help from a professional (All Ears Dog and Puppy Training). I don’t know why mom didn’t think walks were fun anymore, I thought they were a blast!

Mom told the trainer I was going to be the smart dog and pass training with flying colors. Of course I am smart, but I am also stubborn, so she was in for a BIG surprise. I had a hard time calming down and listening to somebody other than my mom, and the rules were I had to calm down before we could go for a walk, which took longer than expected. After I finally calmed down we got to work on “heel”, normally I pull and like to sniff things, but that isn’t allowed in “heel”, what fun is that? I know what I am suppose to do but it is so hard, I just want to run and smell everything, enjoy our walk. I am doing pretty good now but still have to work on distractions. Mom says she has more work to do with me than she expected. Who would of thought?

Mystic: Ruca is right, mom was in for a big surprise our first day of training. I did amazing, mom wasn’t expecting that. I caught on quick. Dad says its because I am younger, but it is just because I am smart. I just didn’t want mom and dad to know how smart I was, then they expect more from me. This way, I can get away with more, I have them all figured out. See, Ruca doesn’t get away with much because mom and dad know she knows better. But me, I get away with more because they think I don’t know better. SURPRISE!  Mom usually takes Ruca on a walk first since we have to walk separate now for awhile. She says Ruca is more work so she needs all of her energy first, apparently I am more pleasant to walk. We are still practicing every day, mom says there are a few things I need to work on, we haven’t accomplished walking by a fence with other dogs without “heeling”. I just want to say hello to the other dog and make sure they aren’t going to hurt my mom, I don’t mean to pull so hard, sometimes I forget how strong I am.

We are walking everyday. I know I have some work to do but we will get there eventually. I have to make my mom work hard too, I don’t want to show her I know what “heel” means too soon, where is the fun in that?

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First day after training and we didn’t move from this spot, we haven’t worked that hard in awhile!