and the rain has returned. Booo!
Not only is this more miserable in general but it makes walking Zoey particularly hard as she hates the rain, and will refuse to walk in it…but, at 16 months old she also needs her two walks a day!! It also means all our usual walks will have turned into quagmires again; they’d just about dried up and made for some real easy walking, but with the slightest bit of rain the bogs return and so we have to go back to wading through in our wellies 🙂
Ah well, the sun was nice while it lasted!
Kasper is being a real doofus at the moment. He is obsessing over every surface in the living room (the shelves, the cabinet, the table, ANYTHING!) and is trying to take whatever he can. Thankfully we are careful to (almost) never leave anything he could counter surf lying about, but the fact that he is trying repeatedly is highly annoying. I might have to resort to clipping a longline to his harness, so any time he jumps up to a surface I can say “get down” and make sure he does so. He would hate that, haha 🙂
I think he’s trying to be as annoying as possible to remind us what he used to be like when we first adopted him, as his ‘gotcha day’ is coming up on the 25th March. Oh my, he was such a nightmare dog! It’s always fun to think back to those days!
He had terrible separation anxiety (to the point where he chewed halfway through a door), he had no basic training, he had no recall, he was terrified of men, he literally bounced up and down on other dogs in his excitement and he was fearful of hands moving quickly towards him.
He’s a much happier and more confident dog now.
Zoey is a little star as always. We played a fun impulse control game last night (always a good thing to practice with Zoey as she has virtually no impulse control! 🙂 ). It was basically the way you teach a puppy / untrained dog ‘leave it’; you have a treat closed inside your fist, and ignore all the dogs’ attempts to get it out. As soon as the dog moves away from the treat and leaves it alone, you open your fist and they get to have it 🙂
Well we played a harder version where, when Zoey had moved away and my fist was open, she still had to wait until I released her. If she moved to take the treat my fist would close again! It was good fun, and I really enjoyed watching her having to concentrate so much, she did really well.
At first she tried to bat my fist open with her paw
But she quickly caught on and would sit and wait long enough for me to take a photo 😉
Not bad, not bad at all Zoey 🙂
Afterwards we had a rough ‘n’ tumble play session, and somehow this happened…