So although the pen in the living room is technically Zoey’s, for when we leave the house, she’s happy to share it between the boys too.
Raiden spends a lot of time in there whilst the big dogs play or sleep. Either myself or partner usually go in with him and keep him busy. My partner usually does gentle play and snuggling, whereas I like to really rag Raiden about and work on training.
Kasper is also delegated to the pen if he needs a brief time out, but we don’t want him in his crate. Usually it’s when the adult dogs have worked themselves up playing, and they need to rest and calm down but won’t let each other sleep!
Kasper’s funny as he gives me the most amazing puppy dog eyes ever when he goes into the pen. Of course he’s very happy in there until he’s finished his Kong, but afterwards I get this face 😀
Today I started mat work with Raiden. I like mat work, it’s good for teaching the dog to be calm somewhere and it’s useful as a mat especially is very portable…I could take it on buses, trains, to classes etc.
I didn’t encourage him on the mat at all. I waited for him to go check it out and then click / treated him for interacting with it
He offered a sit on the mat within seconds, and a little while after that he lay down. Because he doesn’t have very good rear end awareness yet he thought he was on the mat here…we’ll work on that later 🙂
And here’s Zoey chilling on the same mat!
I also figured a way to get Raiden to offer me his paw today. Usually to teach a puppy ‘paw’ I hide a treat in my closed fist and click/treat them when they try dig it out. However when I had a treat hidden from Rey, because I’ve done so much work on leave it, he just sat and waited!! Ooops… 🙂
It’s Zoey’s third birthday in less than a month. I’m excited! I need to start planning her gifts, although to be fair all but one of the things on my birthday list are for the dogs >__<
Hopefully she’ll have a really great day…my parents are coming to stay nearby on the 17th – 18th October for my birthday, so I’m gonna try get my dad to come visit Zoey and we can all take her on a special ‘yay you’re three!’ walk 😀