Today is Sunday 24th April

Doggy Class today and I’d been looking forward to it as it’s been a fortnight since our first.
It all went pretty well. Maya still pulls at first, but I am getting the hang of ‘checking’ her and we have made definite progress with the socialising issue. All owners went in whatever direction they wanted so there was no pattern as to when dogs would come into close proximity. Wait and Leave were the instructions of the day.
Making Maya sit when I stopped wasn’t a problem as she does that anyway as a rule.
I think she’s in love though with a black and white border collie called George. He’s a year old and the two greeted each other, so wanting to play. We haven’t progressed to that yet. However, our instructor saw a definite improvement, but I know the weak link in her training is me. Nothing to do with strength just getting it across to her that I may be her best buddy, but I’m in charge, not her, so that’s something I have to work on.
The STAY exercise in the garden has also paid off.

It’s a sunny day again, but the wind is still cold and was howling pretty much all night.
Quiet day for us now and hopefully try and catch up with some sleep as both of us are shattered. We all dozed yesterday afternoon so no reason why that shouldn’t work today.
I was up early to let Maya out, then grabbed a blanket to settle in the lounge where Hubby was. He was up and about at his normal time, then told me to have an extra half hour. As it turned out, he lost track of time and let me sleep until 9!

No walking Kela today as she’s not well, so a quiet day on the cards for her too.
Have a good day, and as always keep safe everyone.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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15 Responses to Today is Sunday 24th April

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Sounds like class was good, I have to say we are still in shock πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

  2. Maya is more beautiful in every photo you take of her ❀️

    • Thanks Fransi. She is very photogenic and we’ve noticed the tan coming through on her flanks in waves. Her face also seems to have a ‘channel’ down the middle now.

  3. You are making great progress, Di

  4. Lauren says:

    It’s great she is making such good progress.

  5. She is gorgeous and has that quiet studying look I associate with big dogs who are being or are well trained. They scare me a bit frankly. I’m sure Maya is a nice dog all the same, and the perception is my problem, no criticism of her at all. ❀ I doubt you're the 'weak link". Pudge was much the same, although small enough that if I didn't like his attitude I could pick him up and put him in 'time out' for a while. I presume it was the cross breed of dog that he was (which I know was part chihuahua, but the other part? Pug? A really small English bulldog? I have no clue, but he was a stubborn cuss). Some breeds are just naturally a bit obstinate. You're doing wonderful things with her, Ziggy doesn't know the meaning of "stay" and he certainly never sits when I stop walking. Maya is doing great and so are you IMO!

    • Thanks for the vote of confidence.
      I can understand your concerns about big dogs. I’m the other way and usually it;s small dogs that make me a bit nervous (ie. that JRT yesterday). Maya deserves the investment of our time and patience. We had a ‘naughty step’ for Maggie when she displeased us……. anywhere we weren’t, but she could see us. We’d make her sit and wait as we continued what we were doing, then a few minutes later would invite her over. She spoilt us really and I have to keep telling myself Maya is only a baby!

  6. murisopsis says:

    Hehe! You are probably right – when we did training classes most of the time it was training the owners instead of the dogs! Maya is looking good and I’m so glad she is smart! That she’s already caught on to “Stay” is encouraging! Our Ranger had a lot of trouble figuring that one out – took him almost to age 2 before he would do it consistently!

  7. Carol anne says:

    So glad mayas training is going well. I think we were all having a quiet sunday, I slept most of the afternoon away. I never or rarely do that. Not sure what was wrong with me to make me so tired!

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