Today was Izzy’s first day of school. No, you are not confused, Izzy is our dog and not a child we adopted since the last time we posted. When we adopted her we got a free obedience class from the Seattle Humane Society. It’s a pretty sweet deal. The class actually started last week but the first session was only for humans.
Last week’s homework was to gather what was on the supply list. Yes, she has a supply list. It consists mostly of gathering the right treats.
Turkey hotdogs mixed with kibble anyone? She’ll do just about ANYTHING for the turkey hotdog mix or cubed cheddar cheese.
She stalked her “school bag” throughout the house. Look at her eyeing it here. She knows there delicious treats inside.
We’ve been having trouble with her yanking her leash especially when she sees a anything with a heartbeat. She means them no harm (except the cats), she just wants to love them. My boss suggested the Gentle Leader. It goes around her nose and applies a little pressure when she pulls. She HATES it but we LOVE it. She doesn’t pull at all now and she’s only worn it 3 times. She won’t wear it forever – probably just until the end of the month. I can’t tell is she’s pouting in the picture because she’s wearing it or because she has to wear it to school.
We were a little worried about school. We thought she’d be wild and she’d be “that dog.” Everyone said such great things about their dogs last week and it made me think no one but her needed the class. Thank goodness we were wrong. She was definitely one of the better behaved dogs, I’d say top 3 out of a class of 11. I think it’s because we (or I) did the homework. We had all the right treats and distracting toys to keep her working.
Apparently the class was hard work because she was absolutely pooped when we got home.
She’s been laying around like this for a few hours. Maybe I can get into the garden tonight without her kicking up a fuss.
She’s getting better but she definitely has a lot of things to work on. She started acting up in the car. She suddenly wants to sit in the front seat with me. She has separation anxiety. She cries when she can’t see you though she’s fine (usually) after 10 minutes or so. She’s really loving and wants to jump on everyone and give them kisses. She’s started jumping up to see what’s on the kitchen counter or dining table but gets down pretty fast when she gets caught. There are more but these are the big ones. She’s doing really well on the housebreaking. Her only accidents have been when we weren’t paying attention to the “I need to pee” signals which has only happened twice. She loves sleeping in her crate at night though getting her into it during the day is a little bit of a struggle. She doesn’t want to get in but is lazy to get out when we get home.
Besides school, Izzy’s other but milestone is that she’s survived a month with us. A whole month that feels like a year. I’m not saying getting her was bad, it’s been great but it’s been a change for us.
OK, we’re off to check what the homework for this week is. We hope it’s teaching her to ride a skateboard. She saw Meaty do it and now she’s jealous.