This past Saturday marked the end of yet another dog obedience session.What a great session we had! We covered many different topics and worked out a lot of behavioral issues, especially in the Basic group. Impulse control, trust, and communication are always an underlying themes of every Basic Obedience Class. Puppy Class was an absolute treat! From socialization to learning commands, these pups were resilient little learners. It turned out to be my favorite session thus far, between dogs and owners. It is always something special to watch and observe the relationships between dogs and owners grow. As always, thank you all for allowing me to teach both you and your dogs!
Those Silly Hounds are at it again. Cute as they seem, don’t be swayed. Their mischievous side far outweighs their cute and cuddly side, well somedays it seems anyways. I must put the ball in their court for just a minute- they have come a long way from their rambunctious days just full of mischief making. Now a days, they care more about sleeping and relaxing than anything else. Most of the time anyways.
We could classify yesterday morning as a “Terrible Tuesday” at least between Rascal and I anyways. It started normal, benign even. We got up, went through our normal routine, the same went for the dogs. Nothing out of the ordinary. Alas, they are hounds, they keep you on your toes. Rascal, was the sole mischief maker during this series of incidents. Yes, INCIDENTS. Bella watched from her chair.
I turned my back for just a second and Rascal took advantage. We keep our garbage locked in a cabinet, we have a garbage picker in the house… RASCAL. With persistence, he got the latch undone and a field day ensued. I caught him quickly enough to avoid a major mess. He did not take kindly to being cut off from the delicious treasures the trash had to offer. He decided to rebut my attempts at household control, and pulled the chicken scraps off the counter. The little bugger, knowing he was being rotten, picked what he wanted from the mess (strawberry scraps and bread) and ran off to eat it. A lab would have at least cleaned up the mess! At this point, I stuck both dogs outside, hoping they’d run some steam off and get their, or his, jolly’s out. As I was trying to get housework done, a walk wasn’t in the cards for today. When will I learn.
They say things happen in threes. Oh yes they do. Can you even imagine what happened next? This time I. WILL. LEARN. Walk your dogs every day people! EVERYDAY! Exhaust them to the point they can’t move. EXHAUSTION. That is all.
I cleaned the mess up, let the dogs in, and carried on with my morning. On a normal morning, I leave the hounds sleeping in their respective spots as I take a shower. 99 times out of 100, they sleep like peaceful, lovely pooches. Not this time. Rascal had to let me know just one more time his thoughts for the day. I came out of the shower to find that he had peed on the leg of my couch. HE PEED ON MY COUCH. All because he wanted a walk. no comment.
This people. This is a prime example of the importance of exercise and mental stimulation. Even I am at fault of not getting my dogs enough in any given day. Life happens, we can’t always get out for walks like we should, but we must try. We must make time everyday to get out and walk. It is not only excellent for our pups, but for ourselves. No excuses. These events were a direct correlation of not meeting these important expectations. JUST DO IT.