Another busy day was had by all. After the exceptionally long day yesterday I was nowhere ready for today to start when Emma gave me the 'I have to pee' alert from the crate. It was 7 AM when she stirred me from my bed. I stumbled out and took care of her need to pee and promptly returned to my bed with her. She's grown used to the "go out and pee and then snuggle in bed" routine at my home and quickly settled.
This morning Attitude decided Emma was not allowed the choice spot against me and pushed her out and stretched out against my spine. I promptly fell asleep and woke around 8 AM. Just as my brain was clearing my oldest son called my cell phone and through wheezes and gasps told me he had caught the latest plague and needed me to run to the store for him. I told him once I took care of the dogs I would be over.
I woke Walter and he cared for Attitude and Dieter while I quickly trained Max and Emma with their food. I worked again on Level 2: Step 1 Down with Emma and couldn't get her past 3 seconds for half of her meal. Frustrated I told her I would finish her breakfast after I returned.
She did get to watch me work Max on Level 2: Step 1 Come Afters for Sit and Down with Max. At one point when I had Max in a down while I took freshly popped popcorn out of a bag in my jacket pocket and ate a piece before clicking and dropping a kibble between Max's feet she was laying in perfect mimicry next to him.
When I returned I went to work on a couple of websites I work on for a company and then edited the first video I posted tonight, which was Emma's 17 week Public Access Training video. Just as I finished it and began to publish it my friend Robin Walters called, so while I was talking to her I finished Emma's breakfast by having her do a sit or down while I moved around her.
Just as I finished that my friend Redd dropped by to use my internet. Emma promptly lost her brain during Redd's visit and in the end I told Walter to stuff her in her crate for a nap. Though she didn't nap in the end, she did calm down. During the few minutes after Redd's arrival she started a play session with Max, chased the cat, jumped on Dieter, started a bark fest with Attitude and tried to help Redd type. It was her normal nap time, but the world was in chaos in my home suddenly and I was too tired to deal with her antics and found crating her to best solution.
We then headed off for this weeks Public Access Training and shortly after our return Walter left. As much as I love my son, I truly enjoy my privacy and finally having my house and not having someone talking to me while I am trying to do something is a relief.
We ended the night with my editing the video attached to this post and my training both Emma and Max for their evening meal. Emma started a new lesson tonight so I have something to work on tomorrow in place of Down. We are working on Distance, which should help her with her distance lessons for Sit and Down.
The evening ended with Emma tethered to my ankle when she again started cat chasing and dog pestering and then running through the house with yet another pilfered cat toy. She was over tired and acting like the two year old who refuses to sleep, so I tethered her to me and forced her into a quiet period of laying next to me.