|Emma and Attitude help me blog.|
I used a lot of spoons on Tuesday and then borrowed yet more on Wednesday. By late Wednesday night I was so tired I couldn't sleep, which is a terrible position to be in when you need to be up with a puppy at pre-dawn hours. I finally drifted off at 1:30 AM while Emma slept in her crate and was awaken at 6 AM by her pronouncement that she needed to use the facilities.
I had a migraine and was staggering with exhaustion as I took her, Max and Dieter out. Attitude, my sleeping beauty, generally doesn't get up until almost 9 or 10 AM and thus hadn't stirred with the rest of us. I realized I was too tired and too worn out to deal with a high energy puppy and that if I fell back asleep, which I desperately wanted to, I wouldn't hear Emma as she roamed my home. I placed her back into her crate and collapsed on the bed.
Emma woke me again at 10 AM. I was exhausted still, but not staggering. I still had a head ache and couldn't really focus on what needed to be done. I knew I would need to rest for the day and realized my great plans to work on three or four of her levels material was out of the question.
I worked her for her morning meal and then let her play. Max, who has seen me like this before, went into his low energy mode and settled. Emma, who has not, wound up tighter than a top. She filled my living room with toys from the toy basket and chased the cat. She jumped on Max to start play sessions and the barking shot through my still existing headache.
I finally decided she needed a nap around 1 PM and put her in her crate after the fourth time she gleefully raced through the house after the cat right after mugging Max. She protested and screamed and threw a fit about the idea that her play time was over. She did finally nap, but it was a loud process. She will need this skill in the future and I plan to instill naps in her crate on a regular basis.
Why? If her handler ever ends up in the hospital and has to have a procedure she can't attend, she'll need to be able to stay quietly in her crate when no-one is in the room. She is quiet in the evenings when it is bed time and again if I place her in her crate in the morning for my showers, but she knows where I am then. It is when I am not in the room that she protests loud and hard. I will help her understand that quiet in the crate is what we are asking for so in her future work she can be left in a room in a crate and feel safe and secure.
By evening when I would have finished her evening meal with training I was so wiped out I just fed all of the dogs and went to bed early. Hopefully tomorrow training will be a bit more productive.