|Emma, 14 weeks old, didn't know that night|
she would be having so much fun learning.
After our cuddle we did a quick training session on Zen and Target with Emma. Max worked on Zen and his new trick. With Attitude's health declining I spend a bit of extra time feeding her before the other dogs so I know she's eaten. For Emma the time Attitude is eating is very hard, but she's accepted that she can't put her nose in Attitude's bowl and try to steal her food. It's the beginning of Food Bowl Zen and she's showing a lot of self control when Attitude is eating a high value food such as canned Salmon and Garbanzo beans with crumbled freeze dried food mixed together.
I just crated her for nap time and she's scratching and screaming in her crate in protest. When I shower she is quiet in her crate and when we go to bed she is quiet in her crate, but nap time is a different story. It's a long protest about being jailed when the rest of the household is up. It will take time for her to adjust to this new routine, but her nap time is when I can get her blog started and worked on, do some housework and give my dogs a break from the busy puppy.
Today for the first time Max goes to her crate when she is protesting and sits with her for a bit to quiet her. It works. With him present she quiets and settles until he leaves her sight. I've never seen him check on her before and I find it a good sign he's considering her part of the family now.
I decided, since Max kept coming out to tell me the puppy was upset, to drag her and the crate out into my kitchen and after watching her for a moment realized the problem wasn't that she was in the crate as much as it wasn't "night" time and thus dark. When I had Dieter crated when the kitten was first coming out and he wasn't ready to be loose with her at night, I had to cover his crate so he couldn't see her because he'd start to claw and whine when he saw the kitten. I went and found a heavy blanket and laid it over Emma's crate and low and behold she went silent and fell promptly asleep! Okay, so sometimes the human can be a bit slow!
Puppy KEmma is doing very well in her Puppy K class. She got to meet two of the puppies outside of class and though a bit shy about it, she was curious and willing to engage in a bit of friendly sniffing. The Springer and Lab puppies played together while we waited for class to start.
I worked on Level 2: Step 1 Go To Mat while waiting for Emma and I to participate in class work. Emma quickly picked up she was being paid only when she was laying on the blanket I had folded and laid next to me. I would toss a treat off of the mat and then wait for her to return to it and lay down and tell her Yes and give her a treat. When she chose to sit next to it or lay next to it I didn't say anything. It didn't take her long to figure out it had to do with the mat.
At one point I looked up and noticed Emma was the only dog in the room who was turned and completely focused on her handler. She had her back to the rest of the room and was ignoring the busy puppies around us while she focused on me.
Emma is progressing nicely and our practice on Zen and Mat work during class really helped cement the ideas for her. She is doing well with meeting new dogs, though she hasn't had enough play time with them yet to learn how to play with other dogs. She's enjoying working with not only myself, but Travis and Dana and she's truly enjoying going to class.
On my return Walter reported that Max, who has had separation anxiety since I adopted him, is doing better each week with my leaving. He stated Max had whined the entire time I was gone, but this week he only whined a couple of times and nudged the door handle on the front door a couple of times. The transfers between my home and her owner's home, having her babysat when I am not able to take her with me and having new people work with her has helped stave off a very difficult behavior for Emma, one in which I have spent the last three years working on with Max.
Next week Emma will get to meet a bunch of Boy Scouts during one of my lectures and then attend a new class with new puppies on Wednesday instead of Tuesday. I have already signed her up for Prep Class for next month and look forward to her moving into more advanced classes as we continue her training.