|Emma is busy and enjoys playing with toys during|
her down time between lessons.
I also woke today in less pain than I ended the day before in. My back had been on fire and my joints screaming the night before when I headed to bed. This morning they ached, but weren't burning. This lent to an increased level of energy which could quickly be used if I didn't plot my day properly.
I had planned to take Max for a bath while Emma napped, but when her nap time arrived I had company and decided instead to use the quiet time I was granted during her nap to clean my house. I haven't actually properly cleaned my house since I started training Emma. I don't know about others, but when my house if out of order, so am I. My friend, who stayed for about 30 minutes, had left and Emma was sleeping, so I dusted and cleaned my kitchen. When she woke I continued and finished the floors and cleared out the fridge. I felt more energized as a result and enjoyed my evening training with the dogs without the "I have to clean my house" back burner nagging at me.
Emma is clearly feeling better today. She was full of it, playing with toys and starting play sessions with Max. She kept trying to play with the cat by chasing her or cornering her and poking her with her nose. I finally turned to her and said, "Leave the cat alone" and Emma turned, looked at me and walked away from the cat. She's starting to apply Zen to life situations.
I again only focused on two formal lessons today, which does not mean her entire day isn't some learning experience. Level 2 Communication asks that the dog give space to the humans around her by moving out of their way. Emma has been learning this all along, I just haven't accessed where she is on the steps. Level 2 Zen asks she learn self control with dropped items and items that are not hers. She's been learning that slowly over time by my continued monitoring of her behavior. Level 2 Sit and Down ask she use these skills to gain life rewards, such as going outside, getting a reward such as a toy or greeting a person. These two are things we apply to her life when she's not formally training. Level 2 Handling asks that she allow people to handler her feet, ears, mouth and body without fussing. I have been doing tiny bits of this in the morning when we snuggle, when I groom her and whenever I handle her. She's had me medicating her ears daily this week and I play with her gums and rub my fingers on them to prepare her for tooth brushing. I also play with her face, feet and body when we cuddle. Though you may only see two formal training items listed, her day is full of lessons because I can't ask her to turn off her brain when I don't have a clicker in my hands.
Since she can no longer join the cheese line in my house, she is getting Garbanzo beans when I medicate Attitude. I use Easy Cheese to give Attitude her tiny pills. I bit of Easy Cheese on the pills allows her to lick them from my finger tips and swallow them, so when I pull the can down I give each of the animals a small squirt of it from the can. Emma may be allergic cheese, so she can no longer have any when I dole out the morning treat. Instead, I give her one of the Garbanzo beans from the open can in the fridge. She loves them! I also use them as a reward for medicating her ears.