|Emma adores Max and mimics him when in public.|
That first phone call would be the ongoing theme for the rest of the day. I received no less than five calls today from people wanting to talk dog and starting to train one for a family member or themselves. I missed a couple of them because it was re-check day with ears for both Emma and Max.
I worked with Emma on her two behaviors for the week and called ahead to the vet to let them know I would be bringing in both dogs. The vet office wasn't the madhouse this time like it was the last, but I did see some sad cases go through. One family brought in their dog and left crying without it, another learned their dog needed an amputation and a third came in for emergency surgery for a block bowel.
Emma was in good humor again and dealt well in the lobby with all of the dogs and cats there. She was well behaved and happy to greet everyone, until an 8 or 9 year old girl came in. The moment she saw her she began barking and it was only with re-direction that I stopped her. This girl was not afraid and after Emma calmed asked if she could pet her. I encouraged it and Emma relaxed and enjoyed the girl's very gentle and appropriate petting.
Emma and Max are both healthy again. Their ears are in great shape and their weight is top notch. Max weighed in at a lean 79.8 pounds and Emma at a whopping 20.0 pounds. She's tall and lanky and growing at a great rate.
After our adventure at the vet office I stopped at a local E-Smoke shop I frequent and asked if Emma could come in and visit with them. I didn't film this visit, since it was impromptu and I was there to actually make a purchase also. The owner gladly welcomed her and said she was welcome to continue her training by making regular visits in the shop. I must commend this man - he's always warm and welcoming to myself and Max and was very pleased with Emma's behavior - and he's allergic to dogs. What a wonderful small business owner. If you e-smoke, please visit the tiny e-smoke shop on the corner of Freya and Sprague.
He said the most wonderful thing when we left - he said Emma was as well behaved as Max during her visit. How great is that to hear?!
The remainder of our day was spent working on Emma's fear of the evil metal bowl. I set it in the middle of the living room and let her walk and play around it and waited to feed her until I knew she was truly hungry and then added a bit of Attitude's moist food (Duck and Chicken Grill from Wilderness) to the kibble and set the bowl on the floor before her. She ate her entire meal from the bowl, though at times a bit shy about it moving along the floor, she decided her tummy wanted that wonderful smelling food more than her worry about the shiny thing she had to put her head into.
|Focus||Lazy Leash||Go To Mat||Crate||Distance|