|Emma is learning to relax when I work on the computer.|
Over the weekend I learned that the family suffered the loss of a loved one. I am truly sorry for their loss and hope they find the support they need for recovery. As a result, Emma's owner's schedule was seriously disrupted and she received no training over the weekend. I truly understand this (read Day 5 of Emma's training blog and you'll see much the same happened when I suffered the loss of a long time friend). I woke early on Tuesday, expecting Emma to arrive at her normal time and not taking into account that they may not be running on any schedule at all. Her owner called me around the time she would normally drop off Emma and informed me that she wasn't ready to start her day yet - I understood completely. The result was, Emma didn't arrive at my home until between Noon and 1 PM.
They mentioned that Emma didn't eat well over the weekend. I wasn't truly surprised. Since Emma has arrived she's been trained with her food and rarely gets it in a bowl. Just before the weekend I had been mixing a small amount of moist food with her dry to raise it's value while working on crate training and suspected she'd hold out on eating dry food if no moist was mixed in as a result. On top of that, Emma, who is now older, felt the distress the family was in and spent most of her time cuddling and consoling her owners; something she didn't do when I faced my grief because of her age at the time.
Once Emma stopped bouncing around the house greeting the dogs and cat after her owner left I got her lunch ready (a bowl of dry with a small amount of wet mixed in) and put it in her crate. She is still convinced the crate is evil and I want to give her a lot of positive feelings with her crate. She started by eating her lunch with her butt outside of the crate, but finished by stepping in and eating. I never touched the door to the crate and praised her when she finished her lunch.
After that, knowing she had class later, I just let her settle in and played with her a bit. This week is a bit disrupted, so I don't have any high plans for her, but just want to work on known behaviors in daily living and give her a bit of rest and recoup after a weekend of sadness. She's in high spirits and playful, which is wonderful to see.
There were no formal lessons today.
|Focus||Lazy Leash||Go To Mat||Crate||Distance|