|Emma is a cuddle bug and loves laying on her people.|
Once up, back in the house from relieving herself and a cup of coffee in my hands, we headed back into the bedroom for our cuddle time while I worked at waking up. On Thursday, when her owner picked her up, she mentioned they could tell Emma expected a bit of morning cuddle before starting her day, because she would go out and return and curl up on the couch with a "hey, aren't you going to join me" look on her face. Her owner mentioned she would be sending Emma in to cuddle with her daughter first thing in the morning and I didn't think too much of it at the time, but over the weekend the impact of that choice struck me.
Emma is being trained to be her son's service dog and if she sends Emma in to cuddle in the mornings with her daughter she'll loose valuable bonding time between the two. I am doing the morning cuddle with Emma to help her learn to lay quiet and calm on a bed in the event she'll be staying with her handler in the hospital and as part of her job when he's home. If she's not cuddling with him over the weekends, but someone else, she'll not settle with him when it comes time for her to do so. I would prefer she was sent to her boy in the morning so she can lay with him and get in her cuddles that way - since she's his dog and that is a strong bonding time for both of them.
Today was a busy day for me, and thus, Emma didn't get the amount of training I had wanted in. I had two back to back evaluations for service dog prospects to do and needed after that to get a repair done on Max's harness. I had arranged for Walter to watch Emma and decided, at almost six months, she could stay for the short time between my leaving and his arriving out of her crate.
Walter reported to me that Emma was calm and sleeping in the chair when he arrived. She was in great spirits and greeted him warmly and then went back to taking her nap. It was a good start on her learning to be out of her crate when left alone in my home. With the success she had today - not getting into things she shouldn't and not having any accidents, she will spend tonight for the first time sleeping out of her crate. I have gated my bedroom off (thus turning my bedroom into a "larger" crate) and we'll see how she does overnight outside of her crate.
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