|Emma and Attitude in my recliner.|
It's Wednesday and I had two evaluations of dogs at The Ruff House in the afternoon and four hungry dogs and one hungry cat to deal with. I quickly showered and then went about getting the animals cared for.
Emma was in great spirits. She was running through the house charging the Dachshunds and cat, bouncing off of me and Max and generally causing puppy chaos in our home. Mornings in my home are not quiet.
Her morning lesson went extremely well with her starting Target training on the board and moving to the cabinet in the kitchen on her second session. She was bold and ready to learn and was fine with the entire adventure until she pushed the cabinet door shut in the kitchen and it made a sharp bang. She flinched, but didn't retreat. I gave her lots of treats and praise and smiled at her. Though she only shut the door a couple of times, each time it banged she flinched. Clearly I need to work on that.
When it came time to leave for my evaluations I went through my "I'm leaving routine" and tied off cabinets and closed doors and picked up items I didn't want chewed. Emma was ready this time when I opened the door and shot out like a black bullet. It took a bit, but I caught her up and started to leave. I wasn't half a block away when I realized I'd left my purse in the house.
As I came up the ramp I heard the chorus from in the house. Emma, Attitude and Dieter were howling! I laughed and walked in, picked up my purse and left. I think they were all so stunned I'd walked back in that they completely forgot to howl as I left.
My appointments went longer than expected with the second person not leaving for over half an hour after our appointment was done due to her transport running late. I worked with her dog, a very excitable BC mix while we waited. I was becoming concerned, since this was the longest I'd left Ms. Emma alone in the house and wasn't sure what I would return too.
What I returned to, almost 4 1/2 hours later, was three happy and calm dogs. Emma was the only one who didn't leave me a suprise on the floor. Attitude had peed in the middle of my floor and Dieter had marked my Glide Rocker. Its a good thing I love dogs.
Since I was running so late, I skipped training with her lunch and just fed it to her. It was 4 PM on my return (I had left at 12:30 PM) and dinner in my home is normally around 6 PM. I decided to delay dinner, but didn't want her belly so full at night she couldn't hold herself through the night.
We ended the night with training and cuddles. I was too tired, after all I had done for the day, to do this blog post, but thankfully, today I can catch up on the posts and update you all on how she's doing.
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