Thursday, July 03, 2008
  1st night of obedience classes

it was interesting!

these one people had this great dane there. 7 mos old - not full-grown - and already 110 lbs. should get to be about 160. and this dog had no idea he was big... he was like gretchen, totally unruly, only 4x her size. craziness. he kept pawing at his people, with a paw as big as their hand. he lunged over and over at the other dogs, barking, causing an uproar. i talked to the people after and they said he's totally sweet, he just wants to smell and play with the other dogs. but the other dogs can't help but feel like lunch when dealing with something of that size. crazy. at least they're in obedience classes, tho.

gretch was good. she's way too smart tho. like they say hold one treat out for the dog in a closed fist and hide another behind your back. the command "leave it!" should be instilled by getting them to ignore what's in your hand and surprise them with the behind-the-back treat. it worked on gretchey, like, twice. after that, she would just stare at my other arm, waiting for the "hidden" treat to appear. even when chris did the command at home to see, she just stared at his other arm. too smart!!

i have to practice with her a lot. see, at some point, i would like to be able to sit down on a couch and not have three dogs immediately fight over who gets to sit on my lap, or just decide to share it. and not listen when i tell them to get down. they're such loves, but there are too many of them and they're too big to CONSTANTLY be all over me. and two of them are lickers... and trust me, sometimes there is such a thing as too much love.

so, here's hoping that the obedience class works. :)

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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

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