Thursday, October 14, 2010

Oh west..

West and I had a quiet morning. I've done something terrible to my back, about 3 weeks ago now, and every day, it gets worse. I'm going in on Monday to hopefully have it fixed :)
Anyway, so today, I'm VERY sore, and so the dogs kind of get the rough end of that. They went out for a short play this morning, then spent most of the early part of the day napping in their crates while I laid perfectly still hoping to be cured by tylenol.

Around 2, I figured I better take them out to run or they'd start plotting my assassination, so out we went. They're getting much better about going outside together without any doorway-brawls, which is convenient.

I took both of them down to the chickens again. I should get video of West with them, it's kind of hilarious. A couple times, he got overzealous and was chasing them in prey-mode. Still nothing that looks like real herding, but he's coming along. Archie just ate apples.

Back inside, put Archie in his crate and did some real live training with West AND got some of it on video!!

He's so stressed about it, I expect it to take him a while to settle in and make the association. As a dog with a bite history, I feel it's important that he can safely and calmly wear a Gentle Leader, so we're working on that. I worked on some down-stay with him, too, in prep for the Relaxation Protocol. We've got a ways to go.

His Tshirt fits him well. Not sure if/how much it's helping, but it isn't hurting, so he wears it during the day. He spent a good 10 minutes chewing on the Linkables toy, like a baby teething puppy. He's SO cute.


  1. Keep up the great work! It's all about baby steps, as you know! ;)

  2. Thanks Amy.. Baby steps, baby steps. Splitting, not Lumping.. I do know, but it's good to be reminded!