Krissi, an amazing dog trainer, came by today and we worked w/Otis (Black Lab/Pointer Mix) on his recall. He was a champ! Hot dogs are his new favorite thing in the world!
We also worked with both dogs - Jasmine (as seen in most of the pictures on this page) & Otis - walking them around the living room - each had a half of the room - we fed them lots and lots of treats. Their tails wagged. They looked at each other with curiosity but both were more interested in the treats. Yay!
Lastly, we tethered them in the living room on opposite sides of the room with about 4 feet between them when stretched. We gave them treat filled kongs. Otis doesn't like peanut butter - Jasmine does. They both enjoy chicken, hot dogs, duck & potato, and dog food infused with all of those above mentioned flavors. They did great!
We have a long, slow road ahead but I can work on tethering when eating dinner and such and the rest seems very doable. Yay!!! THANK YOU KRISSI!!! Oh! Krissi also gave Otis a bike ride. :) That was such a wonderful sight! When you consider how often he wants to chase bikes, cars, moose, birds, anything that moves - WOW!!! What a good boy! I'm impressed and proud of him.
FYI - looking for a place to live back east in NY, VT, or Western MA - pet friendly, obviously. Need to have access to the Capital District, NYC, the Berkshires, and the Green Mountains. Okay, the last one is for playtime but I LOVE VT and cannot live without its positive effects. Anyway, if you have any leads on a place - preferably on a dirt road with a yard - fabulous!!! Of course, month-to-month is fine too provided I'm on the ground floor. Don't want to disturb the neighbors with the footsteps of dogs.
To be continued...