Sunday, August 14, 2016
Sunday, August 7, 2016
We've had Titus for about a month now and learning more of his behaviours and why he does certain things. He sure came with a lof of quirks, but hopefully by the time we're done working with him, he'll be happier, less anxious dog. We can see why somebody would have just abandoned him or left him behind. He's strong and strong willed, but mostly just afraid. Sadly, his fear causes him to do behaviour weirdly and sometimes not very good.
I started watching The Good Dog youtube videos and have started having purposeful training sessions with him. We've only had 2 days of it, but he's improving with certain fears and settling down on the leash. Since we'll be home all week, this is a great time for us to really focus on his training.
The children have been wanting to work some agility stuff with him, so they figured out how to make some jumps for him and have been working with him on that. He can do a double jump and a very long jump. They usually have to have him on leash to direct him or he just runs around it. :) The other day they were so excited when he did the jump without being on leash. He's making great strides but still has so much to learn and settle down within himself.
Our summer has been so great so far. We've done minimal work outside, though today looks like it's going to be a big work day in garden and cutting wood, and mowing. We've enjoyed lots of friends staying with us, small trips to swim, playing with friends, and taking walks with our dogs.
It's already August. I finally went through all the school books to get ready for that, though none of us are ready to start. I think we need to take August off as well. There's just too much work and fun to be had to start school. I'm pretty sure the children are thankful that their teacher isn't in any hurry to get started. ;)
Saturday, July 23, 2016
On Friday we had our friend, Elli with us, so we got to the fair early enough to watch the extra shows and stop by the petting zoo and tour some of the exhibits and animal barns. We enjoy walking around so much, visiting with old friends, family, and seeing how creative children are with their projects.
The children had been talking about their friends, the Browns and asked if I knew whether they would be there. I hadn't talked to them to know. While we were in the petting zoo they walked in. What a sweet surprise to everyone to have more friends to hang out with at the fair. After the petting zoo, we joined back up with them at the horse show and watched it together for a bit.
After getting lots of yummy food, we sat and watched the horse show. We missed seeing some people in it that we always enjoy cheering on, but we did catch another friend on her horse. It has been fun watching her over the years and seeing how much she improves from year to year.