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Luke and I just got home from Luke's second obedience class.   I love the girl giving the class and she does a great job! Having had dogs (and babies) before the "counselor age" we seem to be in, listening to her today about what I need to do and say, having watched all of Cesar's DVD's, (and having listened to my daughter, after she's been in counseling for a couple years), I wonder if Luke will grow up and tell the other dogs he meets, the reason he does things wrong is really his mother's fault.  I remember when a dog was a dog, you were allowed to say "no" if he misbehaved, and everybody was happy.  Oh, for the good ol' days.... 

Luke and I talked about it on the drive home and he understands that I will just need more training than most.  And then he licked my nose to let me know he loves me anyway, and all was well!  

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Comment by Lois - Izzi on October 2, 2012 at 10:07pm

another ps:  I snap my fingers if I do not have their attention.  and please don't worry about time-lines.  Both Izzi and Charlie took a full 1 1/2 to fully accept my expectations. 

Comment by Barbara Holloway on October 2, 2012 at 10:05pm

TOO FUNNY!  I love it...  Thanks!

Comment by Lois - Izzi on October 2, 2012 at 9:52pm

Comment by Lois - Izzi & Charlie just nowDelete Comment

OK, no problem...   lets add another 20.    Total 40 per day eliminating one in the morning and one at night per day.  In the next 20 days you should find yourself at 16 to 20 per day.. YOUR  goal is to direct his attention in an agreeable manner within 30 days..   No talk, hand signals only.   So, as soon as you read this note, you need to add hand signals at the same time you use the word no, palm up, full hand.   lol  some days are better than others.

Comment by Barbara Holloway on October 2, 2012 at 7:28pm

Lois, right - I'm very obsessive...  :)))))  Lots of days I can make 20 by noon!  And, Daisy, I laughed out loud when I read about your iPad.  I know I would have handled it exactly the same way!!!  I blame my mother!

Comment by Lois - Izzi on October 2, 2012 at 6:15pm

ps:  Hug your daughter and remind her she is not canine.   Luke thinks (if he thinks) in a different manner.  

Comment by Lois - Izzi on October 2, 2012 at 6:11pm

grins.  You're still allowed to say 'no' but no more than 20 times per day thereafter you will be labeled obsessive.  If you're not sure concerning anything in puppy class, just watch the owners who come into the pets stores with dog in arms... within seconds you will see how well the owner takes care of his/her teeth.

Comment by Lynn, Daisy & Jax on October 2, 2012 at 6:11pm

Barbara, we will always be mothers, it's in our genes, even with the puppies. Jax knocked over my coffee the other day all over my ipad, I scream  "oh no"... he runs and hides, lol. I felt so bad I took them for a walk and gave them a cookie... I know, I know..I've read the books, I've watched the Cesar video's too..but it's going to take patient and practice! Us Mom's need to stick together! 

Comment by Barbara Holloway on October 2, 2012 at 6:05pm

Thanks - I really needed to hear that...

Comment by Lynn, Daisy & Jax on October 2, 2012 at 5:49pm

Oh I totally understand where your coming from. I'm the softy in our family for sure. The other day our son and I took the dogs for a walk, he was strict and didn't let up an inch, the dogs walked perfectly. Then I go on my own yesterday, we talk, we sniff, we pull, we tug, yikes! Where were my rock stars from yesterday? lol. I definitely need the training in our house.

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