Here is a video of Marco eating his food.
No photos other than this blurry one as we are both on lead. I tried to get the grandkids coming but no go.
How did it go? They both upchucked a little on the way - nothing on the way back. This sometimes happens and by class 3 it should be gone. Some do, some do not. It also can be the way Nathan was driving. Shhh I didn't say that. I get car sick at times.
Raven was cautious and didn't want to play with anyone. Everyone is big but 1 other and its a very large class.
Stormy was after everyone to play. Neither had been on a lead or had a collar on. This is Nathan's job. With me being tired it made more work for me.
I was on Raven and she is not food motivated so couple this with what are all these big dogs doing in my class, I didn't think any of this was doable but I got her walking on lead though slowly and looking at me (easy peasy). She vastly improved by midway through the class.
Stormy was doing everything with ease. Of course Nathan took Stormy as she is the easy one. She did try to bit his fingers off getting to the food.
Again, nothing wrong with Raven. She assesses the situation first. That tells me she is mighty intelligent. It may take some work at first but we will get her there. I will also practice with her and I bet you Nathan will practice with Stormy less. We shall see how week 2 goes.
Raven had everyone ooohing and ahhing about her cuteness. She is so very cute. I am going to work through some treats and if I have to make a chicken before class and take chicken with me. My challenge is to get her food motivated enough to want to do what I am asking.
I call the first class a success. I just wish I wasn't so very tired. Maybe that was good as I was punch drunk relaxed.
Nothing like Siblings playing. See the gallery. Rocky was only here for a bath and trim so he was here for a couple of hours. He did get to play with his mom and his sister. As you will see he had a great time. Here is the video.
Both Stormy and Rocky was so happy. They play growled and rolled around all over each other. It was grand to watch.
Marco had a fun time at his Pupcake party yesterday! Everyone arrived at 3:00 including a 6 year old named Sophie. Marco was thrilled that everyone brought presents. I wish there were more pictures but between keeping Marco and a six year old amused, Bill keeping everyone's glass filled...we were too busy! People stayed almost 3 hours and the last hour Marco slept in my lap.
The pictures are of him after the festivities and some of the more creative cards! He was a super host to a group of about 15. Such a charmer!
Last night we had all 3 pups in with the crew to play including Inula. They all did well to various degrees. As this was new, they usually just have 1 or 2 join them in play vs. getting surrounded. They had a variety of reactions. The Adele girl went - oh wow joy, joy, joy and proceeded to embrace the change. The tri Jeannie was more reserved but played. She assessed and thought it through. The Jeannie cream gal watched then played.
We repeated this morning without Akemi as Akemi was sleeping. It was just the timing. The Adele gal was happy, happy, play. The tri Jeannie didn't assess for long this time and just played despite being surrounded.
Now you would think the Adele puppy is better off but yes and no. She seems to embrace the changes without thinking where the Jeannie pup assessed.
Why is one better than the other? They are not.
The Adele pup just does without thinking and the Jeannie pup makes sure the surroundings are safe. She is the thinker. The thinker will keep herself out of trouble by making sure the situation is safe where the Adele will need human intervention (at least for now) to let her know if it is safe. She will remain that way unless she gets attacked and then she will be weary.
They are each different. Not one better than the other but the key is to get the Adele pup to think (read body language) and the Jeannie pup to assess quicker. To have the ability to read dog language so young and assess is a 'good' thing. To embrace everything is a good thing but each needs help in different ways. You learn what your dogs needs are without coddling to help them be all they can be. Coddling cripples a dog emotionally. It also will do the same to a human. Think about it.