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Old 03-18-2019, 01:45 AM
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Laurel is my chi mix so I talk about her a LOT. I guess it's about time to start a diary thread. I want the forums to be just as clean and nice as they were when I found them.



Laurel misses the woods, but she loves her trainer. She likes obedience class even though she has an "IEP" and gets to sit on a carpet scrap or her mom's lap when it's time to practice "Sit".

She isn't so crazy about sitting in her mom's lap during her mom's music lesson. That's why Laurel is also learning about crates and her mom is also learning about doggie daycare.

Laurel has lots of new friends even though her mom just misses their own pack. She isn't crazy about short leashes or concrete, but she's a good dog and a smart dog and obedience class is worth it.

Laurel's mom needs Laurel to stay safe in the woods.
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Old 03-19-2019, 01:00 AM
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Please tell me what is an "iep"? Something wrong with Laurel that she can't sit??? I'm glad she is getting used to crates and doggie daycare. It is so much easier taking care of a dog that needs confining--after surgeries for example. In an emergency it is SO MUCH EASIER for the first responders if the animal is in a crate. Some misguided people think that a crate is a 'jail'. Not if you follow the instructions on introducing a crate.

Please remember that no matter how 'well trained" Laurel is, she is a DOG and if she sees something in the woods, unless you have a long line on her, the scene could turn out very sadly for both of you! (I had an Irish Setter killed by a car, after being attacked by 2 other dogs in a vacant lot across the street. If I had her on the leash, she would not have died. Hard lesson to learn)
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We had crate trained Shelties when I was a kid so I know how important this is, I'm just lazy and way too easily convinced by sad little eyes and unaccustomed freedom to make my own choices.

She does okay being stuffed into a crate when absolutely necessary (unexpected and unavoidable landlord visits and maintenance, during my private music lesson if she can't sit quietly in my lap, etc.) but she doesn't go into it voluntarily, it feels rather rude to me and not "done", and there is a certain period of time where she does bark and is unhappy before she settles down.

I think I've chosen our doggie daycare but she needs a Bordatello shot first. I didn't have to give her this vaccine reaction/allergy that makes her miserable since I doubt if I would have been "caught" for not following the letter of the local dog license law but I didn't know that then!

There was a Pom killed at a local doggie daycare. Of course I'm afraid and of course I'd prefer to have Laurel every bit as well crate trained as the Shelties were. They were crated all during normal work/school hours by the time they were 5+ years old and I was old enough to need Mom's paycheck more than her presence.

That's not possible for Laurel so I have to swallow the same pride that said "I'm not the type of person to take my dog to a groomer!" when I was having so much trouble maintaining her nails.

Laurel LOVES pedicures now, so the groomer is helping me with other unfamiliar tasks I need to learn. I'm not "there yet" but I have chosen "The One" for when I am ready to leave her, walk out the door, and come pick up my pretty, happy little dog later.

Or not. If it cramps her style too much, I'll just dress my little raggamuffin tomboy more appropriately the next time she tries to keep up with a Lab in the rain in the middle of winter.
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Old 03-21-2019, 01:17 AM
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Great idea! Doggy day care is wonderful IF it is run correctly. Seems as if you have done your homework.
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