Weeks 9 – 12 with Miss Maggie!
Since August was Blonde Boy’s last month with me, most of my focus was on getting him ready to go back into the kennels. I knew Maggie’s time was coming. That doesn’t mean I stopped taking pictures though! Enjoy Maggie’s “August in Pictures!”
To lower the fat content, I stuff Kongs with a mixture of peanut butter and low fat yogurt. Maggie got to clean the yogurt container when it was empty.
A trip to Lowe’s with Momma to pick out some stones. Maggie couldn’t decide which were the right ones.
CLASS!!! Our August class was held at Publix in Nocatee. In the 3rd photo, that’s Maggie at the very end. One of my favorite things to do in class is switch puppies! You pray “your” puppy doesn’t act up, but it’s loads of fun to work with a different pup. (At least I find it fun.)
Grocery stores offer many training opportunities. Often pups can be spooked by a card with a wiggly wheel, the compressors in the meat or veggie sections of the store, or closing doors in the freezer section. We always walk down the frozen food aisle to open and close (slam) the doors to help desensitize the pups. Maggie had a difficult time with the first couple of door closings, but I let her sniff the door then inside the freezer, allowed it to close slowly and after a couple of times she was fine with it.
She was one tired puppy after an hours class having to behave!
She loves to snuggle on Momma’s lap, though sometimes she has to share my lap with Dakotah.
Cooling the belly and riding in the truck!
She loved her big buddy Blonde Boy!
Obligatory pack photo!
As she gets older, she’s more tolerant of Brat Cat!
PLAY DATE at Camp K9!!!
Play dates at Camp K9s are so fun for the pups! They’re grouped together by age with no more than 5 pups at a time. I took the “big” camera to get some good shots. Play dates are also important from a training perspective. If the pups are running and playing and you call them back to you, that’s practicing your recall. So very important as one day you may be recalling them from something that could harm them. We also watch to see that the pup isn’t territorial about toys, will give up toys to humans, isn’t aggressive in play, etc. So much goes into making sure these pups have the temperament to be service dogs.
Such a pretty girl. Happy after playing with her buddies!
Until next time, be safe.
This blog covers July 31 – August 27, 2017