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Puppy training....or is it people training?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Tonight was the first night of puppy training with our Boxer, Abby. She was VERY excited about the whole thing. She got to go on a car ride. She got to explore new things, places and people. AND, there were other dogs there. Hi, I'm Abby. Hi, I'm Abby. Hi, I'm Abby - food - Hi, I'm Abby. Hi, I'm Abby - pretty - Hi, I'm Abby. Hi, I'm Abby. Anyway, you get the idea.

The trainer/teacher of the class is 20 and already has 12 years of experience! Dang! She gave us some basics (don't say no, have a reward word or sound) and passed out homework. Blech! We need to practice the reward word, the correct naughty behavior word/activity and the watch me exercise at least 30 times each day. DH and I both went, so we have to work together to be consistent and make sure we use the same words and actions. I think the hardest part will be to train myself to train her!

Anyway, really tired now, so I need to make my lunch for tomorrow and get in bed. Later all.

  
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SHADOZA 9/20/2009 8:22AM

    We didn't take our dog to training. We probably should have as he bolts out the front door if you leave it open long enough. If we leave it go, he doesn't go far, just lays in the neighbors yard watching the house.

We work with him when the opportunity arrives, but he is an old dog and this is one trick he doesn't want to learn.

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 9/19/2009 7:32PM

    Great blog!
I know exactly what you were meaning!!

Glad you and DH got trained, LOL

I'll bet Abby had FUN watching the two of you. LOL

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AWYEAGLE 9/17/2009 12:36PM

    I agree that as humans we have to be trained 1st before a dog can learn. My guess is that Abby already has you guys trained to give in when she looks at you cute. ;)

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MYLAUREN2 9/17/2009 1:21AM

    Maggie knows she is not the Alpha dog in this house, but she knows she rules over my DH, cause he isn't firm enough with her to let her know.( He spoils her.) She is a hound and is very stubborn. emoticon Good luck on the training.

Comment edited on: 9/17/2009 1:22:20 AM

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JUNIAATROME 9/17/2009 1:14AM

    Well, that's how the wisdom goes - it's people who need training not the dogs. Must admit, Charlie trained us pretty well. But compared to our first ever dog - a Coker Spaniel named Jake, Charlie is a piece of cake. We managed to become HIS pack and he was the Lord of the Mountain. BIG, big mistake! So good you are getting Abby trained the right way. She will grow into a big dog someday and it's good you are taking precaution. Good luck with it and yes HAVE FUN.

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GEEMAWEST 9/17/2009 12:28AM

    Puppies and babies, they are so cute and then they grow up. LOL

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DTSM53 9/17/2009 12:25AM

  Ha Ha! We took our beagle through 3 different stages of training. Yep, it's learning how to train yourself to train the dog!

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Near tragedy at lunch!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

As many of you know, my favorite part of the day is sitting in the sun on the patio at work during lunch. I eat my lunch and read my book, all by myself! It is WONDERFUL! Today, i was very close to finishing my book so I took my back-up book too.

Half way through lunch, I finished reading my book. I took the time to read the excerpts from other books by the author, including the "new' one coming out next month (whatever month that was!). I've decided to add this author to my excel sheet of authors and books to read. (That IS an honor, dang it!! LOL!)

Time to start the next book. Hide and Seek by James Patterson. I read the first paragraph and that is when tragedy struck! emoticon




I have already read that book! NOOOOOOOOO!!!!! I have fifteen minutes of lunch left and no book to read! emoticon You other readers out there can relate. I know you can!! So, with no other choice before me, I headed back early. The minute I got home, I swapped out the books I had read and got the next book in line. And yes, I read the first page to make sure it really was a new book! LOL!!

Tragedy averted!

  
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JUNIAATROME 9/16/2009 11:24AM

    With no back up plan - that is a tragedy. Hope you used those 15 mins for a good purpose anyway just chillin'?

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JUNIAATROME 9/16/2009 11:24AM

    With no back up plan - that is a tragedy. Hope you used those 15 mins for a good purpose anyway just chillin'?

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RWETHAIRYET 9/16/2009 11:00AM

    What I really hate is when I get halfway through the book before I realize I read it before, lol.
Though there are a few that I read over and over.

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 9/16/2009 3:48AM

    LOL,

My DW re-reads some of her books, so it wouldn't have been a tragedy for her, LOL. Of course it only because I LET her have three books FORCING her to read them over and over and over and over again.

Glad we didn't have to call out the National Guard, you boss probably changed out your book so you would get back to work EARLY, LMAO

HAGD and thanks for the chuckles

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LOWTIDE 9/16/2009 12:57AM

    I am so sorry, what a dilemma!! I liked that book a lot. LOL, I probably would have read my favorite parts again. I am sure you made the better choice. Have a great week!!

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CHEERFULLADY 9/15/2009 11:36PM

  Hilarious!! Glad I'm not the only one who's done that! emoticon

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The boss was gone and I kinda liked it!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

To clarify, the old boss was out (he ran a 31-mile race this weekend!). Since he was out, I covered at one of the calls with a subcontractor. And I did pretty good! I knew the answers to their questions, what our plans were and when we expected to have more information for them! I may find out tomorrow that I was wrong, but today I feel great! emoticon

  
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AWYEAGLE 9/15/2009 4:34PM

    WOO hoo, I love it when my bosses are gone - glad you had fun.

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LOWTIDE 9/15/2009 4:26PM

    I am sure you did great. What a great opportunity to show what you can do!! Have a fantastic day!!!

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KATVHALE 9/15/2009 12:51PM

    Good job and I bet you had it all right!!!



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Blink, and it's gone!

Monday, September 14, 2009

The weekend, that is. Dang! So...let me give you a run down.

Saturday - Get up at 6:00 and go to the gym. Come home, shower, eat breakfast and take the dogs (two of them) to get their shots. Get there by 8:45. Wait for the place to open, get in, figure out that my dogs are sooooo poorly behaved, leave at 9:15 (while noticing how quiet it is after my dogs leave). emoticon

Get my son to his football game at 10:45 (30 minute drive) and watch him play. Translation - sit in hot sun for 3 hours. Drive home, eat some lunch, gather books and head to the library. Stop at PetsMart to sign dogs up for training classes. Go to Jake's Place for GF items, hit Walmart for a couple of items, get home at 5:30. Start dinner, cook veggies for later in the week, and I'm not sure what all else, but I do know I missed most of the BSU game (they won!!!). Oh...and throughout the day, did laundry when I could.

Sunday - slept in until 8:00, took the kids out to breakfast. Planned to go grocery shopping while out, but daughter was sick so I took her home. Got her settled and headed out to go grocery shopping. Shopped, came home, put stuff away, did laundry and started auctions for DH. Went back out to have dinner with in-laws, came home, walked the dogs, finished auctions and another project for DH and did another load of laundry. Gathered food and clothes for work tomorrow and FINALLY get to sit down for a couple of minutes. Unfortunately, it is already after 10:30 and I need to get to bed soon.

I guess I know where my weekend went!

To all of you who have posted on my blogs and left comments on my page, thank you! I have read them all and I will respond. Honest! I appreciate the support and look forward to hearing from all of you.

Later all and wish me some down time!

  
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RWETHAIRYET 9/15/2009 11:04AM

    I still have weekends like that...and all my kids are grown and gone.
I'd like 4 day workweeks myself....but I have a feeling that 3rd day off would just dissappear into more of the same.

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HICALGAL 9/14/2009 7:09AM

    wow...i need a weekend after reading about YOUR weekend...where's my pillow? emoticon

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L-OSTER8 9/14/2009 2:01AM

  The real question is . . . isn't there someone who can help you with some of these chores? How old are your children? Are there friends who could help you out occasionally? YOU NEED SOME TIME FOR YOURSELF . . . SOMEONE NEEDS TO HELP OUT . . . BEFORE YOU BURN OUT!!!

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 9/14/2009 1:50AM

    I'd recommend that you get four day work weeks, but then you'll still have more than three days of work at home, LOL

Get some rest cause that rat race is starting all over in the morning!

TTYL
Sleep tight

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JUNIAATROME 9/14/2009 1:25AM

    Now somebody please invent some one-off clothes that you can just throw out after you've got them dirty!!!! Isn't it amazing how in the end there is always laundry to come back to - be from the vet or the game or whatever, there is a pile that has miraculously assembled while everyone was out of the house. It's the same here, and I can't solve the mystery. emoticon

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Too exhausted

Saturday, September 12, 2009

I am too exhausted to blog tonight. Up and running since 6:00 this morning and I still have a load of laundry in the dryer. Going to go eat a piece of toast, read a couple of minutes and then go to bed so I can start all over again tomorrow.

Later y'all!

  
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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 9/13/2009 9:16AM

    Ditto of what Cheryl said

See ya later

Tater

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GEEMAWEST 9/12/2009 11:36PM

    Sleep tight and don't let the bed bugs bite. emoticon

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