- Words she knows pretty well: Sit, Lay Down, Stay (kinda), Off, Drop It, Leave It, Come, Outside, Inside, KONG, Sally Squirrel, Potty, Dinner, Bed, Car Ride – and more I’m sure I’m not aware of.
- Working on: Heeling properly, Retrieving (she’s a retriever, after all!), Stay, Loose-leash walks, no biting!, socializing and more.
- Healthcare: We are working on nail trimming. Although I have trimmed her toenails weekly ever since we got her at 8 weeks old, two weeks ago she decided she didn’t care for this and it has been a struggle. So now, we are back to the basics of treats, paw touch, treats, clip nail, treats, treats, treats. Hopefully soon she’ll settle down about this. Once a week, we also clean her ears out, and do a little tooth brushing with pads. She gets brushed every day.
- Vaccines: at 15 weeks we did a titer, to see where her immunity levels were, and they came back low for both Distemper and Parvo, so we gave her the 3rd and final booster (until she is a year old, when we will give her another, and after that, titers). She will be getting her Rabies vaccine at the next clinic Foster & Smith is holding for employees in early May.
- LOVES: Her KONG! She ADORES chasing after the Kong outside. We make this an outside toy ONLY and it is super fun for her. We try to get her to retrieve it, and are getting better at this but it needs more work. I always make her “sit” before I throw the Kong, and hopefully soon can start working on a “wait”, but want to keep it fun for her. She has had issues dropping the Kong for me, but this is getting better with the help of some tasty treats!
- HATES: I’m not sure there is anything Emme hates. Except maybe having her nails trimmed, but she is getting better at that. She pretty much LOVES everybody and everything!
- Cats: There has been marked improvement in how hard she plays with our youngest cat, the Bengal, Cosmo. Cosmo tolerates Emme very well, but Emme gets too aggressive, so we have tried to curb this behavior. There is still a lot of “Chasing” going on, but much of the time Cosmo has instigated this. It is OK, as long as nobody gets hurt. We will continue with our positive training for NOT chasing Cosmo. The other cats are doing OK. Ritter, one of our 3 year old Ocicats, has become a lot more assertive, and has been seen CHASING Emme! This is too funny, but we are proud of Ritter for doing this as it shows Emme who is boss, which she needs to learn. The other cats mostly avoid her as much as possible.
- Socialization: We have been doing our best to keep Emme well socialized, as we have no other dogs at home. She is a little bossy though, so will be working with some of our friends who are experienced trainers to help with this. We cannot wait for SPRING to get here, so all the dogs can stretch their legs and run, play and get to know each other better in the agility field.
That’s all for now! We are looking forward to the biting getting better, but I suppose we have to go through teething to get there… How are your puppies doing?