NEWS FLASH: Gracie is Home and Wanting to Fly! Those wings don’t stay “clipped” long! She’s a fighter and even pneumonia won’t keep her from soaring onward. It’s good to see all that energy again—sometimes! Gracie is back on track and is doing great! She has figured out the “crate” game (and the word)--- Just go in the crate and get a treat! Gracie also knows her name (knows “Grace” as well) and her head whips around when you call her. If you place the palm of your hand toward her and tell her to “touch”, she will touch your hand with her nose. She “sits” with a hand signal, knows the word and hand signal for “wait”, and does it before coming out of her crate or before getting her dinner. Her new trick is “sit pretty” or, as most people know it, “beg”---Great abs Gracie!
Things we are working on:
Gracie is doing well with so many things, in such a short time. We are still working on her being a little “mouthy” ---it only happens sometimes now when she is excited and we are also working on the hand signal for “down”. Her biggest hurdle though---Patience! She does try to “demand” things, such as: out of the crate, dinner, or not being left in a room alone. She will do really well for most of the day and then will decide---“Forget it, I’m not waiting.” or “I don’t want to do that.” and throws a little tantrum. It is sort of funny---because I just leave the room when it happens and she is learning that if she barks, carries on, or jumps, she does not get what she wants unless she is patient and quiet. The episodes are less frequent and of a shorter duration and some days they don’t happen at all! Ahhh---Gracie is learning!
Counter Surfing 101! Dinner time—Four feet on the floor---means “treat” and dinner gets made faster! Standing up with feet on the cabinets--- means “ no treat”, dinner preparation ceases to continue, and arms are crossed in disapproval. The more she jumps, the longer it takes me to prepare her dinner. She sometimes resorts to “demand barking”, at which time, I leave the room. When there is silence, I return. The longer she throws a tantrum, the longer it takes to eat! This morning was the first time she actually sat nicely the entire time ---Yeah!!!! ---She is a little stubborn but “getting it”!
Potty training --- When Gracie is in the crate, she still needs to be taken out consistently, or immediately when she wakes up---She still does not understand that she needs to only “tinkle” outside and not in her crate. Gracie is actually doing great with potty training outside of the crate! If I ask her if she has to “pee-pee”, and she does, she runs to the kitchen door. Playtime distractions heed accidents so I have to make sure to interrupt play and take her out at least every hour. If she, or I, forgets or waits to long during play, instead of running to the door, she will sometimes run to a throw rug or back in the crate to “tinkle”--- at least it is better there, than the wall to wall carpet!
Now for the cute stuff! She plays so good with my pups, learning quickly how to act with them! She loves her bones and toys and is the typical “run, run, run” pup! She is so adorable--- button eyes, expressive faces and head tilts. Beautiful light fawn ---such soft fur! She is just so darn cute and so smart! Just have to make her training part of a routine with positive reinforcement and straight forward leadership --- the results will be what anyone would want in a pup. She has already had that basic “flight” training! She is already on her way---Gracie is earning her Wings!