Notes from Week 30:

  • Housetraining
    • Week 16 (8/18) was last time we had an accident in the house
    • Until this week. . .
    • Back home for only a couple of hours, unpacking from our trip, all 3 of us in our master closet
    • Lifted his leg and peed on the carpet with us standing within two feet of him
    • Interrupted and got out as quickly as possible
    • Marking behavior possibly?
    • Have never seen this behavior on our trips away from home or at home until now
    • Hopefully a fluke but will keep a closer eye on him for now
  • Nail filing
    • we have not been as diligent about nail trimming
      • seeing more reluctance, and less cooperation
      • need to get back to doing this a few times per week
    • started teaching him to use a scratch board to file down some of his own nails
      • we have two – a board and a large pvc pipe, both with sandpaper duct-taped on
      • teaching him to scratch his front feet along it to file down nails on his front feet
      • still clipping rear feet
      • finding so far that the scratch board works great for the center two nails but not the two outside nails
      • need to see if we can adjust angle to get outside nails too
  • Continue training
    • continuing with everything we've been doing so far
      • Name, Sit, Down, Stand, Sleep, Touch, Watch Me, Wait, Stay, LLW, Heel, Front, Swing, Finish, Come, Lift, Bring It, Drop It, Leave It, Chin, Kennel Up, Night Night, Back Up
  • Continue group classes
    • continuing with Juvenile Delinquents Class
    • still takes him some time to settle into the class environment
    • still really wants to socialize with other dogs
    • once he gets settled in and working, he normally does well
  • Field trips
    • the first day of this week was the last day of our big road trip
    • drove from Santa Fe, New Mexico back home to Colorado
  • Play Dates
    • no scheduled play dates this week
    • boarding dogs, two Goldendoodles, both male between 8 months and 2 years old
      • lots of play time with one or both
      • inside and outside
      • all three boys are intact (not neutered) and getting along just fine!
      • one has played with Zooka many times before, one is new