And by treats, I mean dog treats. I have been picking up the training with the dogs again and only had a few bags of treats left so I went to Amazon and ordered some more training treats. I love the Prime shipping with Amazon, our stuff comes so quickly! Yesterday I received a bunch of treats and dogs were very excited about it.
I actually received two smaller boxes after this with a couple more treat bags. And then Best Bully Sticks is having a semiannual sale where everything on the site is 18% off, so of course I had to take advantage of that sale and purchased more treats. The difference is, the Amazon stuff are for training and are smaller pieces, and the BBS items are larger and for longer chewing sessions. Either way it was somewhat of a pretty penny spent, but I think it’s worth it. And I make sure to buy things when they are on sale, so at least it’s less than it could have been. *Justification* Ezra helped me move the bags into the book bedroom and he thought that was pretty cool. I kept sending him back to the kitchen to get more bags and he would come back and say, “I got five bags!” and then, “I got six bags!” and the last time, laughing crazily, “I got seven bags!” It’s the little things, folks.
I’ve been working with the dogs on targeting, which right now I’m just having them target my hand. We are also working on sit, down, wait, and loose leash walking. The walking part Benny has while inside the house, in the backyard he is mediocre and in the front outside the house goes ballistic. I keep telling myself baby steps, Ashlin, baby steps. Eventually I WILL be able to take them on walks. I think I need to practice more while inside the house and backyard, and then up the treat game while in the front, use more exciting treats, because right now they do not give a crap about the treats when we are in the front yard.
I started something new with Benny while training “wait”. He does the wait fairly well, so I start placing a treat on the floor where he can see it, and then I leave a spaced out trail of treats where he cannot see it (because he is still waiting) and then I tell him to “find it!” He gets the first one easily since he can see it, and then he has to use his sight and nose to find the rest of the trail. He seemed to like the game pretty well.
Luca, on the other hand, does not wait very well at all. Basically if he’s sitting and you take a step back he gets up to follow. I tried the find it game with him as well but he not only didn’t want to wait, he had a harder time finding the treats on the floor. In fact, Ezra helped him twice by pointing to where the treats were. Ezra does pretty well at the find it game:)
Leo had a good run of sleeping straight through the night, and then the past few nights he’s been getting up again. Wednesday night he was UP THREE TIMES. Last night it was just around 3am and then he didn’t get up again until 9:30am! I was so jealous when Jesse told me that. I was really dragging this morning and would have LOVED to stay in bed when my alarm went off.
I’ve been piling up baby clothes that Leo cannot fit in to bring to the DI, and I asked Jesse if he wanted to get rid of anything. He went through his clothes and created a large pile of stuff, and then I started going through my own clothes. A lot of my shirts don’t fit me anymore (some still had tags on them) and it occurred to me that they were rarely worn and still looked mostly new. I asked Velvet if she wanted to go through them before I donated them and she did. She ended up keeping all of them but maybe three, so I’m glad someone I know is getting use out of them. In the end we ended up donating maybe five garbage bags of clothes to the DI.
However, it occurs to me that we should do a major declutter around the house and get rid of more things. I have an entire bookshelf filled with books that I’ve been trying to sell and really I should probably just donate them because apparently you can buy books at $0.01 in a lot of places, and I’d rather donate my books at a good price so I can write it off on taxes later. I also think a lot of people are like me and now get books in electronic format and simply are not buying physical books. There is something to be said for the tangibility of books, but I really like how ebooks take up no space whatsoever. And then I could use that bookcase for storing other items. Like my many bags of dog treats.
Jesse is getting excited for elk hunting, I think. He’s bought a few game bags and new knives, and other hunting gear. Fingers crossed he gets something! Also fingers crossed that Dustin and his son get elk because they don’t like the meat, they just like the sport, and then we get the meat! Jesse has it all planned out how he’s going to process the buck, what pieces to keep, organs for the dogs, and then we’re also going to retain some bones for the dogs, too, like ribs and stuff. This will be a really healthy way to supplement their diet, where they typically just get chicken.
Mister still hasn’t come home, I don’t think he ever will. But Jojo is still around. She mainly only comes in when the dogs are kenneled, but she’s been braver lately, creeping in when no one hears her. We installed a new dog door that she was timid to use but I think she’s got it down now. The last was so ratty it was barely hanging on to the frame. This one actually has three doors/pieces to keep out the weather and it seems so much more energy efficient.
I’m not sure if our peach trees are going to survive. They were both split down the middle but they might pull through. On the other hand, I don’t like how close they are to the back fence. We have grapes on the back fence and I have to duck under tree limbs and the grapes are being eaten by wasps and yellow jackets and I do not like being forced into such close proximity. So maybe we will just dig up those trees and not have peach trees in the yard. Jesse doesn’t like peaches anyway….
I was also thinking of maybe hiring someone to clear out/strip all the weeds/vegetation from the yard so we can start fresh. I was thinking we could get someone into there with a small cat tractor and it could have some kind of a rake attachment that just pulls out everything, but Jesse said it doesn’t work like that. I also want to change our plans for the layout of the garden area vs the strip of grass/turf area. It’s all in flux, and really it depends on what kind of money we can scrape together. *sigh* A girl can dream about a nice backyard, right?