Happy Monday, everyone! Well, there’s been teaching going on all over our house. First of all, Terry has been reading Cesar Millan’s book, “Be The Pack Leader,” and has found some of his tips and ideas quite useful. We’ve already implemented a few of them and have found success with his methods. Most notably, the “claw-hand” technique where you make your hand into a claw-shape and put it on the back of the dog’s neck, and use it to correct behavior. You’re not pinching the dog or hurting him in any way – it’s supposed to replicate the sensation of when their Mother would bite on their neck in order to correct behavior. So far it’s been pretty darn useful with Napoleon. Rukia is always a different matter – full of willful vigor and defiant spirit.
On my front, I decided to teach myself how to crochet. I’ve always wanted to know how ot knit or crochet, but always thought it would be too hard to teach myself and didn’t know anyone who could teach me. Well, I researched this abit, and aparently, crocheting is easier to teach yourself an knitting, so I decided to start with that. Terry bought me a book called, “The Happy Hooker,” (he always laughs at the name) and I set about teaching myself to crochet. It went okay last night, except the crochet hook I was using was too small and the yarn was bumpy and chunky and frankly, I had a hard time SEEING the V’s and bumps and whatnot that I’m supposed to count and stick the end of the hook into. I’m off to Hobby Lobby at lunch today to buy a larger hook and some really simple (one color) yarn. I made the mistake of buying yarn that I wanted scarf out of, instead of something easy to practice with.
And the dogs are not left out on our current learning kick. We’re continuing with their training, mostly with Rukia as she needs a lot of help. Napoleon caught onto “sit” after one session, but Rukia seems bent on being defiant. Here is a cute photo session of Terry trying to teach Rukia how to sit. I swear she knows what to do, she just doesn’t feel like sitting except when she wants to. Willful creature! I will break you!
First picture. Terry showing her the treat (a fourth of a snausage) and asking her to sit with a calm voice.
Willful Rukia ignores Terry’s command, and tries to climb after the snausage.
Terry pushes her back; No Rukia! Don’t climb on Daddy. Pay attention.
Terry nicely shows her what she’s supposed to do. See Rukia? This is how you sit.
And then…SUCCESS! She sits on her own, after the command “sit”. Woot!
She gets the treat. Here’s a cute picture of Rukia chowing down on the snausage (see all the crumbs around her? Boy, is she a messy eater!) Yum-o!
Of course, Napoleon had to get in on the action!
Oh, and you can see our mesh “PugPen” that we bought to take keep them penned in, yet, still apart of the action. This way we can bring them into the living room, or kitchen, etc. so they’re apart of the family and yet still contained and not running amok. It’s all apart of our crate training campaign. Rukia is still too young to be trusted not penned in. She already pooped in that cute new PugPen. *sigh* Ahh…she is going to be our problem child, I can already tell. Oh well, we still love her. Poop and all.