Guess Who’s Here!
If you didn't know, I lost my 6 year old Golden Retriever, Bauer, to bloat a little over a month ago... and I'm just not the kind of guy who can go too long without a dog in the house.
Well trained dogs are like perfect versions of the king of people we should all aspire to be, with no better examples of loyalty, friendship or forgiveness on the planet.
When I was writing about the loss of Bauer, one of the comments that another person left was "We should all aspire to become the person our dogs think we are".
I couldn't agree more!
But with death, their is also life, and Ginger is the little life that we've added to our home and I thought you might enjoy some pictures of her, so here you go:
NOTE: One thing I'd like to share with you about this picture is something I talk about a LOT in my Hands Off Dog Training course, and our Puppy Programming course... that you may notice in the picture above.
It's pretty dark so it's hard to see, but behind my children there is a sunken living room that has a 15 foot space between walls.
If you're a client of one of the two programs I've mentioned above, you'll remember my concept of making your dog earn what I call 'Room Rights'.
Room rights are where you lock your dog into one room only, blocking all access to other areas of your home, until your dog has proven that it can hold its bladder in that room.
I won't go into all the ins and outs of the strategy here, as it's one that I share with clients, but what I can tell you is that we had a HARD time finding a gate that would block access to that sunken room behind my children. And if you'll notice, if we take both of that rooms couches, and the kids 'Train Table' it perfectly blocks off access to that room. (Hey we all have to improvise if we want piss free carpet ;-)
I share this with you, one, to give you an example that I really do believe in this strategy, and two, to let you know that I was able to find a gate that could work to fill this space in my home that might work for you. But I haven't tested it out yet. It should be here today, so I'll let you know how it works. Because if you have large access ways to rooms in your home, and you have a new puppy you MUST block the space if you want to potty train in the fastest amount of time possible.
That's all for now!
Looking through these I realized that I hadn't got any cute pictures with my other daughter (just in case you thought I was leaving her out). I'll have to dig some up to use them in the many posts soon to come on puppy raising tips.
Nothing like re-doing the puppy thing to remind me of tips that I have yet to share with you about raising puppies. So look for those in the days and weeks to come.
That's all for now, hope you enjoyed the pics!