Posts Tagged ‘treats’


No video, but I’ll try and get some this week.  On Saturday, Dave sat with Ava and she descended, step by step each of the 14 stairs it takes to get from upstairs to downstairs.  He showed her down, sideways to stop yourself on each riser, and then do it again each time praising her: Good girl Ava!

Today, I was going to sit with her on each step as she descended.  I didn’t need to.  As soon as she took up her courage she went and didn’t stop.  Praises everywhere! Good girl Ava.

Day 2

Here are some updates on Gracie and Ava.  They sort of speak for themselves.

Mmmm, rawhide.  Every night at 7 p.m., just about when we’re eating dinner, Gracie gets a dingo rawhide.  I think eating them has helped keep her teeth healthy.  Would Ava like one?  Would Gracie let Ava eat her Dingo?  One of Ava’s issues is that her first family would take food out of her mouth as she was eating.   At first Gracie wanted the Dingo Ava was getting (Ava actually didn’t get the Dingo at this point, I didn’t give it to her until Gracie was enjoying her Dingo.)

Once Ava got her Dingo, her back was to Gracie and she gave great attention to that bone.  She isn’t as quick as Gracie, but she did a good job on it.    Gracie girl is enjoying a big girl rawhide in this movie.

These pictures sort of explain how most of our day went.  Peaceful truce.

New Friends

We had our home visit with the good people at New Beginnings Shih Tzu Rescue.  Asia came as did little Lafayette.  Lafayette is a 9 month old toy poodle who is painfully shy/nervous.  Gracie really tried to play with him — really tried — but it didn’t work.

Asia — who will be named Ava if I have anything to say about it — and Gracie had a tentative start.  I got the treats out and Ava was hoping for some. To the point that Gracie got a little snarky with our houseguest.  I didn’t think that was very polite and Gracie girl had to give up her treat until our guest had one.  By the end of the visit the two girls took turns getting yummies.

What are we going to do?  I don’t know. If I could read my doggie’s mind it would be a lot easier.  In my heart I think that Gracie is lonely and would enjoy being a sister.  I just don’t know what dog is the right dog.  Is it Asia/Ava?  I say her name and Gracie seems to look around.

So here is a montage of the two girls, Asia/Ava and Gracie girl.  They seem content, huh?

Waiting is the Hardest Part

One of Gracie’s greatest tricks is her ability to “leave it.” We’ll put a premium treat at her feet and tell her to leave it. At her best she’s had to wait 60 seconds. I love how you can see her little nose wiggle.  And, look how she waits for a command and doesn’t focus on the reward. Good girl.

Some Hints
I think it takes a while for the videos to load... they're HD format and are pretty big files. If you click on the arrow and then immediately click the pause button. This allows the video to load. Once there is more grey line than black line, you should be able to press the play button. Enjoy.