Puppy Training

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

It’s a cold, cloudy day in Maryland and I’m hoping for a bit of snow this evening and tomorrow.  Since it’ll probably be the last snow of the season, I’d like to see a bunch!  So far this winter, we haven’t had more than about 3″ of snow, which is very sad.

For the past couple weeks, I’ve been working on training a psychiatric service dog for my daughter.  The pup’s name is Lila.  She’s a boxer mix…about 8 months old, 35 pounds, and came to us from the local Humane Society.  So far, she’s learned “sit” and “lie down.”  Lila walks fairly well on a leash and is house-trained, too.  She gets along fairly well with the other dogs, but the cats don’t like her one bit!  In fact, the kitties have been hiding in the basement ever since Lila came to live here.  They venture upstairs at night when she’s asleep in her cage.  Lila is very affectionate and adores my grandchildren (ages 22 months and 6 months), which is wonderful since she’ll be living with them very soon!

At this point, Lila still has a lot to learn:  not jumping on people (or the kitchen table), to stop wrestling with the other dogs when we say so, that the other dogs’ legs are not chew toys, cats are not for chasing, the kitchen table is off limits, pens are not chew toys, and so many, many other things!

Lila will be heading to a special boot camp program soon to help with her training.  Then, she’ll be ready to take on the duties of a service dog!

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