Puppy walking

An adventure in looking after a puppy until it is old enough to be properly trained as a guide dog for the blind.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

It feels counterintuitive to just stand there, waiting for good behaviour. Especially when I WANT Rockwell to DO something and he's not doing the thing that I want. And especially if I am frustrated in what I want to do, such as get home after a walk. It has taken me a long time but I have learned from Rockwell that he is simply not going to do something just because I want him to. And he is not going to do it if I get upset either because any attention is good attention. So there I am standing out in the road, waiting for him to get up so I can praise him for being on his feet. And once he is on his feet, then I run to the house and he runs with me because running is fun. Whew.
lying down on the job
Really - you cannot MAKE him get up just because you WANT it. We recreated this series of pix but it is pretty much what happens most mornings.
the noodle
Flopping down in the shade like a sack of wet noodles. Impossible to move.
a stick to lure
I thought I might be able to lure him along with the stick he'd picked up.
almost there
He's up and running!
so near and yet so far
So near and yet so far.

2 Comments:

At 2:20 AM, July 14, 2006, Blogger 8675309 said...

Any one of these photos could be the front of a greeting card, Julia. Maybe you and Rockwell should start a business!

 
At 9:19 AM, July 15, 2006, Blogger JuliaR said...

As usual Jenny, Peter took these! If I had the gumption, I think I could start several internet businesses but then I'd have to monitor them all. Some people exclaim that my sewing must take such patience and they don't have it. I don't have the patience for what it would take to run an internet business (I don't think).

 

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