Sunday, July 22, 2012

Training, Day 6

This morning during class Jeremy set up an obstacle course of temptation and distraction for the dogs. We had to walk the dogs toys, a ball, a jar of peanut butter and a pile of Beggin' Strips. At some points there were even two dogs at a time walking through. Rob and Mindy did well and she responded to his corrections. It's so impressive to watch all the dogs do this! As the finished the course Rob had Mindy sit in front of the Beggin' Strips and she did it perfectly.

In the afternoon we went back to the mall and she did really well and this time she didn't relieve herself in the middle of the mall -- progress for all of us! Rob and I are starting to know her schedule and recognize her ways of telling us what she needs.

We also got to meet Jeremy's wife today. They fostered Mindy so it was great to talk to her and hear her talk about what a wonderful girl Mindy is. She liked seeing Mindy and Mindy was so happy to see Jennifer.

After class we all got together for a cookout hosted by a family in our class who lives a half hour away. They have a lot of land and the dogs all loved running and playing. Mindy is super fast and likes to get the other dogs to chase her as she runs off with a ball. They had a baby pool set up and a few of the dogs wasted no time before jumping in! The dogs had a serious party! Mindy wasn't too interested in getting wet and our new car thanks her for that! As soon as we got in the car she started drifting off to sleep.

Mindy really doesn't want to go in after the ball...

 Good thing she has a friend who'll go in after it!

Happy dogs!

Mindy loves running!

...and she also loves taking the lead!


  1. Wow, it sounds like things are going well. I'm glad Mindy made it through the mall and that you guys are getting to know each other, becoming more in sync. Thanks for the update, and may things continue to go well.

  2. Mindy: Okay, Dad, I've been really good, NOW can I have one of those treats? I've been really, really good! PLEASE?

    The doggie picnic pictures are marvelous. She radiates joy, doesn't she? Dinky's going to be so happy to have someone to run and play with every day!