Yesterday I requested that my taste-tester pick up some chocolate for
me us on his way home from work. This is what he brought home…
Now there’s a man who knows how to party! 😀
I’ve been teaching him how to read labels and what I look for to maintain our vegan lifestyle. I’ve told him about the crazy sh!t manufacturers put into food like crushed beetles (cochineal, carmine, or carminic acid) so he gets a little anxious when I ask him to get stuff for me. I think he did really well. As far as I can tell, all vegan.
He really doesn’t like to shop, so I am so pleased and grateful that he goes to the store for me on occasion. I was blown away at just how much chocolate he got me, is it obvious I
need like chocolate? I don’t like to shop either… well, for food I find it comforting and inspiring, but for other stuff like clothes, not so much. I think it’s because I’m always in-between sizes and it just gets frustrating and depressing. Do you like to shop?
I had my second puppy training session yesterday… it went, well… ok. I told the trainer that Little-bit will start barking after 4 1/2 minutes when he is aware that I’ve left, but if he’s asleep, I’ve been able to leave for a whopping 9 minutes. When he’s asleep, he doesn’t even know I’ve left actually. So the trainer thought we’d be able to leave Little-bit in the training area for about 5 minutes… but Little-bit had other plans. Within seconds of us attaching him to the tie-down and me just looking away and standing about 3 feet from him, he started up his little booping. When I left the area completely, he really started to pitch a fit. Uh, heh. 😳 It’s a strange sensation, your dog is being a giant brat and yet that’s why you’re getting training to begin with… so it’s embarrassment combined with “see, I’m not crazy”. Actually to be fair, Little-bit is not a brat, he is truly scared… when I returned to his sight, once he had calmed down enough to not encourage the behavior, he was doing his little unsure wag and was literally shaking. Poor baby. 😦 I just wanted to scoop him up. But it is not good for him to get so upset.
After a quick trip to Petsmart to get some more training goodies, Little-bit looked like this… he wore himself out those 5 minutes or so freaking out…
I’ve got a serious amount of work to do this week (besides getting those boxes unpacked)… the goals set before me for my next appointment are:
- Leave the house for 10-15 minutes, waiting for him to not be barking before I can return (that’ll be tricky… I have to wait for that split second that he takes a breath)
- Keep him on the tie-down for 20-30 minutes (with something soothing to chew on) while I’m home but not in the room (this one will also take some time to accomplish… but doable, I think)
- Give him more tracking games where the food trail is a foot apart leading to a kong filled with food… he’ll love this one. 😉
May not sound like much, but if I can accomplish these goals, I think we will be well on our way to the road of
sanity freedom a happy and healthy puppy. 🙂
Until next time…