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Thursday, March 25, 2010
So Jake doesn’t like it when we eat. In fact if we do not time his eating with our eating perfectly, we will have the music of Jake’s barking throughout the entire meal. We have tried several things including completely ignoring him, but he still barks. Jake even has three or four different barks. Some are playful and some mean business. Some sound like he is a puppy and some sound like he is a huge dog. He usually uses the puppy one for when we are eating and the huge dog one for the bathtub. Yes Jake barks at the bathtub. This interesting occurrence is still a mystery to us. Is there something on the bathtub that he can’t reach so he just barks at it? Or does he just not like the idea of the bathtub because it is somewhere we go every day where he can see us but not reach us? Those theories are nice but I prefer to think that he barks at the bathtub because he thinks it is a huge water bowl that won’t fill up high enough for him to get a drink.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
So in the beginning wherever we went, people would swoon over Jake saying how cute he is and asking what breed he is. Each person took about 2 minutes of my time, give or take. What I want to know is when that will stop! At first I must say it was fun. I loved telling the whole story of Jake and letting him get a little socialization, but now I just want to get places. Jake has caused me to meet some interesting people… Petco worker who uncomfortably knows where I live because he watches me walk my dog and informed me of this, a very negative woman who we met on a walk who I think has had every terrible thing in this world happen to her and she shared it within the first 5 minutes of me meeting her, and lastly a guy on the trail who asked me to come over to his house because he has a Siberian husky and his roommate has a German shepherd and that would be so cool. Right umm I don’t go home with strangers. Gosh… why did my parents have to teach me that! I have tried everything to get people to stop talking to me when I take Jake on walks such as walking fast and making no eye contact, plugging in my ipod, and carrying a mean look on my face. Nothing works, people will interrupt me and make me stop to talk to them. Of course Jake doesn’t help, as soon as he sees someone coming, he loosens his face, wags his butt (that’s right, not just his tail but his whole butt), and sticks his ears back to make him look as adorable as can be. I counted how many times I had to stop for people on my walk today… Fifteen times! So if I average about 2 minutes for each person or set of people I stop for, that is 30 minutes out of our hour and a half walk just on socializing. Sometimes they don’t even pet him, they just want to talk. Oh and did I forget to mention that Jake struggles on walks, I have to drag him half the time. Luckily we are starting training next week so hopefully she will have some guidance on this. So my advice for anyone who is looking into getting a puppy…don’t get one that is too cute J
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I know that I have been a terrible blogger and I am very sorry about this. Sometimes in order to be on top of other things, I let the blog slide. I also wish that I had the breed test about Jake back, but unfortunately I do not.
The weekend before last, Mike and I took Jake to go camping. Mike and I like to think of this trip as our last outing together before he started his new job that had him up at 1am every morning. And when Mike gets up, Jake gets up. I’ll let you assume what you like about how my sleep schedule has been.
Jake really enjoyed camping. Of course the coolness outside was wonderful for Jake, he slept like a baby until we were all woken up at 6:30am by the camp’s next to us car alarm going off. Jake got lots of attention from the two boy scout troops staying at the camp ground with us. They took turns practicing sit with Jake. I am not sure that it really helped his understanding of the word, but it was so cute, I couldn’t bear to tell them to stop. Jake spent most of the time camping being terrified of the tent, we would have to pick him up and bring him into the tent and hold on to him inside to get him to realize it was our temporary home. With his fear of the tent, he spent the majority of the time outside the tend and found his new love for digging… Now whenever we are outside, Jake is digging. This is one habit that we are hoping he grows out of. The lady on the show “Its me or the dog” says that digging is due to a lack of exercise but we take him for an hour to hour and a half walk/ jog every day. Camping was definitely fun and Jake made it a little more interesting for us. I think we will do this again and maybe next time we will go fishing too!
I am pleased to announce that Jake has learned sit, lay down, and paw (shaking our hand). Mike and I have finally gotten the hang of teaching Jake new tricks and we are currently working on roll over. He has gotten it a few times but needs a lot of support and convincing to do it. Hopefully within a week or two we will have this down. We are also struggling quite a bit with the biting thing. I am not sure why but he thinks our hands are chew toys OUCH!