August 18, 2014

Desperation + Crazy Idea = Problem Solved!

As you may or may not know, poor Cooper cut his leg open on some mysterious object in our backyard a few weeks ago. We took him into the vet for stitches and he somehow ripped a few of them out a few days later. The vet said we could either get the wound re-stitched or we could do a daily soak in a special solution and keep him from messing with it and let it heal on its own. We opted for soaking the leg, which worked to keep it clean, but no matter what we tried he was still able to lick the wound. I even had him in a plastic cone AND the inflatable collar at one point and watched him very carefully perform some kind of insane yoga move to get his leg up and around in front of his face for licking.

How??? How could he still reach his leg???
I was about to give up, but then an idea came to me.

CGC Test!

I am proud to announce that on Saturday Riley passed her CGC test! Her new AKC name will now be Living the Life of Riley, CGC. I always wanted to try passing the test, but didn't think Riley could remain calm enough. When our trainer at Zoom Room said she was ready, I had my doubts. Riley breezed through the test without any issues! I put her in a down-wait for the last test item, which is staying with a stranger for 3 minutes while I was out of sight. She stayed laying down the entire 3 minutes & didn't break until I walked back up to her and released her! I'm so excited for our next steps in training. We'll be taking some therapy dog classes as well as doing some extra training for a special project. I'll make sure to update as she progresses! 

If you are interested in learning more about the CGC test, all the items are listed below (taken directly from the AKC website).

August 2, 2014

Farmer's Market

We took our weekly trip to the Farmer's Market this morning & Riley had so much fun visiting with everyone. She practiced sitting while being pet & it was a challenge! I'm looking forward to our obedience class today at Zoom Room.

Next trick: carry mom's grocery bags. She does make a good bag holder!

If enough people are interested, I'll do at tutorial on training your dog to sit still while they have something on their nose. It's a fun trick! :)

July 31, 2014


Guess who ate an entire bucket of liver treats this morning? That face says it all...