It’s finally Friday! What a long, but enjoyable week, we’ve had! We had a very enjoyable time with Andrew’s grandparents and Gwen certainly did too! She figured out who would save her (Gma) and who would join in the teasing (Gpa). Gwen realized that if she sat under Gma chair then no one would bother her.
Gwen got a couple bully sticks in her stocking. These are totally new to her and of course she loved them! When I tried to take it away from her she gave me the cold shoulder and snarled at me! (Similar reaction with rawhides.) Antlers she is fine with you taking them but not these
disgusting tasty things! (Side note: do you know what bully sticks are made out of?!) But try and take a rawhide or a bullystick and you best have a squirt bottle in your hand! I have found that is the most effective way of dealing with it. She nipped my finger once and got in trouble for that. Though, the water squirt in the face seems to piss her off even more… Either way we are now working on “drop it” with these super-duper-high-value chewy things!
Puppy was SUPER well behaved (minus said snarling incident) and I was so proud of her! She showed off all her tricks and even made friends! B&B (A’s grandparents) even said that they were very impressed at how well Gwen behaved! They compared her to other dogs in the family and only had glowing remarks for Gwen. 😀 They loved how she goes in her crate nicely and is not a whiney pest. They also liked the idea of the crate and how it keeps the dog contained when not around so that she can’t destroy things — we also had success with Dayzee, our lab, and I wouldn’t do it any other way! When we would eat she would go in her crate, when we opened human presents and stockings she went in her crate, and when we would leave she would go in her crate. Of course she’d get a cookie each time so she didn’t think it was a bad deal. Gwen even put herself in her crate a couple times during the day when she would get tired. She’d just walk in and go to sleep and come back out when she was ready (door remained open).
After all that excitement Gwen will get plenty of time to rest. Yesterday, I flew out west to go home for my Grandpa’s funeral so Gwen got to stay the afternoon in her box. Our friend Alicia is going to take care of her today. Gwen loves her. Yesterday she came over and Gwen was all waggles and kisses! I felt bad leaving Gwen but I know that Andrew will keep her well entertained this weekend!
I am going to need to find a new toy box for Gwen! She got so many toys this year! What with being the new grand-dog and all…plus I felt the need to spoil my puppy! 🙂 Gwen received a plethora of new balls, an Angry Birds Frisbee, the toys from her Secret Santa (frisbee and balls), a new Kong from my parents, her own pair of socks from my parents, some cuddleys from B&B, a pully toy and a bandana from Andrew’s parents, a couple antlers and bully sticks from us, two new blingy collars from Santa (Santa found them on clearance at $3 each, can you imagine?!), a Kong Wubba, a Kong Squeezz stick, and a box of Christmas doggie cookies! Gwen isn’t spoiled at all, can you tell?! At least with all of these things to
destroy play with she won’t be destroying the house!