Jul 31, 2009

One of those days...

Thursday was a busy day for us. 

With the help of our vet at Family Pet Care, we found a trainer for Addie and her first lesson was yesterday at 6 p.m. 

No, this isn't Addie. I was too focus on the lesson to mess with the camera. Our trainer is Matt Marcum. He has 12 years of experience in training everything from agility,  to police dogs, to hunting dogs, etc. Addie did great in her first lesson with him. 

If you are a follower of our blog, you are probably wondering why we have moved to a personal trainer for our dog. Addie has been in some form of training class the majority of her young life. From puppy class to beginner obedience then to an additional beginner obedience at a difference training center. All focused on using the pinch collar yet the second that pinch collar comes she immediately stops listening to us. So we called in the big guns. No more pinch collar. Mr. Marcum's approach is much different than any other trainer that I have experienced before. He looks at the dogs behavior instead of dishing out the choking. We could not be happier with our first lesson. If you like to read, he recommends A Dog's Mind by Bruce Fogle. He stated that even though it is an older book, he has not found a better book than this about understanding your dogs behavior. I have ordered it. A book that I am already reading recommended by the trainer at Family Pet Care is The Other End of the Leash. This is a really good book and I would recommend giving it a look.

Then it was off to puppy class with Hailey. This is a time for Hailey to socialize with pups and humans. We were a little late due to Addie's class. When we had arrived poor little Selby had been rough handled by one of the Golden Retriever puppies. So much so that the second that Sandi would place Selby on the floor the Golden would attack all of the 2 little pounds of her. So much so that the trainer had to break up the fight leaving poor Selby screaming for her little life!

Round One
We arrived in time for the training portion of the class. Hailey indicated that she needed to go outside so off we went. She did her business and we trotted back into class. I picked her up at one point and then... sniff, sniff, sniff... thought to myself what is that smell? I looked down and there was poop all over my arm!

What I didn't notice was that someone how Hailey managed to poop on herself a little bit. Then when I picked her up I got it all over me! I immediately went to the sink to wash up as best I could. If we were at home this task would have been much easier.  

The smell still lingering with us... this was going to be a looong class!
Being the stinky state that Hailey was in, no pictures were taken during this class.  

Round Two
As soon as we arrived home, all of my clothes went in the washer, Hailey got a bath, and I got a shower. It was great to finally have the stinky stench off of me! I grabbed a drink and a snack and laid down on the love seat pictured below. As you can see Lucie loves this little couch. The second that I laid down I noticed something wet all over the couch. Being a little gun shy at this point I jumped up and looked at the couch. Lucie had thrown up all over the couch, had re-eaten what she had thrown up but couldn't quite get it all from the cracks of the couch. GROSS!! 

Instantly disgusted, I freaked out just a little knowing what I had on me then was off to get the cleaning products needed for this mess. Given the size of Lucie, when she throws up it's like a small child throwing up. I didn't realize she could fit so much food in her stomach! Once I had the mess cleaned up I headed to take another shower.

Round Three
On my way to the shower I notice a smell. An all too familiar smell that I found on a Hailey at puppy class tonight. Yes, you guessed it. She pooped in the hall leading to our upstairs shower. 

For me this was one of those zen moments where I was not sure what I was going to do.
  1. Run screaming from the house never to return
  2. Spontaneously combust from the overload of this evenings events

I grudgingly excepted my fate and got back to cleaning. 

Lessons learned from this evening: Never pick up or sit on anything without reviewing that item and verifying that it is clean!

20 Treats:

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

It sure was a busy day for your pawrents, girls!
Big applaud for Hailey for pooping in the house, you're one of us now, hehe!
I'm so sorry that I have not been around much to reading all your interesting posts. But I do now, boy, gosh I sure miss a lot of nice things in your blog, will you forgive me!

Welcome said...

Oh my, what a day! Sounds like you had your hands full... I would love to hear how the new method of training goes for you! Hope your pups feel better soon. You too!

Elizabeth & Luna

NESSA the hovawart said...

Wooow, girls, what are you doing to your mommy? Did you started to misbehave since I was away? Hope not, hehe.
Are you training for agility, Addie? I'm thinking about that, too ;-)

Kisses and hugs,Nessa

Ludo van Doggy said...

arg, oh no! Ah well, you has to laugh at our bodily functions doesn't you.
Glad you found a better trainer for Addie, we a big believer here in only positive training.
~lickies, Ludo

Princess Eva and Brice said...

Brice gets reactionary with the pinch collar on so we pulled him out of the training center that we were using - still looking for the right one.

We have and like a lot of Patricia McConnell's books. We also just ordered Control Unleashed.

Sorry about your bad day - not sure what is worse - horka or poo.

Princess Eva

Lean said...

HIHI sorry this is not funny i know.But look how sweet they are when they are sleeping.
bye bye,Lean

Erin and the Furry Troops said...

Wow did we trade lives for a moment? Glad to know i"m not the only one this stuff happens too!

Good luck on your new classes!

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

But I thought Goldens were all angels?

SERIOUSLY, what a khrappy latter part of the day...

I hope Friday is much much better!


Rachel said...

SHEESH! Some days are just uh...."messy"...what can you say? A day in the life of owning three dogs....

Good luck with the training! We are starting Clementine on agility classes in September. I am so excited!

Maggie and Mitch said...

Your poor mom! We sure hope these kinds of days are few and far between!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Hoover said...

Ooooh! Interesting day at your house!

You must appreciate the "barf and eat it again" reflex. It makes clean up easier for the human. Dontcha think?

Hoover BPD

Sam said...

Hi there, just passing through! I'd love to hear more about your lessons with Addie and the trainer. I love reading people's training stories.

Sorry about the pup's poop - always happens at the worst times, doesn't it!

Sam and MargeDog

Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi Addie & Lucy!
it is so nice to meet you!
Thank you so much for the birthday wishes! you made our day!

we love you blog!

:) melissa and emmitt

Three Dogs Long said...

Pinch and choke collars are old school training methods, here! Much more focus is put into positive reinforcement, which we are glad to see!

((hugs)) your friends
Oskar, Schatzi & Xena

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Oh what a smelly day you had. We hope all is well today..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

April said...

You are a good mom finding a trainer who does not use mean collars! Sometimes it helps, when I don't feel good, to be on my mom's lap (or arm or sofa or shoe or bed) Only my mom gets upset with me when I throw up on her or her things. I don't see why she complains--I'm the one who wasn't feeling good!

April said...

Um, Woof! I forgot to post it was from me not my mom. Guess I'm still not completely better from my visit to the vet.


Ally, Teddy and Kira said...

My goodness, you had quite the day!

The Other End of the Leash author has a blog. theotherendoftheleash.com is also very informative!

A book I absolutely love when it comes to positive reinforcement training is Don't Shoot the Dog! It too is an older book but still amazing!

BJ Roan said...

Ugh! What a day. If it makes you feel any better..probably not..I had to clean up a huge pool of Willie Puke in the middle of the bedroom floor before I could go to bed last night. At least it was contained and not all over the couch. Hopefully things will get back to normal soon.

Woodrow, Sweetie, MJ Campanella said...

sounds like you found a great trainer - mommy doesnt like the pinch collar

Woodrow, Sweetie & MJ

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