For as much as bypass surgery seems like something from a sci-fi novel, the recovery process seems much less advanced. I hope my dad will get to go home soon, but definitely not something that is an easy process on any level. Hopefully in a couple months he'll be feeling the benefits - but certainly not now.
Today ended up being a lovely day, 50 degrees and dry for the most part. With our lake about the half the size of the field, a great day for much dog romping and swimming. Even Fenwick was swimming - and getting the toy! I do feel bad seeing how much better everyone feels back on the joint meds. The meds had been downstairs in the flood and got packed away in the cleanup and I finally dug them back out recently. I don't notice any difference with the young dogs, but really a huge difference with the old dogs. Still haven't quite got our routine back, been an adjustment. I didn't necessarily use the downstairs for a ton of things, but it was where I trained the dogs, fed the dogs, pottied the dogs (well, the door to outside), cleaned up muddy dogs, and the crates were down there to put them away when they were wet and muddy. I also could put them downstairs with the dog door open if I was going to be gone for longer than normal. I used to be up and down those stairs 50 times a day, seems weird not to do that now.
I did bring up some of the big crates from downstairs, Navarre has outgrown the medium sized one that Bright likes to sleep in at night (her preference). So London and Navarre were battling it out for the big crate - and London and Bright LOVE their crates. I rarely ever PUT them in their crates, but they love sleeping in the them. London would get so annoyed when I put Navarre in his. So now I've got TWO giant crates in my room, as Navarre is big boy, he needs the big boy crate. Also upgraded Eva to a big crate in the living room, not that I think it makes any difference - she just sleeps in a little ball no matter what size, but it makes me feel better. She's been VERY leaky lately, after being fairly dry for quite a while, she had been able to be out a lot more and nap on the couch. But unfortunately she's back to extra leaky, and I feel bad she's in a crate so often, even if she wolud have just been napping anyway. Castle Eva is pretty swank, though I doubt she cares.
In other Eva news, she's continuning to be super happy to play with obedience. I don't work with her much, and pretty much everything she does I just say, "Wow, how amazing!" but she hasn't gotten weird about it yet, and it would be nice to keep it that way. Actually the funny part is that, at home, she's really heeling BEAUTIFULLY. At her lesson, she continues to act like she's absolutely certain I want her a foot in front of me. All the novice exercises, at home, are super easy for her. We had to brush up on heeling and fronts - and I guess her finishes could still use some work, but she really is fun to play with when she's not feeling emotional. I will say, after starting off with heeling at her lesson today, and not being able to get her to heel 'normally' at all, I tried again later with steak IN MY HAND and suddenly she was perfect. Hm. And the big news, I've been continuing to have her tethered while I work Haku and she's getting more and more relaxed. You can tell because she's getting annoying, she's trying to barge in, not trying to leave the room. At least, this week. I know it can change, but it's been really fun having something to do with her one-on-one again. Also entered her in a crapload of agility in a few weeks. Maybe not the best idea with no training, but hey.
Haku had a lot of good at his lesson today, but blanked on his down signal first off - doh! And I had been feeling so successful! Oh well, the rest went fairly well. Been proofing using a verbal finish signal and he's doing pretty good with that - as long as I only ask him to go to the right ;-) But it is solving a lot of issues I was having with finishes, so we're going to keep working with that. Now, if only I could find something to magically fix his chronically askew fronts (always with his butt towards my right!). Articles were perfect, directed jumping was pretty darn good (one early turn and sit). Gloves were great, moving stand is always good. I really am feeling good that he knows what the exercises are finally. Not saying we're going to do them perfectly every time, but definitely got the first step. Heeling needs work too (anticipating about turns again), sounds like a week for working signals.
Did I mention that Navarre was doing the full article exercise? I didn't ask him to, but he was SUPPOSED to be on a stay while I was working on Haku with his articles and Navarre ran out and grabbed it first and brought it to me. Well okay then, I will take that. It did add some incentive to Haku - two dogs, one article. Overall Navarre is just looking better all around at obedience, which is more coinciding with maturity then anything we've been doing. We did use the cooler at obedience today, and he was fine with it - but not SUPER EXCITED about it like Haku. But then, Haku is SUPER EXCITED about most things. Navarre still enjoyed it, and gave me some really happy, precise sustained heeling. He's still somewhat crabbing inward, permanantly ready to turn left, but not as bad as he was. And Navarre's flip finshes are super cute - he really is getting into the game more. His novice exercises are coming along, very proud of him.
In agility he is much slower at the arena then at home. I think it's a combination of a lot of things, including a lot more distraction. I also think he likes his frisbee, which is what we use to play at home - but rollers and agility equipment don't really go together, so I don't use it at the arena. He does like draggy toy or ball ... but about half as much as frisbee. The good news is that his tunnel commitment was great, but his jump commitment not nearly as nice. And, to be fair, I know I need to reward jumps/standards/wraps instead of rewarding straight ahead and tunnels all the time. Just need to be more thoughtful about what I'm rewarding.
Playing around with our online class homework when we can, finally got some video for our motivation class of recalls and play. I'm really liking the class so far, and I think it will be really helpful for us. Lesson two is tunnels ... Navarre likes tunnels. ;-) Running contacts are ....progressing. I think he has a glimmer of understanding, but we had to stop and take a detour because his rate of frisbee 'jackpots' was so high that he wasn't even bothering to look at the manners minder, so he was starting to run off the board and then flip around and look at me. My fault, I had been letting him have the toy without going and actually eating the treat in the MM as long as he was headed towards it. So we had to backtrack and work that piece, and he's still not thrilled with this development. Then we've also started a new game where we have cone wrap with speed onto the board - and, ZOMG SO WIDE AROUND THE CONE. So, yeah, definitely noticed a trend - Navarre can either go fast around the cone (SUPER WIDE) or he can walk around the cone and be tight. Hm. Anyway, having much more fun with this exercise now that it's a little more dynamic, but still haven't had the 'lightbulb' moment. Too much standing water to work any Justine skills, but looking forward to getting back to playing with those too.
Was a very nostalgic moment today, took Bright out to work a little on the table/dogwalk plank I had set up for Navarre. Somewhere along the way she has just got so INTO it. She LOVES the game, and that was not always the case. I remember baby Bright, and doing the flatwork and play and she was so ... unopinionated about it. Now she is just so much fun, and so HAPPY and so in the game (and SO PISSED when it's not her turn). They do grow up. And, yeah, it was a dumb exercise because Bright can do plank work in her sleep, stopped or running - it's not the behavior that throws her, it's the sequencing that needs work.
Just don't fuck with Fenwick. Just don't.
Eva knows how to make her toy very enticing
Doesn't matter how many toys Haku has - they'll never be as good as Eva's
Eva is always popular