Friday, May 9, 2008

Howdy Friends...

Today was a nice day...a pretty day outside too.

Had a few errands to run this afternoon..just to the post office and to the bank...

then afterwards I took daughter to the feed and seed supply store...
as the baby bantam chicks we got several weeks ago were definitely starting to look and act like roosters.
So the feed store owner allowed my daughter to swap them out for 2 hen chicks that they just gotten in today that were sexed..the males were marked with green dots on the head and females were unmarked..

They had a batch of Aracaunas in today..so daughter got 2 aracaunas to replace the bantams ..and this time they are hens.

Yay!
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Got "Mr. Collin" a new collar while I was there..he has started to outgrow the small puppy collar I bought him when I first got him.

So now he has a "big dog" collar..ha.
Suits him cause he thinks he's big stuff..ha.

He has been doing well with his training..he has the "sit" command down pat.

I just need to find a way to keep him from jumping up on me..any hints in this department would be greatly appreciated. I am trying to work with him on the "come" command..he seems to want to do it, but when he gets to me he wants to leap up..as in a "here I am catch me" type thing. So this aspect is a bit challenging. He doesn't seem to want to do a "stay" command yet though.

He does have a bit of the "lay" command down too..as that is pretty easy right along with the "sit" command.

He does well on the leash.. as soon as I got him I started him on a leash..the only thing is he doesn't know the "heel" command..he tends to want to pull ahead on walks.

So..at 4 1/2 months he still needs more training.
He's very smart though and definitely shows a willingness to please.
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We are nearing the end of the school year...and as such my 2 home schooled children have their year end evaluations/portfolio reviews coming up..in fact next week..so I have been getting together all of tht material this week.

It's really not that difficult. Just time consuming. As the portfolios showcase examples of the students work from every month of the school year.

I do admit I'm just as bad as the kids when it is time for school to be out... I'm more than ready.

We certainly look forward to the break just as much as public school educated children....and hey..teachers/moms need a break too. :0)
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So..what have you all been up to?
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I always love hearing from you all.
Thanks for stopping by!
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~The Garden Goose~

p.s. I'm probably going to be hostessing a drawing soon..I'm starting to feel in the mood for a give away again..so stay tuned:0)

5 comments:

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Tina,

I always enjoy reading about all the country things you're doing. This is such a pretty time of the year. Sounds like your puppy is doing well though. The only thing you can do for the jumping up thing is to push him down and frimly say "No!" He'll get the point eventually.

Hope you have a Happy Mother's Day! Enjoy the love of your kiddo's and if your Mom is still around, hope you get to spend some time with her.

Blessings,

Renie

Needled Mom said...

Just catching up here....

So glad that you got the flood issues under control. I think I would have sobbed too. All that cleanup....YIKES!

I'm sure your summer days will be as busy as the school days but it will be nice to have the break.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Happy Mother's Day!

The Mennobrarian said...

Hi Tina, we got out puppy when he was 3-4 months old and as far as we could tell, he had no prior training at all. While he is good with "stay" and improving with "come," he just has not picked up on the no jumping thing yet. We just keep using positive reinforcement as we have had much success with it in other areas with him. I think it just takes time, both for the reinforcement of lessons and for the dog to mature.
Blessings,
Monica

Rose Petals & Blooms said...

Sweet Greetings Tina!

Wow it's been forever since I've visited with you! I'm knee deep in my web shop, trying to keep inventory updated, creating, and everyday living. It's flying by right before my eyes! lol..

I love your puppy! What an adorable little guy! I'm planning a newcomer into my family too this summer. A little maltese teacup puppy, with a face like an angel. I've already named her Bella Mia, and can't wait to welcome her! I have another best friend, his name is Sage. He was my "jobsite" puppy, I rescued over 9 yrs. ago. He was underweight, abused, and simply looking for love. I'm so fortunate to have him in my life. He's matured from an insecure, timid puppy, into a strong, loving, trusting friend. I know he'll warm towards the newest puppy, that's his nature.

I'm so happy you stopped by my blog and commented, it was so refreshing to see you!

In friendship,
Michelle