So this pup is wicked smart. He’s making really quick progress. I feel like there are two times you don’t get either Rocket Dog or laying and resting: during training or when a cat hisses at him for being an irritant. Last night I was playing with Jake throwing his reindeer stuffy and he’d of course shake and try to kill it. Fetch was not impt, but recall was so he was allowed to keep his toy, but had to come when called. When I got in the shower, I explained the game to Wesley so he and Jake played until Jake literally ran over the old cat, Jack. Jack hissed and that was the end of the game. Jake calmed down FAST!! Tonight I was playing fetch with him and he completely quit playing once the cat came in the room.
Yesterday after helping Welda move some furniture, we drove down to three rivers where we stayed initially to see what’s changed in our perception. Wesley was having another tough day bc the day before we’d been told that our mentor was going to step up our perceiving game in Jan. Our mentor said we’re so much farther ahead than others. His goal is to teach us 1.5 years of mold avoidance skills in 6 months. That means just as Wesley was going to get started doing free lance work, another road block is putting it off again. This is really discouraging to him bc he feels like every time he has a chance to get started, something comes up. He’s struggling to see purpose in the now, and that makes it so much harder to find joy in the present. I’ve loved having less responsibility, but can get bored so training this pup is a great challenge!
Today Wesley ran to Alamogordo for some errands and I stayed back to get laundry done. Jake and I went for a walk around the ranch today. The hunting outfitter drove by and warned that he’ll be coyote bait. Jake was not being rocket dog in the moment so he didn’t even recognize him as one of Jim and Welda’s dogs until I said I was just training him, but he was one of their dogs. I guess that’s encouraging that people see him trotting along instead of being a total spazoid and don’t recognize him. I talked with Welda for a bit today too. Mold avoidance is so hard for the average person to wrap their mind around. Her grandkids are moving to town soon so we were talking about that too. They’re great kids! It’ll be fun to see them around more.
Welda headed up to the other ranch today so we’re trying keeping Jake in the tent. Hopefully the little stinker doesn’t figure out how to get out of the tent or he’ll get eaten by a coyote tonight. We’ve taken some precautions to prevent that. If we’re lucky he’ll stay content laying on the blanket by the heater.