|This is how me and Bailey are in the house.|
That's because Bailey gets too wild and starts fights and I am the one who gets hurt.
We play the Puppy School Game when we are on our own sides of the gate, too.
This week I was in the front yard with Mommy and Bailey was in the back yard. Mommy thought Daddy was outside with her. Bailey started making big barks at our pals in the back, so I made big barks too so they knew I was outside. It was a big barkfest. Mommy said we were doing her head in.
So Mommy brought me in the house through the front door, but guess what? Daddy was not outside. He had come into the house and he forgot to close the back door! So I just ran right in the front door and out the back door.
Right into the yard with barking Bailey. Mommy heard the screen door slam and ran through the house to get me but I was too fast.
You know what happens when Bailey gets wild and I don't like it. There is blood.
But guess what? Me and Bailey are trying hard to be good dogs (even though Bailey has to go outside on a leash even though we have a fence, just in case Mommy or Daddy needs to catch her quick). When Mommy got to the back yard she saw that Bailey was sniffing and wiggling and trying to give me jump hugs and she wouldn't let me walk away even though I was giving her the "I am NOT HAPPY right now" evil eye. I was thinking about giving her the "get away" snarl but when I do that she fights with me and I have already been to see Dr. Hawkins this week.
So I just stood there like a statue but I had the evil eye on my stupid sister and calling "Mommy! Get out here!" inside my head.
Mommy came to the rescue because she grabbed biscuits while she ran through the house. She had to pretty much stick the biscuits under Bailey's nose but she got us to look at her instead of each other. Then she played the Puppy School game and made me go one way for a biscuit and Bailey go the other way. By that time Daddy came outside and got Bailey's leash and Mommy got my collar and I came in the house.
Mommy says that this is proof that hard work at training and lots of patience pay off in the end, even if one of your dogs is very reactive and your dogs have had big fights before.
Me and Bailey got big hugs and treats for being such good dogs. Mommy just got a bunch of gray hairs and a headache.
PS: Mommy says Miss Ada at Reward That Puppy Dog Training and Miss Sherri at Tails of Success get a lot of the credit for us learning how no to kill each other. Miss Sherri taught Mommy how to read our dog language and practice ways to calm Bailey down so she is not always a wild dog. Miss Ada gave me and Bailey each time to play with her dog Lexie in The Land of Yes and learn that we can have good times with other dogs. Miss Sherri and Miss Ada did a good job of making sure Bailey wasn't a dangerous dog and helping us learn how to live together in the same house, even if we can't be together in the same room
Here is what we look like when we play the Puppy School Games. We look at Mommy, not each other.
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