Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Book Fair and Park Meeting

At the beginning of the month our family went to a book fair for the weekend that we have been attending each year for the past 4 years. We took Baity last year and it went so well I thought it would be great to take Charlotte. It was a lot easier this time because I knew where all the best "Busy" (potty) spots were. There is a huge section of the book fair with lots of booths selling books which provides lots of great distractions and new exposures. I was able to talk to many people interested in puppy raising and even ran into someone who used to puppy raise in our group!

Charlotte finally finished all her shots so she was able to start going to puppy meetings! We went to a park that had lots of animals, bridges, and a creek which were great exposures for the puppies. The weather was also amazing! That day it was about 70 with a light breeze which was perfect for walking around. Charlotte even got the courage to run through the creek. Which unfortunately resulted in a VERY dirty, wet puppy. Luckily the meeting wore her out, so the minute we were in the car she crashed.

Until the Next Adventure...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Baity's Monthly Report # 3

Today is offically the first day of summer and getting Baity's monthly report couldn't have been a better start.

I am sooo proud of how well Baity is doing! He is on phase 2 of his training and has almost mastered everything on the list! Good job Baity!

In addition, all his behavior boxes, except one, are checked which means he's been a very good boy. The one that wasn't checked had to do with him getting dog distracted while working. He just can't get enough of his friends!

Here is what his trainer said:

Baity has a new theme song when we go out on routes: NANA NANA NANA NANA BAITMAN!!! Baity is full of personality and is always ready to go and have some fun out and about. He is a FABULIOUS worker and loves loves loves to play with his roommates!

Hearing that he is doing so well with his training definitely makes us all so happy and proud! And I know he is having a great time. It's also great to know he is getting along so well with his trainer :)

Charlotte is already 5 months old and will be 6 months at the beginning of next month which is hard to believe! It feels like we just got her. Unfortunately my computer is getting fixed and all my photos are on there so I can't give any photo updates. But lots of updates will be coming soon!

Until the next Adventure (or Update :) )...

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Picnic Adventure

Olivia here with another adventure!

This morning my youngest sister and I decided to head to the park with the some friends. Of course going to the park is a perfect activity for a puppy, so we grabbed her stuff and went on our way!

Because we were eating lunch there I wanted to bring something to keep her occupied. The night before, just for fun, I made Charlotte a homemade Frosty Paw.

Frosty Paw's are like ice cream for dogs. We first discovered them at the Southeastern Walkathon, and they are fairly easy to make at home.

This kept her nice and occupied throughout the whole meal! Afterwards she just kept clinging to the bowl and kept it in her mouth (we were unable to get a picture though). 

After our meal we took a small walk. The park has a giant wooden stage with an awning that is used for the local orchestra's concerts. Wooden floors are especially good to expose the dogs too so we took a walk on the stage.

Charlotte was perfect on the wooden boardwalk and quite enjoyed being active compared to the last few days. 

The weather was also perfect! There was a nice cool breeze which is great for puppies who can easily get over heated. 

Our next stop after the park was the mall! The park happens to be right in the center of a nice business area. It has a lot of high end stores, as well as regular ones. We are pretty familiar with this mall and took Baity with us several times.

Charlotte did a great job staying next to the wall and leading. There was a lot of different distractions and new noises, which she did a great job ignoring. We stopped by the store Vera Bradley and Charlotte had fun time getting to meet someone new. She stayed seated the whole time while being petted. 

After a long day Charlotte was exhausted! So it was home for a nap.

As for the Frosty Paws recipe it is quite simple: First, take a small dish that can easily be filled to the top. I recommend washable silver cups or small plastic cups (the ones you use for punch at parties). Next, scoop some unsweetened plain yogurt into the cup and add a couple spoonfuls of peanut butter. Smooth the top of the mixture before you cover it with plastic wrap and pop it in the freezer. Then, wait a couple hours (or overnight) and let your puppy enjoy!

Until the next adventure...