Last night we had to say goodbye to one of the most 💓loving 🐶 we’ve ever had in our family. It’s so had not to cry when our hearts 💔are broken knowing he won’t be running and hopping around here anymore. When I found him at the San Bernardino metrolink train station I just knew I had to bring him home. He’s been a big part of our hearts and lives ever since. He would lick you to death, make you smile when your sad and make laugh when your crying. That guy just gave you unconditional love. I’m sure he was happy to be in a loving,spoiling home. He is truly going to be missed. Rico is now watching over our family with his big sister Sidney. We miss you so much and will continue to laughter at all the silly things you use to do. Love you butters!!!
This was an awesome listen, and much needed.
Rico is reactive to noises, freaks out when left alone (sometimes) and has started over arousing himself in situations where work *might* come up, but almost never does. He is a very alert dog, and often doesn't outwardly appear overly aroused when he is, but has become very apparent in the last 2 weeks. I've been learning to see his early signs, and stopping escalation as quickly as possible. I also added a lot more duration work in hopes to get to a calmer state of mind. While I have seen a little improvement here and there, we are not making any significant headway, in fact we seem to be backsliding. I am not addressing the real problem, and not from the right direction, or are we building up to an ha-ha moment (this happens with horses sometimes, things escalate right before a breakthrough)
His health is good, I feel I am full filing his biological needs, so next up would be clarity.
It clicked listening to these guys about the layered stress modle. Rico needs more clarity, but not in a strict structured way. In fact, he gets worse with ridged structure, I think that's what our duration work has turned into. He is much worse with holding 'stay' commands now than he was previously. I think I stress him out with to much structure. How do I find the balance?
We are relearning how to play Jay Jack style, allowing him to control the play, playing how he wants instead of how I do (I still start and end play sessions)
I have to figure out what pictures he needs clarity on and how to do it. Do we stop duration stuff for a little while, as things started going down hill the more we did that? He seems to enjoy our meal time training sessions, so we will stick with those. No cow work for a bit, but will still get out and run. Any advice is welcome!
Check out my new blog post "The Basketball Bubble, aka the Lonely Life of an Overseas Basketball Wife" (link in bio) and give any advice you can offer! Hubby is on day 10 of a 14 day road trip and I feel like I'm losing my mind. People always think this life is a glamorous one, filled with exotic travels and experiences, which can be true, but when you're on your own in a country where you dont know the language, and dont have your friends and family around, it can be lonely and overwhelming. These feelings are exacerbated when your only friend and partner is traveling, and especially for such a long time. It may seem crazy to feel lonely when I have 4 kids to look after, but I do. I think I need to find some coping mechanisms besides wine! 😫😫😫 #lordhelpme#momlife#momoffour#overseaslife#expatlife#basketballlife#thestruggle#ineedmorewine#ineedtomeditate#argentina#meandmydoggy#ricosuave#doggylove#doxielove
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“I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”/ “Sé vivir humildemente, y sé tener abundancia; en todo y por todo estoy enseñado, así para estar saciado como para tener hambre, así para tener abundancia como para padecer necesidad. Todo lo puedo en Cristo que me fortalece.” #ricosuave#musicacristiana#rapcristiano#trapcristiano#mensajespositivos#ecuador
Crumby photos, but the store was way busier than I had expected, so I was pretty much focused on the dogs.
Zeva did really well. She was much calmer in general, and only gave people a quick glance as they neared her space. She is still uncomfortable after they pass and are behind us, wanting to look back a lot. I know I add a bit to this issue with her, as I dislike unknown people behind me as well. We found some quiet aisles, and after a single person passed, we would go about 10 feet, then do a U turn so we could see them again. New tactic, but seemed to help.
Rico, on the other hand is overly friendly, and wants to lick EVERYONE, even if they don't acknowledge him. He and I just worked on more engagement with distraction. Had him "chase" my hand with a treat, lots of turns and thankfull, people who mostly ignored us!! Very happy with both dogs, they also performed our 2 middle entries, and some down stays wonderfully. #instaGRCClub
This training opportunity made possible by the trek to "Big" town (6 hour round trip) for a months worth of groceries.
The dogs are excellent company for the trip, and we get to do town training. My parents live there as well, so they got to run around and play when we stopped at their house! .
Something about this cooler weather makes us crave sweets so much more! Anyone else?? 😆 Stay home where it’s warm and let us deliver Dinner + Dessert to you! 🏠🥧💕 Today we have Gobbler + Original Dinner Pies with Raspberry Cheesecake, Rico Suave, and Apple Baby Pies 😋 Comment down below if you would like to reserve anything to pick up! Have a wonderful day!