Monday, August 29, 2011

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

That's what it feels like sometimes living with a puppy. I do still think of Oscar as a puppy, even though he's over a year old. Some days there is progress in his training and behaviour, and other days it's back to the same bad habits. He's not really backtracking though, so I suppose maybe it's one step forward, one step back.

Today I was very pleasantly surprised when I took out his harness before his walk and he sat still and actually let me clip it on without fidgeting at all. I don't remember that ever happening before! I was so proud. He did still try to chew on it a couple of times, but he has gotten so much better with it than when we first put it on him. He chewed through the first one we got, but this one has been fine so far.

On his walk, he started out pretty excited, so unfortunately he did bark at a few people that he passed, which he hasn't done in a long time. I did notice that he was much better with watching me as he walked, though, and didn't pull nearly as much as usual. I was actually quite impressed with how often he looked up at me as he walked.

My excitement about his progress with loose leash walking didn't last long. As soon as we got back to the yard and I tried to unclip his leash from his harness, he started struggling and crashed straight into some weeds that have tons of burrs on them. I guess that's what I get for being lazy with yard maintenance. So while he looked pretty pleased with himself when he got home, he ended up fighting me for ten minutes afterwards as I pulled burrs out of his fur. It was a bit of a struggle, to say the least.

Making trouble makes him happy!

The two burrs on his back were just the beginning.

There must have been 40 or 50 of them and I got to
pull them out one by one as he struggled. What fun!

Pesky little buggers.

I guess that's the charm of living with a mischievous and clever little schnauzer. I have to say he keeps me on my toes!


Rubie and Poots (her Mum) said...

We are pretty strong willed - and it's boring being "good" all the time.

Tail Wuggles, Rubie.

From Rubie's mum: It's always amazed me when we train and train to do something, and it seems like we will never get there with Rubie, but then, all of a sudden it kicks in! I have found that Rubie is starting to show a little more maturity, rather than puppy exuberance in a lot of tasks. Hang in will happen!

Moth said...

You'll never be bored with a schnauzer - they're too intelligent and like to keep you on your toes :-)
Oh those burrs - how many have our little lot had in their fur over the years. Yesterday Caoimhe had a huge one on her back leg and when I eventually teased it out it fell on the floor and Magic stuck her nose on it thinking it was food and I had to start all over again on her beard! (Magic & Caoimhe's Mum)

Julie Flanders said...

Oh my, Clancy got in some burrs over the weekend and I had to pull them out, but thankfully there were only a few of them. I can't imagine this many!

Oscar is such a little doll even if he is a rascal. I LOVE the picture of him smiling about making trouble, too cute!

Deanna Ray said...

My mini Schnauzer, Harley gets covered in those all the time after chasing our big dog around the yard in South Florida. Once, we spent over an hour picking them out LOL never a dull moment with a Schnauzer :)

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