'Not only is punishment risky, but it also fails to teach the dog an acceptable alternate behaviour. The dog does not learn what to do the next time he is in the same situation. He only learns to fear the situation.' Emma Parsons, Click to Calm p73

Friday, 17 December 2010


Today at twelve, I headed out with Jess and Lola to my friend Daisy's - where I got L from originally. There's still three of the litter there at the moment (the one they're keeping, Rocky; one that's going tomorrow, Ness (one of only three girls, including Lola); and one that's going sometime after Christmas or the New Year, Stimpy), and all were excited to see L.

However, I don't think they remembered her as their sister... as the boys spent about an hour and a half or so trying to hump her in-between wrestling and playing biteyface.

We stayed until just after four. Lola was tuckered after playing with the others, but refused to sleep in their crate with them - instead, she wandered around, snoozed next to me for a moment while I ate, and then settled in on my lap at threeish. Jess enjoyed getting (see: demanding) attention from various people, and especially Daisy's mum. She spent a good twenty minutes on her back next to Eileen, begging to have her stomach rubbed, and was happily obliged.

When we got home (after no car sickness on the way back, whoo!) the girls flopped down in front of the heater, snuggled up together, and didn't move again for almost two hours.

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