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Dog park

Layla had her first trip to the dog park today!  She finally got all her shots, so now it’s time to start socializing her at the dog park.  After a rough start, she did pretty good.  She was really scared when all the dogs came up and started sniffing her, but soon she was running around without a care in the world.  She made a couple of new friends.  We will start bringing her up there on the golf cart starting next week!!

Layla also graduates from puppy school today!  It’s a big day for her! 🙂 

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Puppy Training

Layla is probably the cutest puppy ever and she’s super smart.  I have spent so much time worrying about potty training her that I never really gave her a chance to tell me she needs to go.  I’m going to try out these potty bells that I bought on amazon.  Fingers crossed  that she uses them!!

Cooper’s Day

The teacher at PetSmart told us that we need to put Cooper in social situations.  Mike doesn’t really believe in bringing dogs to events, restaurants, or other places, so when Shannon asked me to go to East Metro Park, I was pretty sure that was not somewhere that would be off limits.  In all reality, I don’t really want to deal with Cooper in the car, so I’m kind of OK not taking him anywhere.

Shannon’s dog, Pete, quickly taught Cooper how to get on the picnic table, which doesn’t really go with our policy of staying off the table, but I guess it’s not that big of a deal.

The two of them quickly tolerated each other, and had a lot of fun checking out ducks and exploring the area.

Cooper is pretty good, so I let him off the leash, which is really against the rules, but there wasn’t anyone else around. Shannon got to witness first hand how lazy Cooper is when he just randomly decided to lay down right in the middle of our walk.

After his park date, we took him to his puppy class.  Cooper hasn’t been in three weeks.  We were starting to think he may be a puppy school drop out.  We happen to go back to class on graduation night, but the teacher let us stay and take the final exam.  Cooper PASSED! Not only did he pass, I thought he was the valedictorian.  He sat, stayed, rolled over VERY SLOWLY, and did all the other tricks she required.  I was very proud of my baby!!! It was very cute. He got a certificate and got to wear a graduation cap for some pictures that really didn’t turn out. The teacher is going to let us retake the class and make up the classes we missed, so by the time we finish, he should be a well trained dog.

Cooper! What Happened!?

When I came home after being gone for a week, I found that Cooper had a growth spurt!  I almost didn’t recognize him!  Even after the 4 miles and 135 lunges that we did this morning, he still wasn’t tired.  I’m not sure how I’m going to keep up with him.  Today he goes to his puppy class, but he missed a week and he had a week of no practice.  I’m pretty sure he’s going to have to take a repeater class.  It’s a good thing he’s so cute!!

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