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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!!

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Born To Run

I am not a very good runner, but I kind of enjoy it.  I’ve successfully completed Couch to 5K…several times.  I usually quit running right after I get to 5K.  This happens EVERY time I start running.  My friend and I signed up for the Dallas Half Marathon, but about 3 weeks before the marathon, I quit running on a regular basis.  I finished the Half Marathon, but it wasn’t pretty. By the 11th mile, I couldn’t even alternate running and walking and had to walk the last two miles.  That’s ok. I still finished and I still got a medal.  Of course I said I’d never do another one, but within 3 days, I was already planning to try again.  This time I’m going to be in better shape!!

My friend found this work out on pinterest.  I’m not sure where it originated, but since she did it, I had to, too!! I didn’t think I’d make it through the first time, but I did it!!  Now I’ve done it twice!! I’m so proud!! I am hoping mixing it up like this will help me with my training for the Cowtown Half Marathon!!  Maybe this will be the year that I actually lose some weight, too!!

Born to run

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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