We started a new obedience class and Nigel has been doing wonderfully! Though many see it as controversial, we're using a pinch collar during his training and we'll wean him off of it in about 6 weeks or so. He's doing really well and we both feel like we're communicating like we never have before.
So, what have we learned about Nigel during our month o' Nigel?
- He's a huge bed hog, even when Maggie's not here!
- Nigel loves all kinds of food, including cucumbers, mango, peach, carrots. Pretty much everything.
- His energy level is MUCH lower than Maggie's and he's mostly a big giant couch potato.
- He has the CUTEST tendency to stretch out all frog-leg like but while he is still sitting if you scratch his back, it's adorable but hard to describe. We'll try to get a video!
Overall, I forgot how much calmer life can be with just one dog. There's no bounding, playful wrestling and the couch has much more room. We're so grateful to have the chance to work with Nigel on his obedience skills and give him some good, individual loving!
Lastly, a Maggie update! Miss Mags has done BEAUTIFULLY at her Board and Train. She finished the basic obedience skills within the first week and a half and then after, she worked on socializing with all kinds of dogs and being patient around other dogs. Then, they ventured out with her into the real world to places like Starbucks to help Maggie get over her "staring" issue (when she sees dogs, even if she doesn't bark and pull, she stares real hard). They have assured us that after working with her though, her barking and pulling reactivity when seeing other dogs is fairly eliminated. WOOHOO! She's been a favorite there, I think, but hey, who could blame them?!
Many pictures to come from our reunion this coming week!!!!