Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Changes and Training

It's been a few weeks now that I have been back home and we've tried to do plenty of this:

But when we went back to school and work, Maggie pretty much looked at us with great disdain most days.

And even though it's been a regular, warm end of summer here in Los Angeles, Maggie insists on sleeping under blankets still.

The Changes

We made a pretty big decision last week.  We found a trainer who we really like.  We agree with his philosophy.  If you've been reading since our beginnings, you'll probably remember that we found a trainer who we thought was the answer to our Maggie leash reactivity prayers.  Turns out that his philosophy and system is not sustainable for us (intimidation is not the route we want to use with the pups).  So, we went back to the drawing table and searched for a trainer whose philosophy would help us help Maggie get to a place where she could be the awesome dog she is IN our house, OUT of our house.

We had an evaluation with this new trainer at his daycare, boarding, training, and grooming facilities and were super impressed.  The place is clean and feels like a (human) spa when you walk in.  There is a serene feeling and not a huge amount of barking when you step inside.  There is a big dog area, a small dog area, and even areas for dogs who aren't as social as other dogs.

In short, Mr. Nigel will be starting group classes at this new awesome facility and for about 3 weeks (maybe 4), Maggie is taking part in their board and train program.  She is hanging out with their trainers during the day and slowly working up to hanging out with other dogs during training and being around all kinds of distractions.  

We realize that board and train programs are seen as controversial to some but this is the right option for us right now with Maggie.  We miss her dearly for the time being but look forward to working with her when she finishes her boot camp and we start OUR real training!

In the meantime...
We're looking forward to working with Nigel during this time that he's an only pup (his first time ever!) and having the opportunity to take him to classes, cafes and camping.  We'll keep you posted on both doggie's progress and how the training goes.

We're happy to be back in the blogosphere!!!


  1. I hope this really helps maggie & you guys!
    love the blankie so sweet.
    update us on her progress!

    1. Thanks!! So far, she's doing awesome. I'll write a little about it in our next post. Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Thanks! We've gotten good reports so far...even though it's been only a few days, it feels good.

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    1. Thanks, Debra!!! I am totally enjoying seeing Julius and Ray get along so well together!!

  4. I've always wondered about those programs, I can't wait to hear what you think about it!

  5. Welcome back! I've been inspired to work on my pups' training more too:) Looking forward to hearing about your progress!

    1. Thanks, Rachel!! I can't wait to hear about what you guys choose to do next!!!