Jazmyn is now almost 10 months old… Her overall obedience/behaviours in the house are improving. She is still crated while we are away from the house and at night, for her safety and the safety of our belongings. She is still an active chewer & can be mouthy, so it’s a safer option for everyone/everything. She can go a short period of time without supervision, depending on the situation. She understands the difference between leaving through the front door and the door to the main floor. If we go upstairs without her, she will sit/lay down on the landing and wait for us to come back. She will often do this with the front door as well, but not as often and she gets that’s a more permanent form of leaving. While we’re home, we close off doors and have a gate up, but other than that, she generally has free roam of our basement apartment.
We’re bad…and Jazmyn is welcome on the couch/bed, with the STRICT understanding that you get off when told. She doesn’t horse around on the couch, but rather gets comfy in her favourite spot, or snuggles with us. This is another huge change. 2 months ago, Jazmyn did not cuddle. Now, she loves to come and lay down beside us while we watch a movie or hang out. The other night we were lying in bed watching a movie, and she slept for 3 hours! This was a first, and a nice sign of what may be to come as she matures (usually, it’s a mouthy play fest).
The primary issues that we want to tackle with Jazmyn are:
- Her Reactivity towards dogs (on walks, seeing them from the front porch, etc) and how we can learn to handle/manage her better
- Barking at people as they enter our home (via front door, backyard gate, etc)
- General obedience & respect towards us as her handlers