Monday, March 14, 2011

My First Time Grooming Romeo and Some Big News

Hey everyone!

First of all, let me tell you guys some really great news...

Romeo is now officially alerting to my mood swings and anxiety! It started off with me rewarding him when I am anxious. Eventually he started pawing at me when I became anxious. I gave him a lot of treats every time he did that. Well, the other day me and my mom were arguing, Romeo just sat at a distance an observed me. Then when I started to yell, he ran over to me and started pawing at my leg as hard as he could and didn't stop until I stopped yelling. I was so amazed that it broke up the entire argument. He is really thinking for himself and taking his own initiative to alert me now. He's now 4 1/2 months old. Now we just need to get his obedience down. I plan on graduating him to full service dog status when he is two years old, so I've got a lot of time to practice. We signed up for a basic obedience class and start that on Wednesday.

Another thing I wanted to tell everyone about, I got clippers! Finally!!! I ended up with some really nice Andis 2 speed clippers. I've never groomed a dog before, but I went ahead and groomed him right away after reading the poodle section of my dog grooming book. So, I decided I might as well do a fun clip on him since he had enough hair for it. I decided on the modified continental clip. I expected it to look pretty bad since it was my first time grooming.. but It doesn't look to bad (totally not bragging... just sayin'... hehehe) There are a lot of things I could improve on when it comes to grooming Romeo but practice makes perfect so in time I think he'll be looking shnazzy.

I'll post pictures of his new haircut tomorrow, I don't have time to right now. So anyways, thanks for reading!

Goal for today: Clip Romeo's nails and teach him to "lay down"

Goal for this week: Go to the training class and make progress on Romeo's training.

Sincerely, Danielle