A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper

A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper
Ever wonder what its like to share your world with a bunch of crazy critters? Tune in to find out!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

It's Official - We Need a Trainer

Today I officially reached out to a local dog trainer for her to come to the house and try to tame the wild puppies.  The are good dogs for the most part but they need to learn some manners and some obedience.  I have asked her to structure a training plan around the following:

  • Barking - they bark at each other mostly but its noisy and annoying
  • Jumping up - particularly Charli - she is by far the worst of the three
  • Being a bit more gentle with Emma - they love her so much but they are too exuberant for the old girl
  • General commands - they do sit for cookies, and go in their crates for chewies but we need to work on things like stay, settle, lay down, etc
  • Listening when excited or distracted - all bets are off currently
I hope to hear back from her this week so we can get something on the calendar and get these babies calmed down a bit.  Puppy brains in giant dog bodies make for a challenging time.  Add to that - three of them - we are outnumbered.  I'll keep you posted on how it goes...