Stay Active-Come to Jesus Friday

This was the first school break that the kids and I spent together since they started elementary school. And it was AMAZING!!

I kept them busy, engaged, active, very little down time spent watching TV. We moved with a purpose...daily!! We are living the life and I am excited for summer break!!

Training Thursday Week 4

Week 4!! One month in to our training and we are doing great!! Today was an exciting day all-around! Not only did Matthew, the trio and I take an exciting geocaching field trip in the woods, but he also got the "high paw" from Ronin's psychiatrist who gave us the all important "required service dog note" that we'll keep in Matthew's vest and use to apply for his official service dog status! And a big plus...I found out that ALL of Matthew's expenses are TAX DEDUCTIBLE Smile That made the husband VERY happy.

Okay, but on to Training Thursday. We're on Spring Break this week, so Helene came to our house. It's always nice to have the trio around to make training a 100lb dog even MORE fun! Tongue Out

Today we worked on the command "come." This is a command that I have been waiting for. "Come" is a HUGE game for Matthew. I'll call him, he'll come up just close enough to make me think I can grab him, then he'll laugh at me and haul ass away. James or the kids have been careless a very small handful of times and Matthew has gotten out of the house or backyard. He doesn't go far, but he could...easily. And he doesn't come when we call him. I have to turn it into a game and get him to chase me back in to the house or yard, and then quickly shut the door or fence. It's a PITA and it's dangerous; for him, and for any small animal that he might want to play with. But when we're INSIDE the house, it's not an issue. Matthew is attached to my hip most of the time, and if he's not, all I have to do is call him and he literally comes hauling ass like a bull in a China shop straight at me. But outside...outside is a different matter when he's off-leash.

First and foremost I had to learn that my voice for the "come" command has to be friendly, exciting, cheerful. Never angry, and never yell. Who would want to come to a screaming banshee?? (I must remember this for my kids....)

We began practicing with a L.O.N.G. leash so that he could have some freedom to explore, sort of lose himself in the moment, and then I'd say "Matthew Come" and he better start coming...and if he didn't, I had him on leash and I'd reel him in, pulling the leash until he arrives at my feet, and then I want him at a sit in front of me. We had lots of treats, lots of leash, and LOTS of distraction.

I was excited, I was ready.

And we practiced. When I call Matthew to a come, he needs to come every single time. It's not optional. I need to be able to reinforce that he HAS NO CHOICE but to come when I call him. Therefore, when we practice he'll be kept on the long leash (I need to procure one from the pet store) and gradually we'll make modifications; long leash me holding it, long leash with him dragging it, and eventually losing the leash all together. We also need to practice EVERYWHERE where he needs to come; by the lake, in the backyard, in the house, in the front yard, (not the dog park, never going there!) basically anywhere and everywhere where he could be off-leash.

He loves me so much and I am as equally fond of him. Kiss

Working down near the lake proved to be the most challenging (lab/water=lots to do!) as did having the children around, but we'll get it. We've got all the other commands down pretty dang well, so this one will just take lots of practice, just like all our other commands! Dog training (like kid raising) doesn't stop as soon you think they know it. You keep going, you keep reinforcing, you keep praising, you keep building upon what they already know.

We're still discussing what we're going to do next Thursday. But one thing is for sure...I'll be practicing come A LOT. Because I really don't like it when my family doesn't come when I call them. It's sort of a pet peeve and drives me a bit batty.

If you trained your dog what was the most DIFFICULT command for your pup to learn?

Be Amazing

I've been invited by the Women's Running Series to be an "Runspirational Representative" for the Women’s Running St. Petersburg Half Marathon being held on November 24, 2013. I'm still deciding if I want to run the 1/2 marathon or the 5K. If I run the 5K, it will be with one (or both!!) of my daughter's. The kids have to be 8 years old on race day, and Ella will be 8, and Haley will be 9, so I'd love it if they both did it with me. As much as I love running with Ella, I'd love for Haley to do it with me and together we'd follow a 5K training plan because she doesn't "love the run" like Ella {normally} does. But I think she could. I know she has it in her. She is amazing. She loves to be alone with her thoughts, and running could give her that time to think, to reflect and to grow. If for whatever reason the girls decide that they don't want to do it, or can't do it, then I WILL do the 1/2 Marathon. I ran this race in 2011, so I have a time to beat now Tongue Out

I'll update with my decision very soon and then will post my training progress (and the girls if it applies) twice per month. I'll have a discount code to share with you all very soon so that you can sign up and race (perhaps with your children over the age of 8 for the 5K, 12 for the 1/2 Marathon.)

No matter what, I am going to need some new shoes. My IT band issues I was suffering from last week seem to have diminished since I've been taking it easy on the running, and I've been foam rolling like crazy! There are so many cute colors out now, and I want to #beamazing in a pair of new kicks! What are your favorite running shoes??

Everyone says you're amazing

Say you don't know how to do it now,

so you run

It's not that you're bleeding

But you're through with it now,

so you run, so you run

I know that you need it, you can't live alone

So you run, so you run

Everyone says you're amazing now that you're clean

But only you know the real ones are 'cause you've seen

There's only one question I want to ask is it here

and When you hear everyone say you're amazing

Does anyone ask you?

Do you cry in your sleep and do you feel okay

When you run?

Thinking it's Doomsday you got to let it go

So you run, so you run

Pretend you don't see it, that we can live a lie

When you run, so you run

Everyone says you're amazing now that you're clean

Only you know the real ones are 'cause you've seen

There's only one question I want to ask is it here and

When, when you hear everyone say you're amazing

Does anyone ask you?

'Cause I know that you're real

Amazing, amazing, amazing

Everyone says you're amazing now that you're clean

Only you know the real ones are because you have seen

There's only one question I want to ask is it here and

When you hear, everyone says you're amazing

Everyone says you're amazing

(I want you to always feel you're amazing)

Everyone says you're amazing

(I want you to always feel you're amazing)
I want you to always feel you're amazing You're amazing

 

Disclaimer: Women's Running Series offered me race entry and gear in exchange for my posting about my training, review of the Expo, and review of the race. All amazing commentary is original and honest.