Thursday, March 7, 2013

Update on how it is going

Tuesday was pretty good. I was at home so that helped. I gave the gang hooves [See attached pictures] for the afternoon so got to work in peace! I spent my evening working more on house training with Emma. She refused to pee outside and I knew she had to so we played the, in the crate for 15 minutes, and then outside of 5 minutes. We played this game for over 1.5 hours before she peed.

Wednesday morning went something like this: Got Emma to pee and poop outside! Emma will  now eating a whole meal at meal time with some supervision (mostly to make sure Hailey doesn't push her out of the way). Got myself and everyone ready to go to camp.  Got the girls loaded in the car. Tried to get Phod loaded in the car. Finally lift my 60 lb boy in and close the door. Since he is not harnessed, by the time I get to the front door he is there ready to lunge out. He then went and hid in the corner of the garage and shakes. I looked at him and the car and then said "Phod, do you want to stay home?" and he raced to the house door. So I  set him up in the crate. I had booked a longer day out then he is use to because I had assumed he would be at camp. I then drove to town with a stressed out Lee because Phod is not with her, feeling like a horrible "mom" to have left my boy at home.

Left the girls at camp. Went to work. Went back and pick them up. Emma loved attention from the staff and Hailey was shy and didn't play much. Got them into the car, Lee searching the car for Phod and drove home worried about my boy who has been alone for too long. Upon arriving home I left the girls in the car and  raced into the house to free my boy, only to find him standing at the door waiting for me. The latch on the side door of the crate was not done up and he must have squeezed out. There was a pee on the floor which I cleaned up and while I was cleaning it up, Emma peed on the floor (even after we had just been outside for like 10 minutes - but it was her only accident yesterday so this is progress).

After dinner, and a successful Emma bathroom break, I took Phod for a walk alone to get the mail. I must say how nice it is to have one and not get pulled. Came back and started the car desensitization program. I was able to get Phod to take a cookie off the bumper. That is as close as he would get. I have cancelled camp for him today and will keep working on this car thing. I need to get him in for flyball on Saturday. We will be trying the vet's expensive drug that day.  Maybe if he doesn't get sick he won't hate it so much.

So people ask me "how is it going?" and like all things in life it is good and bad. if Emma peed outside and Phod wold get in the car it would be great.

Note: Found out this morning that my brother in law will be at home for March, so Emma will only be with us for the week. I am assuming he is going to have her come and stay with us in April. That will give him a month to teach her a few things!


  1. Sounds like there is never a dull moment around there. Hope that Emma keeps up the good work of going outside.

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  2. Onwards and Upwards. The problem with Phod and the car doesn't help. He obviously associates the car with being sick. Good luck with that one. Have a terrific Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. Wow! You've got your own camp going on there! :D


  4. This sounds good. At least you don't have to worry about boredom.

  5. Your adventure just goes on and on. I like the treat on the bumper. Maybe it will lead to jumping right in the car.

  6. Stay strong, they are blessed to have you!
    stella rose and mags

  7. Never a dull moment. Hope that medicine works.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & roxy

  8. Work, work, work! Time for some play!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley
    Online Doods

  9. Poor Phod and that sure are busy
    Benny & Lily

  10. Oh I don't know how you cope with it all. LOL, we shoudn't laugh, it's the way you tell it..I hope Phod will get use to the car soon.. Try and have a peaceful Friday, yeah, like that's gonna happen :) xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  11. Good luck with conquering the car phobia. I used to HATE going in the car. Keep on with the food bribes, that really helped me. Daddy put my dinner in the car a few times, so I'd get in on my own. We wouldn't go anywhere and after I'd finished he'd take me back in the house. Then we went on some short slow journeys and built up from there. I don't have any problems in the car now:-)


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