DAY 5/Tuesday: It was a long day for everyone. I had three dogs to work in town (6 hrs of consultations) and Jazz and my two had to stay home. Jazz had to stay in the crate as it’s way too early to allow her unsupervised freedom. I also had to pick up both grandsons and bring them home with me. We hit the door in the evening with a lot of speed and energy. I had one grandson and three dogs all in need of a a bathroom break IMMEDIATELY. Still, I required Jazz to calm down in the crate and at the door, it was very hard for her, but she attempted it. We took our break and came inside and she went ballistic at the boys. She received a correction and she went and found a place to lie down. Other than her voluntarily sitting to calm herself, she still has a lot of work.
DAY 6/Wednesday: It’s been an off day for Jazz. A two-steps-forward-one-back kind of day. She was nuts in the crate this morning the minute she heard me moving around. I ignored her. I did other chores before letting her out after she’d calmed down. I had to insist she sit with the crate door open and not come out until she’d calmed again. I had to insist she calm at the door to the outside (and upon coming in), again. She couldn’t handle the boys and boxes well while we decorated the tree, so back on the leash and a controlled sit. She did, however, finally just accept everything and settled. In the late afternoon/evening, after the boys had departed, she was off-leash, sneaked out of the room and tore open a bag of dog food. She’d already had dinner so she was reprimanded for the destruction of the bag. I put her on a down. I received a call from a client and she, once again, sneaked out of the room. This time, however, she went back to my room and deliberately defecated and peed on the light-colored dog blanket (the towel was light-colored, too. Talk about pee-pad association!). How do I know it was deliberate? Because she had JUST been out and done both right in my presence! She got a full blast of my dislike for this one. It will not fly and she now knows it. She handled it well and was in her crate for an hour. She then was allowed to rejoin us before bed.
DAY 7/Thursday: On the whole it was a good day today. A client was over and Jazz barked and wouldn’t settle, so for a short time she was leashed. Once calm, she was allowed off. She didn’t want to engage with the person and that’s fine with me. The important thing was she got a grip on herself. In the early evening we went for a walk and I allowed her to be off-leash for the first time. I knew there would be no issues, even though she is still very blown away when called to come to any human. It was relatively cold outside, my two dogs were out with her, and dinner time was approaching. She had a good run, returned when called, and with some correction sat at the back door and waited to have her name called to enter. She still balks a bit at entering a crate to be fed, but the massive initial resistance to crates is almost gone. After dinner, she waited to hear the release command before coming out of the crate calmly, trotted — because it is almost impossible for a pug to walk — to the living room, found herself a spot and lay down of her own volition. Yep, good day.