Training Update 1


Up until this past week, Oxford had not had any sort of formal training. We did however teach her the most important things – sit and paw. 🙂 Except that wasn’t cutting it when we would bring her to the park and she would chase after every human and dog.

I don’t think this pup has ever met a person or animal she did not like…even if they didn’t like her back. Point blank, our dog needed some obedience training (which is mainly my fault for not beginning sooner, she was just so cute and all I wanted to do was snuggle her).

Exhibit A

For example, she loves to grab things that aren’t hers and make you chase her around in circles for ten minutes. By no means is she a bad dog, she is just a puppy and is a little hard headed and doesn’t always listen (like her father) sometimes.

So I scheduled training with a local trainer – 8 sessions for a pretty penny. Low key hoping this lady is like Cesar Millan dog whisperer.

We had our first session last Tuesday. One of the main topics of discussion was the fact that Oxford sleeps in the bed with us. Also note that I have a full sized bed…i.e most nights I am hanging off the side of the bed.

Exhibit B


Ms. Dog Trainer suggested that we start teaching Oxy to sleep in her bed on the floor. Ok – great idea (in theory).

Step One: Make dog sleep in crate beside bed with door locked for a couple nights

Step Two: Put dog in crate with door shut but not locked

Step Three: Dog sleeps in crate with door open

Step Four: Replace crate with dog bed and dog sleeps on floor by herself MAGIC!! Dog sleeps by herself on the floor.

Easy peasey, right? Wrong-o. Maybe in a perfect world… Let’s recap on how this really went for us:

Step One: Put pup in crate next to our bed at around 9:30 (yes, we are early birds).

  • From approximately 9:30 PM – 5:00 AM, puppy cries and barks on and off. I think I got a total of 3 hours of sleep this night.
  • Still on step one obviously – Night 2. Put pup in crate around 9:30 PM.
  • Remove puppy from crate at around 11 PM. Can. Not. Do. It. Crying, barking, trying to dig her way out. We were beyond frustrated (and sorry neighbors). We gave up.

Lets also note that after each night while I was getting ready for work, said pup would walk into her crate – BY HERSELF – lay down and sleep IN HER CRATE. You couldn’t have done that during the night????

Soo. We have our next dog training session on Tuesday. I am not quite sure how we are going to tell Ms. Dog Trainer that we failed on this homework assignment…hopefully all the other things we have been practicing with her make up for it.

– Sarah Beth Bosco


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