It’s late and I’m tired. . . but triumphant!
Mat work with Magnus has really barely started, but tonight he made his first real life application. Let me lay the stage.
It has been a long, but good day. It’s time for bed and mehusandy is snoozing away.
But not my mutts! They, of course, have their typical night time zoomies. And the zoomies in this house are not quiet.
I have two choices: put them to bed and hope they settle in quick and quiet, or whip out their mats and see if they can settle.
I love their mats. Cute and square, Maizeys’ orange with pink squares and Magnus’ green with blue squares. I have visions of them parked on their cute mats, ears flowing and tails softly wagging while the breeze ruffles their hair and sends the scent of new grass through the air. . .
Okay, that’s taking it a little far, but seriously mat work is invaluable.
So as I set out to do my dishes I put one mat behind me to the left and one behind me to the right. Maizey immediately parks it, she loves this game. Magnus’ version of mat work up till now has been to get on Maizeys’ mat with her.
But not tonight! Tonight he CHOSE his mat! Well okay, it did take one lure the first time to get him there, but after that he CHOSE wisely! Repeatedly! While I loaded the dish washer, walked around the kitchen and changed the laundry, he CHOSE his mat! By the end he also CHOSE to lay down and stay on his mat for an estimated two whole minutes!
Imagine! What a smart boy!
And my Maizeymaymay? She stayed in her park it for the whole time! Well, she broke twice when my treat throwing aim was off and the treats landed just out of reach, but each time she CHOSE to immediately return to her perfect park it.
Imagine! What a smart girl!
So the 4legged lesson? I love it when my pups make good choices, I love training and there really is nothing small about small triumphs!
. . . Tomorrow, puppy class. Sigh. I’m glad Magnus isn’t nervous, cause I sure am!