It’s been a while so I thought I would write a quick update on the major things going on over here.
We’ve been dealing with huge flooring issues recently and I won’t go into all the details but we’ve had all our furniture in one room for the last 2 weeks or so. It’s been very stressful but we’ve finally worked something out with the contractors and they should be fixing things next week! Here’s just a sample of the flooring where you can see the floor dips by > 1/2” over about 1 ft. For reference the installation specs allow dips no more than 1/8” over 6 ft.
We enrolled in Susan Garrett’s Recallers 5.0 class at the alumni rate and have been going through the games. They’ve been a lot of fun and I like that there are stretch goals for people who have done the class before. Our goal is just to be able to do the games in a variety of locations, specifically outside. Yesterday we played Tug-Drop-Sit-Run outside and Nova was fantastic (at least when Apollo wasn’t interfering).
Our resident foster dog (Apollo, above) spent most of the week sleeping and decompressing. Losing your entire family and being placed somewhere strange is a lot for anybody so we played quiet games like nose touches and got him ready for crate training. He’s starting to perk up now and is very interested in Nova when she’s tugging with me. Considering he used to growl a bit when she came close and now they seem very comfortable this is great progress. I also have to give Nova huge kudos for being better than I could have ever dreamed with him.
Not everything is great though. He destroyed his plastic crate one night and a significant portion of carpet in one room in about 15 minutes. Oops. At least it was carpet on the list of things to replace.
It’s also still hard to find things that really motivate him. Even things that make other dogs go crazy like cheese, chicken, and hamburger are only mildly interesting to him. I also don’t think he knows what a toy is, and has shown no interest in anything I’ve tried, including several non-traditional toys like paper products, leaves, and branches.