Roxy Graduates

For the past 8 weeks I have taken Roxy girl to Courteous Obedient Educated Dogs (COEDS) training class and today she graduated!

She has gotten a lot better at sit, down, stay, come, leave-it, and loose leash walking. She is still an ornery puppy but she has the basics down and now I just need to be consistent and implement the skills in real-life situations. 

I really recommend any type of positive reward training for your dogs. In my life, I never want to have outside only dogs. Why would you need to keep your dogs outside all the time if you can train them to know how to behave inside? I'm not saying it doesn't take a lot of time and work, because it does but I want to be able to enjoy my dogs to the fullest and in return they will be happier, healthier, better-behaved dogs. 

I also believe having a well trained dog could potentially save their life. Coming when called and staying when they need too will definitely limit and avoid dangerous situations. This is probably the biggest reason I have for wanting my dogs to be trained. 

Another reason I am focusing on training my pups at this time is because at some point Kyle and I will have little ones and I want my babies and my dogs to be able to co-exist. I have heard so many stories of people having to get rid of their pets when they have kids because they do not react well or are not trained well enough to be around the kids. I've made a commitment to my pups to give them a forever home and I intend to keep it.


A Pond of a Backyard

Apparently we have some draining issues going on in our backyard. I didn't include a pic but to give you an idea of what we have going on---this morning when I went to let the dogs out (30 minutes before my alarm went off, boo) two ducks bathing in a large pond of a puddle in my backyard almost lost their lives. Good thing Gunny and Roxy aren't professional duck dogs even though they think they are. 

So I'm getting some estimates for some sort of draining system tomorrow but today the dogs stayed inside more than out.

Gunny is pretty camera shy but I'm training Roxy young to get used to the camera in her face---hey, I know I'm a crazy dog lady but they are my only models. 


Snow Days

Even though I worked a half day today and Kyle had some homework to do, it was still a relaxing snow day at the Shepherd house!
I have to admit it has been veryyyy nice not having to take the dogs down 3 flights of stairs in the freezing cold to go pee. 
There is something about being snowed-in that makes it okay to do absolutely nothing. There are plenty of projects to be done around the house but nope not today, there is snow on the ground so that means we get in our comfiest clothes and slippers and sip on some coffee or hot chocolate.
The dogs have enjoyed playing around in the snow for a little bit but then they come in to do a lot of this...

-I wish I had a puzzle to work---my mom and I always always did puzzles when it was snowy and school was out. I miss that mom :)

-Snow days also make me want to read books---blankets and books are a good combination

-And of course you have to watch some sort of movie marathon---Kyle and I watched Red last night and rented Red 2 on redbox to complete the series tonight. I've seen a lot of good marathons going on when scrolling through Facebook. (StarWars, Lord of the Rings, etc.)

I hope everyone is enjoying the things that snow brings to their lazy days even if you do have to work or get some homework done---although, I hope this is the end of these days, I can only be accommodating of below freezing temps for so long :/

Stay safe and stay warm


Super Bowl Preparations!

If your hubby is anything like mine, there is only one thing on the mind....SUPERBOWL.
Kyle has declared his bottom to be in his new chair for the afternoon.
I like football but I don't really care that much :/
I do get excited for the excuse to make some really tasty snacks---here are some recipes that get my mouth watering! (Note: these are not all gluten or dairy free)

--I have made these several times and they are delicious!

And here's a little something for me :) I can't help it, I love mangos and I love margaritas!

While I'm searching for the best of the best for the Superbowl, the pups decided it was much to cold for them to go outside and play so they are being super cute big lazys--- 

Have a great Super Bowl Sunday! (P.S- Go Broncos)