Here’s my confession. I’m not a very inner-directed person. I need accountability–preferably with the likelihood of severe embarrassment at the end if I don’t meet my targets. Here’s where you come in.
Honey and I have two big goals to meet.
- Pass our Canine Good Citizen test as a first step to doing other volunteer work together (fostering or guide dog puppy raising or ?).
- Attend Blog Paws together in August.
This isn’t a disaster. Honey is an “easy” dog. But we have two main areas of worry, both related to her “greeting disorder.” You see, Honey loves to meet new people. And new dogs.
The Canine Good Citizen test requires a dog to accept petting calmly from a stranger and that she stand quietly when someone approaches with another dog. I don’t think that leaping up in someone’s arms when they visit or chasing after the first dog she sees at the park meet the criteria for the test.
My plan is to work with Honey for at least five minutes every day.
Feel free to suggest training exercises that will teach her to be calm when greeting the very best person in the world (who is basically everyone she ever meets). Yell at me for wasting the past month by not working with her regularly. Tell me I’m stupid for taking the friendliest Golden Retriever in the world to a crowded conference filled with dog lovers.
And I’ll know you’re watching. And that I have to meet my goal.