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I had definitely forgotten about the fun of housebreaking a new puppy!  

Ms. Jennie Sue will usually go when I take her outside but has not yet learned to tell me when she WANTS to go outside..... I have found the girl pups are not reliably house broken till 4 months old, the boys seem to catch on a little sooner.  Jennie is 11 weeks old today and we have had her for almost 4 weeks so hopefully soon the light bulb with go on.  She is a cutie!   And so far - she shows every sign of being a good service dog candidate!  

What has she been doing?  She has learned to sit and walk nicely on a loose leash.  She can settle at a restaurant and quietly wait in other settings.  She can also run around the house like a banshee with a fresh roll of toilet paper that she has figured out how to remove from the holder!  Then she rests....   

We have been working hard the first three weeks on her recall (she definitely knows her name), 'trade' which means I have something better than you have and if you will drop what you have you can have it, and 'leave it' with a closed hand, open hand and food on the floor.  

These last two cues have been extremely useful because of her talent for locating and bringing me mushrooms.  Mushrooms can be extremely toxic to dogs and Jennie seems to have an uncanny ability to locate them.  Just today they began popping up in the grass so I have to do a sweep before I can let her out in the yard.   But last week she was finding ones I couldn't even see - heart attack city!  

She has been to the grocery store, several restaurants, to Lowe's and to the mall.  She has slept through the sermon at church, had the 1st graders read to her and endured an all day event helping sell soap and cremes at Maymont Herbs Galore in Richmond.  She loves to walk on the trail and hang out in the creek.

So far she has not shown any fear of anything or anyone including some new dogs, the horses, our cats, a firetruck and ambulance with sirens screaming and a chainsaw.  

We will continue to work on the skills she has started to learn and add some new outings this week!  

I will also keep you posted on the potty training efforts!

Written by Thea Yancey — May 06, 2016

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