Monday, February 11, 2013

Emma graduated!

26 comments:

  1. Good for you, Emma! I hope that you got straight A's during your doggy school.

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  2. Not straight A's, but good enough and much better than I thought she'd do.

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  3. Congratulations Emma!

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  4. She is even looking at the camera, good job Em!

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  5. Give the dog a bone!

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  6. Good job Emma and Jen! |She is so cute!

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  7. Congratulations to both of you!!! I don't know if Emma is more reliable than my pups have always been (or if you managed to practice with her more than I usually do), but I'm always nervous about the graduation tests. Viv's puppy school graduation is this evening. I hope she earns her certificate. Her attention span is still pretty short!

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  8. I strongly suspect Emma was feral before she was picked up by the pound. She has serious fear issues regarding strangers and generally lacks self confidence when she's not at home. I enrolled her in the class primarily to help with her socialization. She spent most of the six weeks hiding under a chair, and I really did not know if she would graduate. She does everything well at home, mind you, but home Emma is not public Emma.

    Fortunately, she did much better than I had anticipated. Her sit and down were good. She needed two tries for stay but that was to be expected, and her leave it was awesome. She also managed a passable come and a good handshake. I was very pleased with her.

    Of course, when I went to the cash register to buy food after class, she totally freaked out when the cashier tried to give her a biscuit. She got away from me and ran through two sliding doors and most of the parking lot before finding a hiding spot under my car. Poor Emma! It's so hard being brave.

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  9. Oh, man, that must have been scary when she got away from you! They have those double doors for a reason, it's a shame that both were open at the same time :-(. At least she headed for her own car!

    Congrats on the graduation, though! Hopefully her fearfulness will continue to improve over time.

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  10. I take Emma on a lot of off leash walks at a nearby state park. She's pretty good about sticking close to me, so at first, I really wasn't that worried. I knew I'd be able to catch her easily enough. The only scary part was that a whole bunch of people immediately wanted to help me catch her. Being chased by a group of strangers is probably Emma's worst nightmare. I had to call them off right away so that she wouldn't get too scared and just keep running.

    Poor girl. Sometimes I don't know what I was thinking when I chose a dog with this much baggage!

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  11. Oh, poor girl! That was probably NOT her idea of a good graduation celebration. Hopefully she did earn herself a treat? :)

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  12. Yeah for Emma! Sorry you had to chase her and have that scare. No fun at all...

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  13. Congrats for both of you!

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  14. Congrats Emma!

    Sarah
    CuttingHorse

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  15. Congratulations Emma, you're truly one in a million! :)

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  16. Congratulations! And I'm glad you were able to get her caught pretty quickly. When my parents were about to move 2 hours away, my cat got away and took off. Since I was moving in with an aunt who lived nearby, it was my task to keep checking the area to try to get her. My first trip back to the house I found her and was carrying her back to my aunt's house through an alley. A guy was walking towards us and Scamper got squiggly. I told him to stop but he didn't and Scamper got away again, scratching me in the process. Fortunately I was able to grab her again. I wanted to "hurt" that guy. haahaha.

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  17. Yay, congrats Emma! I always love your posts on her and Darcy, they are two lucky and loved dogs.

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  18. Congratulations!
    gin m

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  19. Congratulations to both I know how hard is to teach them to respond to commands all the hours and time spent paid off, good job!!

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  20. Awww, poor wee thing! She always looks so happy and confident in your 'home' photos so it's so good to hear that although still not 100% sure about other people and dogs, she trusts you enough to give it a go. :D

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  21. Congrats to you and Emma! She looks like a very good girl!

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  22. Yay, Emma! That's a fantastic achievement!!
    Our oldest dog, Maddie, was just the same. She is a pound dog too, and when we got her at 6 months old she was terrified of the world. She'd been abused (we think by a man, as she was petrified of men especially), abandoned and then hit by a car before the pound found her on the side of the road. When we brought her home she hid behind a bush for 3 days and refused to come out. We took her to puppy school and she spent almost the entire time cowering under a table. We were totally overwhelmed, especially as Maddie was our first dog and we had no idea whether she'd ever learn to trust.
    Now, though, Maddie's about to turn 8 and she's a completely different dog. She's calm and kind, is only a little wary of strangers and loves it when kids come up to her on walks and pat her. And she does excellent handshakes! :D We're so proud of her. Time and a lot of TLC goes a very long way :) Don't worry Jennifer, Emma *will* pull through her fear.

    Gabi :)

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  23. Well done to both of you! Emma is obviously better behaved than my dog, who completely failed his first obedience test. Not because he couldn't do it, simply because he didn't want to. Oh well, there is always next time...
    Abby

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