A Downward Dog Kind of Day…
I woke up today with nothing much going on other than cleaning my house, and organizing my dog trainer cave. We have had so much going on, with all of the prep work for Strut Your Mutt SLC (Which was awesome, as usual!) the past couple of weeks, I have been itching for a down day with the pack. So while I have a lot of paperwork, school work, and reading to get done, I decided to just stay home all day, and really do nothing of consequence.
So after taking Aiden to school in my robe and slippers (not sorry), I threw on my beanie and a pair of soft leggings and called it a day! I’ve been rotating dogs around all afternoon, making sure everyone has their inside and outside time with the boarding members, and I have to say I’m throughly enjoying my “day off”. I say it like that because you really can’t board dogs in your home and ever have a real day off, but this is about a close as it gets! So appreciate you’re in home boarding people. ? (hint, hint)
I am not a daycare, so my set up is a little bit different. I often have dogs that are not sufficiently tempered for a daycare setting, which means I often deal with behavioral issues outside of the control of a regular facility (dog selective, and dog aggressive for example) , as well as dogs that have not been altered yet. So we absolutely crate at night, when no one is home, and during meal times to make sure we have a safe barrier for everyone. It keeps the stress down in the house, especially on my end. I like to get “nap time” which often reflects meal times, and gives the dogs time to digest between outside and indoor play sessions. I absolutely do offer play time to all of the dogs that are dog friendly, as well as those that are selective, and have another dog they appreciate the company of, so moving dogs around is a lot of work on my part…HAH, although they don’t seem to care how hard I’m working for THEM though!
Being as I decided to take my “day off” today, I know I have to make sure everyone is enriched in some way, because sitting around the house seems amazing to me, but super boring to my 4 legged (and let’s be honest, the 2 legged 2-year-old) kids. So we filled up some new thinker toys all around and split everyone up, pulled out Kong toys and stuck them in the freezer for this evening, and Ava has a stack of coloring books and pencils to keep everyone preoccupied while I veg out a bit. All in all, it seems like a pretty good success, and I am totally appreciating my time.
SO, who are my guests this week? Well, this is Dover, he is the sweetest little (yeah, yeah, I know…) Irish Wolfhound/St. Bernard, and I am definitely loving his company this week! While his beard makes for a lot of moping, it seems to really just add to the mastiff drool we are already accustomed to stepping into in the middle of the night, so no biggie! He’s so big, we had to give him the largest crate to sleep in at night, and I still feel like I ought to just give him a whole room to call his own instead! I do so love my giants!
Henry, Louie, and Roxy all headed home yesterday, and the house feels pretty empty without them today. But no worries, Bella will be here in the morning, and we will be right back to 5 dogs in the house, and never a dull moment! In-home boarding is a lot of work, I have to time everything I have going on in life to make sure all of my dogs get what they need while simultaneously giving my kids, house, school, training, and hubby get all of what they need from me too! Totally worth every minute!