The cat food is not working!
She joins TP in search of the elusive mystery creature.
The monster terripin should be here somewhere!
There it is and Ki-Anne shouts to the heavens, I have found my prize. For a dog who bravely nips at cattle and horses without a sound, she is awfully loud with these small creatures. She will run in to sniff and jump back as if it's a snake. I tell her, No! and distract her.
One evening Ki had something treed right outside the door. I tried to shush her but had to go out to see what terrible monster she had this time...a toad frog!!! To listen to her, you would think it was a mountain lion. Despite her small body and even smaller tail, this girl has a big voice. I had hoped against hope, that she would never discover her voice since she had been a less than vocal dog up to this point. Too late now!! Again, I distracted her and placed the toad under the fig bush away from her. Not to be put out from that loss, she immediately began to search for another monster.
This little lady is smart and shows promise of almost having a Border Collie level of intelligence...almost. She no longer charges at the cats, they have trained her. Now, when she speeds by, they do not satisfy her with running but stoically stand their ground. The roosters are learning not to scatter and she prances through them trying to show her power. They, too, have begun to ignore her. The cattle and horses have accepted her as just another irritation, like a cow fly. They no longer participate in her puppy games.
Ki leads, sits, shakes hands, knows "NO!", does not jump up and greets me each day after work at my car. We walk together to the porch and she curls up in her bed as I go in the door. Ki is a farm dog in training but is very good at cuddling!
Next training project will be the command, "Hush!"