Penny’s new trick this week:
I sit at the top of the stairs that lead outside and give her a training treat.
I move down to the landing (where the door is) and sit. She eventually goes down the stairs and gets a treat.
We go outside (nudge optional).
I go down the outside stairs, she eventually follows and then walks out on the grass and pees. (A variation thereof: she goes up and down the stairs outside EIGHTEEN TRILLION TIMES before actually peeing.)
She then, generally, runs back up the stairs and I wait for her to come back down. Then we try to ninja-leash and go for a trot around the greenbelt.
But hey, two weeks ago you had to carry her! So. Progress!
Later that evening, Matt, Ash, & Savy (2) came over. It took Penny about an hour to warm up and decide that they weren’t trying to murder her. And then she found out that Savy had a cup of crackers and they were quite tasty.
Last night, Jess, Charles, and Charlie (1) came over. I was so impressed at how much faster she decided Charlie was not going to injure her. She was sniffing his derrière in mere minutes. She was not, however, a fan of crying. She retreated to her tertiary cave (under the dining table) for a bit. Charlie was really good with her, too. And we’ve discovered that babies/toddlers just want to open & close her crate door OVER AND OVER. Which Penny doesn’t particularly care for, as she can’t get in.
Anyways, it’s progress. Having a dog underfoot no longer seems foreign.