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  • August 12th, 2009 | 11:33 PM
Of Dogs and Writing - Want a Cookie?

Cassie's favorite word is COOKIE. (It's one of my favorites too.) For Cassie a cookie is any kind of a treat that isn't her regular kibble. There's a Cassie cookie jar in the kitchen and another one in my office. If I want to get her to move, to go anywhere, all I have to do is ask her if she wants a cookie and she pops up right away. When company comes over and I want to put her through her tricks, I reach for the cookie jar.

It's nice having a food motivated dog. It makes training her a lot easier.

But not all cookies are created equal. Asking her to stay for five minutes at home with no distractions is easy peasy and worth a regular cookie. Asking her to stay for two minutes at the park with all sorts of activity going on around here, well that gets a better treat. The higher the level of distractions for her the better the treat has to be. (And usually the stinkier too.)

I am in awe of dogs who can be put in a down stay and stay there for what feels like forever. I'm up to about five minutes with Cassie in a zero distraction zone and with me out of her sight but it is never consistent. At least not yet.

Yesterday I worked in my office for five hours. It was a big deal to me, moving from the uncomfortable yet comforting place on the couch to the comfortable place in my office. I was productive (even with the window guy here all day) and I felt a little more professional working in my, well, work environment. It felt so good that I berated myself for not doing it sooner.

I'd like to say I got up this morning and went straight into my office and worked there all day but I can't. For some reason I never made it back in there today. I'm going to try again tomorrow and shoot for just an hour. If I don't expect Cassie to do a long down stay right off the bat I shouldn't expect it out of myself either. I'll build up in increments just like I am doing with her.

Anyone have a cookie? Chocolate chips are especially high value for me.
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( 12 comments — Leave comment )
August 13th, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC)
Don't have any cookie icons. Want a chocolate?

Good for you for using the office! What helped you make the change?
August 13th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
Chocolate works! LOL Thanks.

Well it was only one day and I think pain had a lot to do with it. I am tired of hurting at the end of the day.

And I really DO have a ton to do and it helps me get a lot done. I don't know what my problem is except that I don't create new habits easily.

I'm about to try and move in there now.
August 13th, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
Oatmeal walnut . . .mmmmm....
August 13th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
Mmm...we had the most amazing walnut rosemary flatbread last night. It would work too.
August 13th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
Fantastic, Susan, that you spent five hours in your office.

And I think it's smart to shoot for an hour today. Sometimes the time builds, sometimes it doesn't: being there at all is the thing.
August 13th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
Re: wow!
Thanks, Jeannine. I might have overdone it so I think yes, an hour would be good today. Heading there now.
August 13th, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
My female doxie scams us for cookie treats. It is really pathetic the way she has us trained. Loved reading this. Jone
August 15th, 2009 05:37 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jone. Yeah, they train us well, don't they?
August 14th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
YAY, Susan! And double yay on pacing yourself today. I just baked some oatmeal chocolate-chip cookie bars and wish I could send some right now...
August 15th, 2009 05:38 am (UTC)
Mmmm.......thanks for the support. It's so hard to make these changes but I'm getting more and more determined.
August 14th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
What's "stay" mean again?
August 15th, 2009 05:37 am (UTC)
LOL. You really have your hands full.
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