I have just had some major life changes, to say the least. I quit my job of 5 years at the building supply store I worked at. It was just time for me to move on, I’m still not sure what I am moving on to yet, but that’s okay at this stage. I need to regroup and do something I adore.
I also got a puppy. Now I know better than anyone what this involves. It took me a long time to decide, I knew I wanted a dog and went through a few phases. At first I thought an older dog was the answer, you know save the dog that no one wants. Give her the last few years of her life some quality and love. My brother talked me out of that. He said and older dog wouldn’t keep up and I wouldn’t have them to love for long, never mind the vet bills that could possibly be involved in that.
My brother is a smart guy. So I really thought about it and weighed the facts. He wasn’t wrong. And then fate stepped in and sent me Sophie. It was love the instant I saw her. And the rest is history.
I have been off work for a little over a month now, it’s been busy, with Christmas in the mix. But now January is here I find myself flailing a little. I’m not surprised, January is always a hard month. Crap weather, the empty feeling that comes after the excitement of the holidays and the knowledge that spring is still 70 something days away.
Some days it’s just too crappy out to walk twice which has become our daily routine, and as you know if you have a pup, they get just as bored as we do. So to this I say thank goodness for Pinterest. And here is one of the things I have learned to keep the puppy crazies to a minimum, and it is so easy that you can do it right now.
My first recommendation is to use treats that are not crumbly, this is from experience. Fun yes. Messy yes. My favourite training treats are Charlee Bear treats. They don’t crumble and Sophie loves them.
Now…find three old dish towels that are fairly thin, they need to be easy to tie. Open up first dish towel and lay flat, in the first one I put the most treats as this will be in the center once you are done.
Roll that baby up…
Repeat this with the other two towels, space the treats out randomly. Once that is done stack those babies together. You can throw some treats in the center of these as you go as well.
Now tie those bad boys up like this…
Stupid easy right? And Sophie was busy for about 15 minutes trying to find all the treats! And then she needed a sleep. Win. Double freaking win.
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Happy New Year to all, and here is to a fabulous 2023!