Wednesday, July 27, 2005

What's a Librarian Without Her Books?

Since Holly is my very first dog, I was at a complete lose of what to do with her. This may sound dumb but I was really concerned. How do I stop her from eating everything that isn't good for her? How do I get her to pay attention to me? How do I teach her simple commands that I assume will make all of our lives easier? Well, I'm not a librarian because I thought the glasses looked cool! I love books, not certain types or specific genres, I mean all book. I love the smell of them and the feel of the paper between my fingers. I love the crap books that should never have been published just as much as I love the classics. So as my family quickly darted out the door the morning after we got her - with not so much as a "Don't forget to feed her" - I began to panic. So I put the pup in her kennel and made my way over to our local bookstore.

I got 'Puppies for Dummies'. I loved it. I don't know if I agree with everything the author talked about, but then I have very
little knowledge to disagree with. Within hours Holly and I were trying out some of the games. The book has great sections on each life stage. If nothing else it made me feel more secure. Since I'm the one home with her the most, especially since school is out for summer, I really felt I needed guidance. This was a great book and a must read for first time puppy owners.

The biggest thing we took from the book was a game. 'Hide & Seek' puppy style. It helps reinforce commands like come and sit. Helps puppy learn his or her name. It even helps puppy identify the names of the people playing. Our roommate, K, and I have done this with Holly a few times and she's already got the game down.

Just goes to show you - where there's a will there is probably a book to show you the way.


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