Thursday, January 06, 2011

Progress...to an extent.

Yesterday I took Murphy out while I ran errands. And then we went to the park to train for a bit. I put him on his lead and we worked on coming when called, staying when put, and...well ok, that's about it. But what else do you really need a dog to do?

Here he is, getting miffed because I keep making him sit, then walking away. Sometimes I call him to me, and other times I just walk back to him. Either way, he gets a treat if he doesn't break move until I release him.He did good. Real good. So we came home and I put him out on the deck for a while so I could make dinner in peace. A short time later, I heard a sound that I've been waiting weeks to hear: BARKING!!! A neighbor had pulled into her driveway and Murphy was barking at her. YAY!

Now you can only understand how happy I am once I tell you that Murphy has been a very quiet dog since coming here. He hasn't barked at anything or anyone other than people like The Spud who've tried to pet him. But I want a watchdog that barks when people come around, if only so that I know that they're there. So I've been waiting for him to do this, and finally, yesterday, he let loose with a great, deep, ferocious-sounding barking. It was great. I was so proud of him. I brought him in and lavished praise upon him. I petted him and told him what a good dog he was. I was still praising him when he reached up and grabbed a catfish fillet right off the counter.

Damn dog.

9 comments:

  1. Well, it certainly sounds like he is beginning to get that this is home, not just a temporary crash pad. And it sure sounds like he's making himself at home as well. LOL!

    You know, as often as your dogs steal food I think you allow it. You keep leaving it out for them to get, knowing that they will. Is this a passive aggressive way of treating them without encouraging them to beg you? ;)

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  2. It took Ranger FOREVER to decide to bark! But just when I was worried I read that some Shepherds do not develop that instinct until 1 or 1.5 yrs. And what do you know - just after a year old he finally lets loose.

    Goodness but Murphy is getting handsome...

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  3. 10-80...Lagniappe knew the difference between MINE and HIS and he respected it. This guy hasn't quite gotten it down yet.

    And he's only ripped me off twice--a loaf of bread and a piece of fish--so it's not like he's making a habit of it.

    He'll learn.

    Oh, and tell Mrs. 80 that she needs to put up more posts.

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  4. That is just awesome! That made me laugh.

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  5. Thanks for the laugh.Sorry about the lost fish.

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  6. LOL- Gotcha again didn't he :-) It's ALWAYS one day at a time, as you well know. But the progress seems good so far!

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  7. Pond-raised or river-caught, you didn't say.
    Could be the dog just has good taste, you know?

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  8. Don't tell my Louisiana friends, but it was just-thawed frozen Vietnamese.

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  9. I am loving the stories about Murphy!! He definitely has a personality all of his own! :)

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