With all of the challenges Tasha has had in her life, I love that when we take her to daycare, she is loved for the sweet soul that she is. Can she get over-excited? Definitely, but daycare doesn’t label her as a “bad dog” and because of that, she is able to really thrive there.
The past couple of days, Tasha has really been trying to push/test boundaries at home. We were expected it because it happens whenever LD and I both get stressed. Trust me, with this whole housing thing going on and trying to get a bunch of paperwork in order, we are stressed. When I say pushing boundaries, I mean she keeps doing something until the third time we correct her rather than the first time like usual. Is is annoying? Yes. Is it something to be concerned about and something that shows backward progress? No. It’s just the little cattle dog. She wants to know that even though things are changing the rules are still the same. No big deal.
So, yesterday, when I asked the daycare worker if Tasha had been pushing boundaries at daycare as well, she told me how much of a helper Tasha has been trying to be the past few weeks. After the dogs eat lunch, Tasha sticks around to make sure all of the other dogs have gone back to their playgroups before she goes back to hers. Yesterday, that daycare worker’s dog (also a cattle dog mix) and Tasha were having a “help off.” They were apparently both trying to be the most helpful, most obedient dogs. It apparently took about 5 minutes to convince them after lunch that they should go back to their playgroups as there was nothing left to help with. That’s my girl!