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Back-to-back play dates! Today’s was in a yard with a lot of fruit on the ground. Peggy struggled not to guard pears from Jasper-the-collie, but overall did better than expected. She readily gave them to humans (phew), and Jasper was very respectful of her signals.

As usual, they spent a lot of time giving each other funny little kisses.

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And posed prettily when asked:

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If you want to see some guarding in action, check out Peggy in the background:

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But she wasn’t very committed...

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And unlike her past episodes, it didn’t take much to coax her away to play.

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Home to sleep, please!

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Bringing Gracie to work with me was the greatest gift. I think she felt the same way. Most of the time she’d snooze like this:

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But she was also a dedicated supervisor of lunch breaks.

She’d also sometimes wander out of my office, seemingly for no reason at all, and I’d spot her later getting quiet pets from someone who obviously needed a little pause in their day. Once her job there was done, she’d stroll back into my office and resume her perch next to my desk.
 

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Peggy's eyes speak volumes. I don't always understand, but good thing you do, Mom!
I don’t always understand either! Lol. She brings us items now to signal all sorts of things. The stick seemed to be an attempt to trade for foam from my latte.
 

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“Hold it” is still a work in progress, but when she gets it, she really gets it.

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I was even able to chat with her a bit, without inadvertently cueing her to drop it.

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Pretty impressive for a dog who drops things so enthusiastically now, she literally threw a sock onto the kitchen counter the other day. :ROFLMAO:
 

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After getting a lecture about why poodles shouldn’t put their tongues in human mouths, Peggy decided to start snooping through some boxes she’s ignored for the past few weeks.

Caught in the act!

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Today I’m making a final push to reassemble our house (we were doing some minor renovations) so I guess she figured it was now or never.
 

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How old is Peggy? I can’t believe that there is a stuffie on the ground with all it’s limbs intact and I also noticed you’re lovely leather ottoman. Those would be eaten up here in a second. And “hold it” trick. Fat chance with W. it would turn into a “chew and swallow as quickly as I can” trick! Please tell me it get’s better!
 

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How old is Peggy? I can’t believe that there is a stuffie on the ground with all it’s limbs intact and I also noticed you’re lovely leather ottoman. Those would be eaten up here in a second. And “hold it” trick. Fat chance with W. it would turn into a “chew and swallow as quickly as I can” trick! Please tell me it get’s better!
Lol. You must have missed the thread where I detailed Peggy’s destruction of Sadie Bear. She had the tail chewed off and the back seam ripped open in minutes. So I removed the stuffing and squeaker and now I just let her play with the “skin.” Or I’ll stuff it with a few half-chewed yak cheeses to make a puzzle.

For some reason having the stuffing and squeaker out really dials down her urge to DESTROY.

She’ll be 2.5 years old this month. :) And yes, it absolutely gets better. Fun classes, lots of positive reinforcement, playing together every day.... That’s our recipe for success. Oh, and puppy proofing isn’t just for puppies!! We’re still very careful about access. Some days she can handle more, some days less. And we’re always mindful of what’s within her reach. She gets lots of rewards for ignoring things that we know might be tempting.
 
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