Y-Bo is happy to report that he has completed his end of the 30/30 Challenge perfectly. He has not missed a single day of getting in his needed exercise. I only missed one January day of walking. But since January is a 31 day month, technically, I have done my 30/30 while Y-Bo has earned some extra credit. (The big show-off!)
During our participation in this event, Y and I have done several things to keep the challenge interesting and fun. We’ve preformed several sessions of ‘refresher’ obedience training with great results. The mental stimulation has been especially good for Y. More importantly, he is much better at listening to me inside the house. In fact, one of the things we’ve worked on has been for him to return to me when I call. And due to our training, he has improved by leaps and bounds! (Side note, I fully admit that he became lazy about answering me, because I was lackadaisical in enforcing that very important rule. My bad.)
Another thing we’ve worked on, this time with very mixed result, is to stop chasing the cats. By not feeding Y-Bo at the same time as I feed the cats, but waiting to feed him after his morning walk, I’ve pretty much eliminated Y’s antsy pacing and lurching in the mornings. The new ’calm’ is lovely. Dinnertime is better than it was, but not as good as I’d like. Night time is a real toss up. Some evenings Y doesn’t seem to know the cats are around, others nights they can’t slink a step away without a Y-pounce. I’ve noticed, however, that the more he and I workout together, the less apt he is too do anything but sleep. Which leads me to believe this problem is one more of boredom and attention-seeking. I don’t worry that he’ll hurt Princess or Jabba. I’ve seen him barrel down on them, then virtually do a flip to avoid stepping on them. Any suggestions on how to stop this behavior would be appreciated! (Not the flip, the chase!)
I wish I’d weighed and measured Y when we first started for I’m sure he has lost a bit of weight–which the vet wanted him to do. We’ve also really cut down on the number of treats, both human and dog, that he gets. I think this has helped with the anti-cat-chasing problem, as well. As for myself, I have lost two pounds and an inch from my waist. (I give credit where credit is due…baby-sitting helps on that matter, too!)
All in all, I think the 30/30 Challenge has provided a wonderful bonding exercise for Y and me, one which we hope to continue throughout 2013. I’d like to thank You Did What With Your Weiner for coming up with the idea and for hosting this adventure! So until next time, I look forward to reading how everybody else did!
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