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SoCS: Healthy Relationships and Dog Treats


 Our prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “how.” Use the word “how” in your post. Bonus points if you start your post with it. Enjoy! Thanks, Linda!

How to read a “how to” book:

  1. If it’s a long book, skip to the chapter that actually tells you, how to.
  2. If it’s a short book, go ahead and read through.
  3. Come back to the other sections of the long book as needed.

That’s how I read a “how to book,” anyway. Maybe it’s not the best way, but that seems to work for me.

A short how to book that’s easy to read through would be my book, From Loneliness to Love, Five Steps for Finding a Healthy Relationship. (You can find it on the right sidebar.) And that’s all I’m going to say about that, unless I come back to it, because this IS after all stream of consciousness writing.

How to get up earlier: Go to bed earlier.

How to go to bed earlier: Turn off the TV.

How to turn off the TV: Push the off button.

How to push the off button: Set an alarm to tell you to. Nope. Not gonna do that.

How to get more exercise without hurting myself: Go to a physical therapist (appointment scheduled) and keep doing yoga, stretch regularly while watching TV and on the computer. Like right now….

How to strengthen a healthy relationship: Do fun stuff together.

David and I went to the beach last week. It was nice. We need to go more since it’s only 20 minutes away. I’m hoping we can walk the dog together in the evening, but he still needs more training to make it an enjoyable experience. (The dog needs more training, not so much David.)

I’ve been watching a lot of “how to” dog training videos and have scheduled a consultation with another trainer recommended by a friend. They use e-collars, though this is not required. At this point, I’m willing to give it a try since it’s a vibration I will try on myself first of course. If there was ever a dog that needed something like this, it could be Marley. His lunges make me worried concerned about things like shoulder dislocation. David has to wear his hand brace for several more weeks due to a Marley lunge.

Marley is making progress, but those squirrels still drive him crazy. A few days ago, there was a turtle or tortoise just on the other side of the fence minding its own business, and Marley went nuts over a turtle! He even barked at it, and he rarely barks. I was able to get the leash on him and get him to take some training treats for moving away from the turtle and get him back into the house. Fortunately, the turtle tortoise was not there when we went out back again. The videos I watch (from two different programs) use A LOT of training treats. So far, he still likes them.

I’ve been working hard in the backyard urban forest to get ahead of the vines and thin things out so I can keep an eye on Marley and hopefully nudge wildlife to move elsewhere. Oh! That reminds me, I learned at the farm animal sanctuary where I volunteer that hanging a paper bag up that looks like a wasp nest will discourage wasps from building nests. I need to put one on both of my porches.

Maybe I can find some related photos without going too far out of the stream.

Healthy Relationships include having fun together and recognizing strengths in spite of challenges. Marley is very sweet and well behaved in the house where there are no squirrels. He probably thinks I’m a nag for dragging him away from interesting things and not letting him eat the lantana or dig to China. But I’m the one with the training treats.


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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

23 thoughts on “SoCS: Healthy Relationships and Dog Treats

  1. Marley sounds like a lot of fun to have around! My Kairi is obsessed with the chipmunks under our deck and the squirrels in the trees. They must be eradicated!! Today she’s not so interested in the great outdoors because we’ve got a bit of construction going on out on the road by the house. She has decided that the big trucks win, and can have the whole property. She’ll hide away inside until they’re done.

    • Aw. Poor Kairi. I bet she’ll be glad when the construction work is done so she can get back to her job. Marley is fun. He acts like he’s 2 instead of 6. Dogs. Gotta love ’em. 🙂

  2. Marley appears to be a strong, independent spirit who wants to have his cake (turtles and such) and eat the training kibble too. I hope the new trainer can help with the lunges. My brother’s life partner has a Norwegian Elkhound who insists on leading in a certain direction and doing his own thing. When I took him for walks last fall, I had to short leash him to avoid lunges and we had a few “talks” about who was in charge. He’s a good boy, but has a definite mind of his own.

    • Your brother’s partner’s elkhound sounds a lot like Marley. I’m learning that keeping the leash short and close attention are crucial, though generally we only walk in the yard or to the car. Thanks for the reinforcement.

  3. Good luck with Marley. It takes time. Nice job with the prompt.

  4. Thank you for sharing!!.. I had a Jack Russell, she were 4 months old when I get her and I were her 4th owner… using my farm learning, I found the best way were to learn together, sharing our likes and dislikes, etc. she learned some things from me and I learned from her and we got along famously… had her for 15 years before she passed away… 🙂

    Until we meet again…
    May your day be touched
    by a bit of Irish luck,
    Brightened by a song
    in your heart,
    And warmed by the smiles
    of people you love.
    (Irish Saying)

  5. Good for you for working hard to make sure Marley learns with love and patience. I don’t have the patience for a puppy. I have mostly adopted senior rescue dogs.

  6. oh the dog and tortoise is cute !

  7. Nice

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