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Pumpkin is settling into his routines and the girls are finally accepting his presence. Jasmin doesn't grumble as often and the scuffles between Princess and Pumpkin are almost gone; even when they're eating ice cubes, pizza or other "accidentally" dropped food stuffs.
I have taken to putting Pumpkin in a crate at night which has curbed his early morning carpet pissing. I also put him outside much more often.
He still doesn't like bathing but does put up with brushing, nail clipping and other grooming activities. In fact, he loves the individual attention.
Pumpkin is working well off leash, though by no means reliable with distractions. He has learned appropriate heeling and recall positioning. We've also accomplished more tricks along with starting the targeting game with a target stick. He's not very quick on the uptake with this exercise. It's tough opening up a brain that's been shut down for years.
Pumpkin - 2 year old, male, Australian Shepherd.
Miriam Fields-Babineau is the author of 42 pet books and is an animal actor agent.