This is my 13 month update on Bailey. We’ve come a long way and have made a lot of progress. These days she seems to be wagging her tail almost constantly. I feel she has started to enjoy being a dog. She likes people to pet her and make a fuss over her. She likes to play but still doesn’t understand the concept of giving the toy up to play catch. We’re working on that and she is much better now at play than she use to be. She would rather you chase her for the toy which we will do with them.
Bailey really likes being in the yard. Before she wouldn’t stay out or even go out without our other dog Holly being there. Now Holly comes in and Bailey is still outside. She really loves playing in the snow. It’s so funny watching her play because she appears to be all legs with little coordination. When she comes running towards the door, all you see are her legs and hers ears.
One of Bailey’s favorite pass times is still laying by the fire. Sometimes Bailey will even rest her head on Holly’s chest. She is still unsure when Holly wants to snuggle next to her. Bailey no longer has an issue with anyone touching her ears. The only thing she is a little sensitive about having touched is her tail.
We have started our second canine good citizen class. She is doing very well and the chance for success is looking very favorable. She is much more relaxed. During class, she’ll even lay down when she is tired or bored. She’s had a few dogs come face to face with her and, generally speaking, she has not had an issue. We are still taking private classes and will continue with those as they have proven to be quite helpful not only for Bailey but also for me.
Once in a while, Bailey will counter surf but that is usually when no one is in the room. I’ve been able to leave towels on the kitchen counter and quest towels in the powder room for about three months now. The only time she steals them is when she wants attention or is bored. She no longer runs and hides when she has taken something. She’ll usually drop it where she is.
Bailey is turning into a very loving and affectionate dog. She is very smart and really tries to please. She is a wonderful addition to our home. She has even become so comfortable that she likes to sleep in Holly’s crate bottom which is located in the laundry room. When she started sleeping in Holly’s crate, I figured it was time to move her into the laundry room. So now they sleep side by side in the laundry with the door always left open.