Now, although some things still do drive her mad, she is so much better, and a good girl.
Want to know the trick?
It is this.
Leave it works for everything - an essential part of Eva's life.
She realises, if I leave it, I get a treat! Hey, isn't that clever!
We have been training her to be calm using this command and I must tell you a few stories.
In the morning, when my husband makes coffee, he has to grind the beans first. Last time, Eva would go crazy, barking her head off at 7am. Now, she goes to a down position immediately, and does a leave it until she is released. No noise, no movement.
Another incident is when my oven beeps. Nowadays, wherever I am in the house, she will find me and let me know my oven is beeping. Then she will lead me to the kitchen, sit and wait for me to do what I'm doing, and then she gets a treat! Jackpot!
When Mika is fed for his dinner, in order to stop her running about crazily, we do another leave it command. So she waits until my husband feeds Mika, comes back, and gives her the extra treat she is waiting for.
Ok, yes, she still barks at other things, like this...
But you know what, sometimes it's hard to 'leave it' when things like the lawn mower are much much more interesting!!
So here's to my good girl.
A little crazy and devilish sometimes,
But most of the time, a little angel!