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From: Saysfaa (24.192.130.226)
Subject:         Charlie is a sweetheart, here is my plan for training the humans
Date: May 15, 2008 at 11:49 am PST

#1, the mother in law (brother in law's mom)... Charlie to doggie day care on her days. Bro and Sis love her dearly, but know she won't listen to them. So, they've agreed to get Charlie out of the house on her days.

#2, Bro. If it were just him and Charlie, I think they would be fine with no help. But he doesn't know enough about how dogs communicate to sort out everyone else's problems, and what he does doesn't work for the others. I'm explaining as much as I can so his good relationship with Charlie can be better and so he can help the others after I leave. Also, Mom (sister-in-law's mom) thinks bro is the biggest problem. She is wrong, but that is what she thinks. She was a lot more willing to listen to me when I told her that bro was really listening to me. I'm going to ask two things of bro... the doggie day care (which he has agreed to, I think), and to be consistant about the stealing stuff... he says he really doesn't mind if Charlie takes things sometimes. I'm going to put it to him that he can see the problem Mom has with Charlie and this is important to fixing it.

#3 Sis, physically can't do anything more strenuous than lifting five pounds. She is watching me with Charlie and really getting. She came up with two things about it today. She said, it isn't the going up and down the steps that wore him out, it was the mental exercies of having to pay attention to what I was doing all the time. It gave him a job to do. Also, the more he reacts to what I do, the easier it is for him to get what I want him to do. Bro is going to ask her to tie Charlie to her when she is well enough.

#4 Mom. This is the biggest challenge. She doesn't understand dogs and doesn't particularily want to. She just doesn't want to deal with Charlie's antics. I asked her what she wanted changed. She said the stealing stuff is number one, charging barking hysterically at the door is another, and jumping on the counters to take things is number three. I told her I could tell her how to not have these problems with Charlie. But she doesn't realize she is going to have to do some things that are uncomfortable for her. I honestly don't know if she can do it... technically if she WILL do it. Oh, gotta go. I'm trying to map out how I'm going to deal with the people.

If Callie or anyone has imput or advice on any of this, it is very, very welcomed.


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