Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Graceful is Not Her Middle Name

Today Fiona is six months and two days.  Just like for my kids I am recording a development milestone for her.

This morning I was running a little late and didn't start our morning walk right after Kade got on the bus.  When I came back downstairs I found Fi in the foyer looking out the window.  I knew the gate was closed.  I had been the last one through it.  I put her back behind the gate and finished getting ready for our walk.

We took our walk, about 3 miles, and when we came home I found a very unpleasant surprise that Fiona had left for me.  She had pooped in the family room.  What is up with that?  I was so not happy.  I cleaned it up with Fi behind bars.  I ran upstairs to quickly do something and she somehow escaped the gate again.  This time to pee in the living room.  While cleaning this up I heard her jump over the gate, well, really jump and then land.  I gave her a good chewing out and tossed her in the crate.  I had had enough of her ornery three-year-old like behavior.

After lunch I worked with her a little on ringing a bell to let me know she needs to go out.  (This is the only complaint I really have about her, the fact that she doesn't communicate to me that she needs to go out.  It'll come but I'm a little impatient.)  Then I set up the camera in hopes of recording her jumping the gate.  I went upstairs to wait.  I didn't wait long.

Have you ever seen a Fi fly?  No?  Well check this out.
The other times she jumped she made it the first time or I would have heard her crash.  We think this video is hilarious but I'm concerned that I won't be able to keep her separated/segregated when I need to unless she's crated.  I hate to crate her more than I have to but if this behavior continues then that's where she'll be.  I have to wonder if the chewing out and the time out worked.  She hasn't jumped the gate since.  Maybe I need to look into doing some kind of agility training with her.  That's quite a jump she has, don't you think?

By the way, her middle name is June or June bug if you want to make it longer.


Mickey said...

I'm starting to call her hip hop mop. That dog has some serious hops.

Amanda and Chris said...

Oh man I laughed so hard at her final jump! That's awesome