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Your poor DW - I really feel for her - she must have the patience of a 'saint' !
4 boys in the house - 3 - maybe 4 with trainer wheels on - the mind boggles with all the 'male bonding' that is going to happen in the future !
what a lovely read, to see how your dog is settling in, and building that trust with your family.
rescue stories warm my heart
children and hubby training is very similar in technique to dog training...
find out what they like - get them to earn it. Little things.
With humans - attention and praise can work as well as lollies/treats.
And - as with dogs - screaming and yelling might not work as well as training a different behaviour that is incompatible with the one you don't want.
Plus children copy what the grown ups do. So if the grown ups scream and yell and occasionally slap - the children will copy it... it's quite eye opening...
Hope she hears this often. Hope even more you occasionally (or often) do some job that she usually does around the home, just to make her life a little easier - it's way more romantic than flowers... and less fattening than chocolate.Saints have nothing on my wife. Saints only wish they could be as saintly as my wife. I am a lucky man.
p.s. Serena has chosen to split her inside time between her safe place in my den and a doggy mattress I have for her in the family room. I didn't coax her, I just showed her where it was and hey presto, there she was. Of course, when I am in my den, she is in there with me.
I love osso bucco - you're going to have to post a recipe...I used to be a chef in my younger days so I do the cooking in my house and I am a little possessive of my kitchen
But to get the romantic hit your very tolerant missus deserves... you have to do something extra over and above what you normally do.
Strange (or perfectly normal) how blokes think if they do anything or even a lot around the house that they're doing enough. Most women know - it's never enough but that little bit extra is always welcome.
I love the surveys that compare what men think they do around the house with an actual audit of what they actually do. And how that compares with what the wife does and an audit of what she does (even if she works full time and he thinks he's doing all the house hold chores).
Not saying that's how it goes in your house but I've seen it happen in my parents' home and in friends homes, and with my siblings' families.
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