lol guys, yes my house is fun.
Actually feeling really inspired after having a consult with Steve on the weekend and reading a great book by Vicki Hearne about the art of dog training.
I am going back to crates for the house to continue the order and structure and to make things calmer when visitors arrive.
Also going to embark on perfecting the recall with two of the dogs who have developed barking behaviour when uncertain. I can't wait to try the long line work with these guys.
I have realised that the more obedience work I get down with each dog, the more coherant they will be as a pack and in their response as individuals to me when in the group. At the moment, I can go out with any one of them and get high levels of response on and off lead, but once they get together, things get much more complex.
As for the farm - I wish! Just a big suburban yard and lots of exercise and management strategies. I would love to be on property so I didn't have to feel as paranoid about neighbours - I am ultra conservative about how much barking I allow and I think bringing the gang back inside and crating while I am out will ensure they are quiet when I am not home, now they are all old enough and over any seperation issues when we leave.
I really enjoy the challenge of lots of dogs - I do sometimes feel they are treated as a group unit rather than one on one, but I do make the effort to take them out individually as well. Except the barking brother sister duo, but that will have to addressed too, so they can do without each other sometimes.
Oh, and did I mention as a recently single unemployed parent, I often have to push thoughts of illegal gain to pay for the animals, but then come to my senses keep trawling the part time jobs instead, lol.