i have been letting the dogs in for brief bouts of time during the day…jasper goes to the backdoor and lets me know when she wants them in (or herself out, she isn’t picky) and if i am feeling up to it, i let them in for a bit…and since everyone, dogs included, are behaving so well, i have been letting them in several times a day and earlier in the evenings…and man, oh, man, have we have been working on jasper lilith – dog training her, you might say – to not sit on them or hug them around the face or pound on them overly hard…you know, all the stuff that toddlers naturally want to do to dogs!

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there isn’t much we can do about the happy shrieking at this point (“inside voice” is a sophisticated concept for an 18 monther) but we have been working on everything else…

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“be gentle” is the rule when the dogs are inside and lo and behold!!  i believe the little girl is starting to get it!!!  she isn’t perfect but we are getting there…jasper knows that she isn’t allowed to sit on them now so she just tries to sit as close as she can to them :)…and though she still gets overly enthusiastic about hugging and petting them, all i have to say is “be gentle” and she stops what she is doing instantly and starts petting them very carefully while looking up at me with her big and very innocent blue eyes…boy, do those eyes slay me!!

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she gets crazy excited when mocker and roan first come in but if they behave, then i let them stay in for a while and it isn’t long before every doggy and child calms down and they all just go about their business… 

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the dogs themselves have been pretty good – mocker is still on the “shy” side but i think they instinctively know that i would eat them if they ever hurt jasper and so they are careful around her…unfortunately, there isn’t much room for error when it comes to animals; it only takes one quick moment to hurt or scar a little kiddo but we are on the right path…

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