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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 17th, 2011 4:34pm (Nov 17th 2011)
     
    Again, you work that poor dog too hard...:tooth:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 17th, 2011 5:12pm (Nov 17th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    He's just an embarrassment! :rolling:

    I know CC...pretty much all the photos on this page are of Kasper chilling out on his bed - this dog has a hard life!

    We were very proud of him today. Decided to walk him on the viaduct which, although it's a bit of a rubbish walk, it's the only walk he really gets to see other dogs on. We got to the school, which leads to the viaduct, and it was home time. The pavements were awash with pushchairs, toddlers, kids and parents. The kids were running, screaming, parents were blocking the pavements to chat to each other...nightmare.

    Kasper did amazingly well. He wagged at some of the kids, sniffed some of them, and did very well at weaving between them all and not freaking out. We got to the path expecting things to calm down a little, and there was a dog walking on-lead towards the viaduct. Away from the road the owner let it off and it ran to Kasper growling (Kasper did great, just initiated play). The owner called the dog but of course it didn't listen and just followed us till we got to the viaduct. Then it ran back because it's owner had gone a different way.

    Poor Kasper! And we didn't even see any other dogs whilst we were out!! We did go the long way back though and he got to sniff hello to some young bulls and goats :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2011 5:53pm (Nov 18th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ugh Kasper won't settle and we are tiiiiired!

    Yes Kasper, we understand that on Friday's you are left for five hours and only have three 30 - 45 minute on-lead walks, but please understand we are doing our best for you...zzzzzz!

    Oh I forgot...he tested the Happy Honey icing and thought it was good - see the pink on his nose?! :smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 19th, 2011 6:20pm (Nov 19th 2011)
     
    Could he not sleep under the stall table when you're at the market?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2011 1:51pm (Nov 21st 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ahaha, nooooo! Kasper, sleep?! When he's in an unusual place with lots of people?!? :laugh:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2011 1:53pm (Nov 21st 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    He's been a dope anyway at the moment, refusing to settle :mad:

    He has a bit of a dicky tummy so it's probably related to that, but we're still tearing our hair out here! Alongside everything else that's going on, a naughty pup is not helping :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd, 2011 12:15pm (Nov 23rd 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Poor Kasper is sooo hungry!! We fed him the day before yesterday and he needed to go out twice in the night, so we did the standard 24 hour starve yesterday (apart from a few treats as rewards). He is so miserable today bless him!

    We did give him a meal of plain pasta this morning, but he wolfed it down in seconds and is sniffing and trying to eat everything, following us around when we have food...he's lost a lot of weight and is back to being very ribby again! It reminds me of how he was on his old food, before we found this food that actually manages to keep weight on him! :smile:

    He had a great time last night as we gave him a beef knuckle (that doesn't count as food right?!) and then our friend came around for a bit as well. It's funny how much Kasper loves our friend now, after being terrified a few weeks back and refusing to go in their house. He now loves this guy even more than he loves my dad or my nana, and that's saying something!!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd, 2011 10:48pm (Nov 23rd 2011)
     
    So your friend came around for some beef knuckle too?! LOL!!!

    Can Kasper get to the marrow inside the bone? If so that'll upset his tummy too!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 25th, 2011 1:39pm (Nov 25th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I dunno, they are natural smoked beef knuckle bones so I assume so. We give him them for an hour or so because a) they keep him busy even though he's not eating much, and b) they firm up his number 2's :laugh:

    Kasper's all stressed out at the moment (AND still a bit poorly!) because we are packing. He hates when we pack, or even tidy, and he watches our every move to make sure we're not going anywhere! Of course he's the least helpful dog ever, wanting to get into everything and sniff things out...very amusing :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 25th, 2011 11:22pm (Nov 25th 2011)
     
    Aw bless, Kasper doesn't like moving house - just like me! He'll be OK once its all over I'm sure, and all those new walks he can look forward to ...!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 26th, 2011 8:05pm (Nov 26th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'm not sure how he'll do when we move, because we'll be on an entirely different floor to him at night...which, if we believe what his old owner said (and I actually do regarding this!) she said he was always very destructive overnight (and yeah they had him for 8 months! ). Hopefully with his crate, and because we'll sleep downstairs on the sofabed for the first few nights, he'll be okay...

    Oh, he snapped off his bone tag with his name and number on today somehow, boo :mad:

    STRESSED OUT DOG!! :smile:
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2011 9:01pm (Nov 27th 2011)
     
    Oh, poor Kasper. I hope the move will go well for him and he will surprise you with how well he handles it.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2011 11:50pm (Nov 27th 2011)
     
    He has that look of "I'm going to play you up something rotten over this!" I assume he'll sleep in his crate so that should curb his destructiveness, also he has better owners now! :wink:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 20th, 2011 6:17pm (Dec 20th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Kasper is completely settled in the new house now - he has taken over Ron's bedroom and Ron is downstairs, as we realised we couldn't bare having our tort up there getting lonely :smile:

    We did have one 'incident' where we think we forgot to lock the crate door properly when we went out...we got back from our friend's 3 hours later, I opened the door and yelled "Hi Kasp!", and this big furry thing flung itself at me from the couch!! :rolling:

    We don't know how long he'd been out for, but he hadn't done a single thing wrong *proud look* There were magazines, books, wires, slippers, all sorts lying about and he hadn't done anything wrong, bless him. If this wasn't a rented house we might consider leaving him free-range when we go out, but as it is...

    Kasper LOVES our fire too, as you can see :laugh:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 20th, 2011 6:20pm (Dec 20th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    A pic of him finishing some liver, sharing a sledge with Lyle (Lyle's first sledge and we broke it the only time we took it out by going into a wall :rolling: !), on his bed, and a walk in the woods :smile:

    Oh, and a snow dog too! Kasper LOVES the snow - a little too much, it sends him even more hyper than normal...

    Kasper's met lots and lots of 'strangers' recently too, lots of them male, and he's done really well with them all. Out on walks he greets dogs and their owners too now, which he's never done before - a little embarrassing if he jumps up, but it's worth it because I really think we're getting somewhere with his fear now.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 20th, 2011 9:06pm (Dec 20th 2011)
     
    Always cook liver, Red; I was told by the vet that raw liver can lead to arthritic problems - in cats, anyway. I suppose dogs are similar?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 20th, 2011 10:01pm (Dec 20th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hmm, I'm not sure. I think it's okay...it's widely used in raw / BARF diets for dogs, and always noted as being healthy as long as they're not given too much (something to do with Vit A I think...?)

    http://rawfed.com/myths/feedraw.html

    He never gets very much, just the remnants from baking day!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 21st, 2011 10:53pm (Dec 21st 2011)
     
    I hope Lyle is getting some new socks for Crimbo!!! :biggrin:

    You are wonderful doggy parents - he is doing really well and we are all proud of him too!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd, 2011 5:22pm (Dec 22nd 2011)
     
    Hear hear, Kate; I wish all dog owners were as good as Red & Lyle!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd, 2011 6:41pm (Dec 23rd 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: KatebI hope Lyle is getting some new socks for Crimbo!!!


    Ha, that's one of his better ones!!! He has socks that only cover half his foot and still refuses to throw them away...I thought I was bad but I have to sneak them in the bin when he's not looking!

    I wrapped the last of the dog's presents the other day, and gave him a beef knuckle to keep him occupied...he was really good, wasn't a pain and didn't even take a peek at them!! :laugh:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd, 2011 6:54pm (Dec 23rd 2011)
     
    Lookit them FANGS!!! :D
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd, 2011 8:51pm (Dec 23rd 2011) edited
     
    Posted By: RedI wrapped the last of the dog's presents the other day, and gave him a beef knuckle to keep him occupied...he was really good, wasn't a pain and didn't even take a peek at them!!


    Well Red I just mistakingly let Dodger into our bedroom Ware Sara was wrapping up his presents !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! needles to say i had to get him out very quickly!!!!!

    Last picture looks great red looks like you have put him into a trance !!!!! :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 24th, 2011 12:21pm (Dec 24th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahaha! Kasper was in a nark this morning (we were eating scones and he wasn't!) so he decided to start opening Lyle's mum's pressie haha :tooth:

    He cheered up after because I gave him his empty advent calander to shred...hold on I got some pics actually :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 27th, 2011 9:28pm (Dec 27th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We did have a very nice Christmas, and my parents both said how sweet Kasper was. He didn't need any help opening his presents (in fact he wanted to open everybody's!!) and he was just so overexcited...he LOVED all his presents! Very cute as my Grandparents bought him a toy too which I thought was sweet :smile:

    My first Christmas with a dog was absolutely perfect, we both loved it...it was mine and Lyle's first Christmas together too! Out of the six toys Kasper got, only two survived past Christmas Day...his favourite, and the one that got shredded and spread around the whole house, was the duck my parents got him...

    The first photo is one of my favourites of both Kasper and Lyle - they look so gorgeous :heart:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2011 6:36pm (Dec 30th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I bought the dog LOTS of stuff...he may be slightly spoilt :tooth:

    Me and my parents went to the Ostrich-less farm today and they've started selling dog chews in their shop, very reasonably priced too, so he got some of them. Then we went to Pets At Home and I bought a puzzle feeder which he LOVES! (although I can't unscrew it to clean it now so it better not be broken!), a replica ball of the one he shredded, and some more chews too :smile:

    This is a video of him figuring it out:

    http://s266.photobucket.com/albums/ii264/Red_Jellybean/?action=view¤t=DSCF1071.mp4

    He's got it now!

    http://s266.photobucket.com/albums/ii264/Red_Jellybean/?action=view¤t=DSCF1074.mp4

    And look at the giddy fool with his squeaky!

    http://s266.photobucket.com/albums/ii264/Red_Jellybean/?action=view¤t=DSCF1079.mp4
    And some pics :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2011 6:49pm (Dec 30th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahahaha oh he is SO annoyingly clever!!! He has learnt that by balancing the rubber ball on the fire grate he makes me get up to stop it melting!! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2011 7:04pm (Dec 30th 2011)
     
    SLIGHTLY spoilt???? OOoo, I don't think so....:rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2011 1:09pm (Dec 31st 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Nah you're right, he probably counts as abused...!

    I might be writing to Pets At Home and complaining, because after one use the yellow base doesn't unscrew from the top part. I think a piece of Kibble or something must have jammed, because it's nothing me or the dog did!

    You can still use it, you just can't wash it so it might not last very long! Kasper loves it though, he had his breakfast in it today and he got every last piece of kibble out (I had to help with the last handfull the first time he did it).
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2012 10:39pm (Jan 2nd 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I don't know how much more abuse our dog can tolerate... :tooth:
    We were watching Buffy...it put the dog to sleep! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2012 10:43pm (Jan 2nd 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    And him hoofing the feeder around the room...he can push it from one side of the room to the other now with his nose, then go back and hoover up all the dropped pieces of kibble :smile:
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    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd, 2012 5:55am (Jan 3rd 2012)
     
    ha ha ha clever puppy:cheer:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd, 2012 12:28pm (Jan 3rd 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Idiot puppy! :001_tongue:

    He's been in a very 'shreddy' mood this morning, so we have been providing fun things for him to destroy. So far he's had a plastic bottle and several letters / magazine pages with kibble wrapped inside...our living room floor is awash with shredded bits of litter...

    I love having a dog :001_smile:

    *edit* hahahaha just as I typed that he picked up a piece of paper and went and held it by the fire as if to toast it! It was hilarious! He loves trying to balance things on the fire to make me get up :tooth:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd, 2012 8:46pm (Jan 3rd 2012) edited
     
    I loved the videos of Kasper..my little Jack Russell Loves Christmas too..she was so excited to open her gifts Christmas morning. I had to take a video of her too..mostly all you see is her tail end wagging endlessly.(like she needed more toys...she's spoiled rotten to the core as it is):face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 4th, 2012 6:50pm (Jan 4th 2012)
     
    Dogs do love Christmas time, but cats only like the bit when they get their turkey dinner, and then love turning their noses up at it on boxing day and scrape their paws around it as if to say we ain't eating that its sh*t.:face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2012 6:56pm (Jan 5th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Cats poo-poo everything, whereas dogs love life. Dogs are so much cooler than cats :001_tt2:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2012 11:24pm (Jan 5th 2012)
     
    Cats are independent and beautiful - no bloomin' slobbering and walking them in all weathers!! :wink:

    Dogs have owners, cats have slaves.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 6th, 2012 3:09pm (Jan 6th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Dogs have slaves too :laugh:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 6th, 2012 3:13pm (Jan 6th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    He's happily settled back at home now :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 6th, 2012 11:20pm (Jan 6th 2012)
     
    But when your dog is almost as cute as a cat (now it's MY turn to duck!) its no surprise that it gets waited on hand and foot! :biggrin:

    Love the toothy smile photo!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2012 11:49am (Jan 7th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: KatebBut when your dog is almost as cute as a cat


    Cats aren't cute!!! :001_tongue:

    We didn't even put that cushion under his head...he did it himself! :rolling:

    He was good as gold on his walk today; there was a man with a camera on a tripod taking photos of the waterfall and Kasper went and wagged hello then lay in the water beside him for a drink (the man's face was priceless haha!), there were a group of hikers he greeted and didn't jump up at (or try to steal their hiking sticks!), then he met a small dog on a retractable lead (who's owners didn't seem to understand how those worked...) which said hello to him politely before jumping onto his back yapping and snarling...Kasper walked away wagging whilst the owners screamed, "Will you help me with this lead!" "Why aren't you helping me with it?!" "Will you just get the bloody dog!!" etc etc :001_rolleyes::001_rolleyes:

    Then as we walked back he jumped at a wall to wag at some horses, which was really cute, and managed to scare an old man to death by rounding a corner :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2012 1:26pm (Jan 7th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We have decided Bubba will be very jealous of the new boys, because up to this point he has been our baby, we haven't had anymore pets since him! :smile:

    This is a video of Kasper the crazy wired dog chasing after a hide cricket ball too!
    http://s266.photobucket.com/albums/ii264/Red_Jellybean/?action=view¤t=DSCF1115.mp4

    Whilst waiting for the rats to return I let him shred some old papers I had, and a stuffed toy too...the toy quacked out the tune to 'Old McDonald', so occasionally quacked whilst Kasper was destroying it. The second photo is quality :laugh:
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2012 7:25pm (Jan 7th 2012)
     
    Kasper made short work out of that toy..he looks very pleased with himself in the last picture.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2012 8:33pm (Jan 7th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    He was sooo tired afterwards! Mental stimulation almost takes as much out of him as off-lead exercise! I've left him with a couple of scraps and, because he was very excitable when he just got let out (I think because of the smell of the rats) I hid some kibble in the scraps for him to find, so he's busy with that now :smile:

    He got a doggie hot dog too, because he waited so patiently whilst we had Banjo out...
    :)
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    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 9th, 2012 2:30am (Jan 9th 2012)
     
    I was going to say that cats:045: are way cuter than dogs and my cat especially but as it's a doggy thread I wouldn't dream of it:hurray:
    Nice pics of Kasper and I always compliment him Red even though I am not a doggy kind of person. (Goes back to childhood fears I guess). What an unholy mess of that toy, poor widdle ducky?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 9th, 2012 1:22pm (Jan 9th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks TM! :) He loves making a mess...and likes to 'help' tidy it up afterwards (ie. pull it outta your hands and scatter it around the room again!!) :rolling:

    I've been trying to educate people recently about how dogs work, as a lot of people (family or friends) have been bugging me with comments about how we shouldn't "tiptoe" around Kasper and that he needs to be forced into things to learn they're okay...so I've been sending people lots of links explaining shutdown, counter conditioning, and why the dominance theory is a load of ****!

    I'm trying to write a 'book' / leaflet to educate people (aimed at dog owners and people who don't like dogs alike) about how to behave around dogs and what a dog's behaviour could mean. It's gonna be about things dog's find scary which humans do automatically (eg. eye contact), things to calm dogs down, why the dominance theory is tosh and why dogs don't need to be 'dominated' by humans, and how aggression isn't the dog being dominant but being scared.

    I figured maybe charities or rehoming centres might want to print it as a leaflet and have it on a desk for people to pick up. I could have a useful links bit at the back too.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 10th, 2012 12:42am (Jan 10th 2012)
     
    Sounds like a brilliant idea Red. Great idea about distributing to all sorts of places, pet shop, vets, local council office and of course at your stall at the markets. We sometimes receive extra info with our rates notices about animal responsibility.

    At the local cafe near here the owner has recently bought a gorg black lab. They are being really wonderful with training him and I have been making myself go out the back to pat him. I am not so nervous around him as he doesn't jump up at me which is really reassuring. He is 3 or 4 months and responds already to several commands, sooooo keen to learn.I have been using him to help overcome my fears but still have to be careful as I have balance issues and could be easily knocked over. Th point is they are being responsible owners and training him and he gets to go to the farm on the weekends.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 10th, 2012 7:33pm (Jan 10th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Sounds very sweet :) There was a cute Lab puppy in pets at home today being carried around and watching the world go by. I can't wait to get a pup one day down the line ^_^

    Had an immense training session today. I usually go for a few minutes' at a time, because it's best to teach dogs in very short fun sessions, but today Kasp was so on the ball we were going for at least fifteen minutes. He was loving it! We did all his commands, I had him 'touch'ing all the way around the room, he's mastered 'on your bed' and if given the command at the other side of the room will race over and leap onto his bed, then wait to be told to get off...
    Was fun :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 14th, 2012 11:38pm (Jan 14th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Some photos of my bubba dog...he's being on top form recently, despite managing to bloody up another toenail by mountain climbing!! It only bled a tiny bit though and wasn't pulled off or anything, so nothing to worry about.

    I'm trying to fatten him up at the moment by feeding slightly larger meals, extra veg (carrots are a fave!), extra treats and non-homemade treats too. He's a skinny little thing; I put it down to him doing so much exercise what with it being particularly cold too!

    3rd one down, playful oaf got my arm 'accidentally' stuck in his mouth when yawning...this happens constantly because he knows hands aren't supposed to go in mouths! I'm so glad I got a photo of this he looks so...special :tooth:
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 15th, 2012 6:30am (Jan 15th 2012)
     
    That boy has got some BIG teeth, Red..wow!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 15th, 2012 12:28pm (Jan 15th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh yeah, he has some impressive fangs! You should see my perfectly circular bruises from when we're playfighting and he thinks my hand is the toy in his gob hahaha :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 16th, 2012 5:08pm (Jan 16th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Bah the dog has semi-broken my touchpad mouse by slobbering a bit on it!!
    Actually bought two reasonably priced things from Pets At Home today *gasp* :gasp: One was a cheap reduced toy (the plastic felt really hard so thought it might last...I was wrong!!) and the other was a tin of really high quality wet dog food (only £1.05) which I thought I'd mix with his tea as a treat...if you use it as a full diet though Kasper would need 5 - 8 cans a day so that's not cheap at all haha!! It is good stuff though.

    He chewed a point off the star in literally 2 minutes, so I put kibble in the rest and made it into a puzzle feeder...I don't understand how the star gets shredded but Mr Cog, who's rubbery and bendy, hasn't been destroyed in the 6 months we've had him!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 16th, 2012 7:33pm (Jan 16th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Well, Kasper loved his second treat! :)

    The food got two massive paws-up from Kasper...he was way excited about it and wolfed it down in record time. I mixed half in with his usual amount of kibble, and he can have the rest with breakfast tomorrow.

    The ingredients are (from most to least): chicken, carrots, peas, white beans, tuna, long grain rice, brown rice, sunflower oil, vitamins.

    What a cracking list of ingredients!! The meat isn't even chicken 'meal' or derivatives! Compared to Pedigree wet food:

    Meat and Animal Derivatives (min. 42%, including min. 4% Fresh Meat, 11% Tripe), Cereals, Vegetable Protein Extracts,Derivatives of Vegetable Origin, Oils and Fats (including min. 0.5% Sunflower Oil), Minerals
    Wow :gasp:

    I was really impressed with how high quality it looked...it just looks good! I'd definitely get it again for a weekly treat!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 17th, 2012 4:34pm (Jan 17th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Phone pics of Bubba dog...he had an exciting walk today, he saw a deer!

    I saw it through the trees at first and thought it was Kasper - then saw Kasper running after it! :laugh: He was very good though and came back when called. He did manage to nick his back paw on the walk somehow, but we think it should (hopefully) heal fine on it's own, despite his licking!

    It's ages since he last cut himself - me and Lyle just looked at each other in a 'well, it's finally happened!' way :smile:

    Phone pics...he's a very cuddly boy :P
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 18th, 2012 12:10pm (Jan 18th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Well, he's a cone dog today! :001_rolleyes:
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    • CommentTimeJan 19th, 2012 6:18am (Jan 19th 2012)
     
    That last pic is just beautiful, Red a lovely study of Kasper. You and Lyle look great too but Kasper is a star.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 19th, 2012 12:05pm (Jan 19th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks TM! :tooth:

    I liked the last one too, despite it being a camera phone pic! He loves to world-watch, and when people walk past close to the house he thumps his tail wagging at them and I just think it's so cute :heart:

    He was really depressed yesterday and frustrated at being coned and not able to lick his foot. We've been extra-loving towards him and he's getting extra treats and all sorts, poor lad.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 19th, 2012 4:07pm (Jan 19th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    So Kasper's 'gotcha day' is coming up in two months' time, and it's his birthday two months' after that, so we've been planning what pressies we're going to get him.

    We've allocated £10 to spend on toys from a really cheap website I found, so he can do lots of happy shredding. Then I really wanted to buy him a special dog bowl that's designed to slow down dogs that inhale their food...Kasper eats very slowly, but I thought it'd be a good boredom buster / extra mental stimulation.

    The ones I found online were all the same and ridiculously easy, but I remembered seeing one in the dog magazine Lyle got me for Christmas that I really liked: The Buster Dog Maze.





    They also had some really interesting articles about overflowing dog rescues and Staffies, with the *cutest* Staffy models ever :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 19th, 2012 5:29pm (Jan 19th 2012)
     
    What an amazing idea that dish is; we knew a retriever (rescued) who used to inhale his food - that would've slowed him up a bit!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 19th, 2012 8:53pm (Jan 19th 2012)
     

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    It is a really cool design; all the others I found looked like this, which I thought was pretty boring:



    Knowing our dog he'll probably learn to tip it or try chewing them out first...but you never know he is uber smart, so there's a chance he'll do it properly! :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 21st, 2012 11:58am (Jan 21st 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The dog was scudding his puzzle feeder around the room today and must have knocked some down the hole (we have a cardboard box over it to stop people standing on it, but he nudged it out of the way). He stuck his face down to try get them and this is what happened :tooth: ...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd, 2012 12:07am (Jan 22nd 2012) edited
     

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    We found another gotcha / birthday present. It's a ComfortFlex Sport Harness, and is designed to avoid any chafing in any level of activity. It's lightweight, safe to swim in, and extra padded - and not *too* expensive at around £25 (dunno postage). Perfect after Kasper's last harness really rubbed his armpits! He's being walked on a collar at the moment, but that's not good for his neck, so a new snazzy harness will be perfect :smile:



    And on a model!



    The only problem I can see is the handle on the back, also where the lead fastens, might get caught on branches when he's tearing around the woods, but I'm sure we can tuck it under or something. We'll give it a trial run anyway!

    I think he's getting that in March, then the bowl in May, with a scattering of cheap toys for both!

    I may have to do some counter-conditioning with him to accept the harness slipping over his head, but hopefully it won't be difficult. He used to fight tooth and nail when I was putting his old harness on, but I CC him to that no probs...he even gets excited about putting the dreaded cone on now!! :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd, 2012 1:27pm (Jan 22nd 2012)
     
    Ooo, snazzy! I have to say I love that model dog's eyes!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd, 2012 4:51pm (Jan 22nd 2012)
     

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    Well, it's ordered! Got a lovely reply saying it's fine to be worn whilst swimming, so we've bought a 'hunter orange' one and have decided he's allowed to wear it early, before his adoption date, because it's kinda health-related.

    I'm sadly excited about getting it. We've been looking for weeks in shops for a padded or alternate harness design but haven't found anything... :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd, 2012 3:27pm (Jan 23rd 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It's very sad when you're all pathetic and poorly, tucked under a blanket on the couch :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd, 2012 5:56pm (Jan 23rd 2012)
     
    Ahhhhhhh.......:nopity:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd, 2012 9:26pm (Jan 23rd 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    At times he is driving us both crazy...but at other times he is coping so well with this 'abuse' that we just want to snuggle him up on the couch and hand feed him treats!!

    Now he's having a bad bit...trying to scratch his head through the cone (with the hurt paw so that he can get a sneaky lick in) but obviously he can't so he is just whining and trying to misbehave! He was a pleb on his afternoon walk too, but he hasn't had off-lead exercise for five days so can't blame him!

    He keeps trying to chew his toys but he can't, so that's not making him any happier :P
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd, 2012 10:30pm (Jan 23rd 2012)
     
    He looks like he's been sent home from school sick so mommy has wrapped him up on the sofa. All he needs is a box of tissues and a drink and it'd complete the picture!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 24th, 2012 5:07pm (Jan 24th 2012)
     
    ...and Animal Hospital on the telly.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 24th, 2012 7:14pm (Jan 24th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh, I used to LOVE Animal Hospital as a little kid!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 28th, 2012 6:01pm (Jan 28th 2012) edited
     

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    Just a short video of our mutt-dog and a training session today, I've been meaning to put one up for a while :smile:

    You'll have to excuse me repeatedly saying 'good booooy' like a doofus :tooth:

    Commands in order are:-

    Hand signals for sit and lie down
    Crawl
    Leave it
    Hup (sit up from lie down)
    Spin x 2 (still needs a lure for that)
    Get it (chase after thrown treat)
    On your bed
    Come on up (verbal command to come onto the couch)
    Sit pretty
    Hand signal to lie down
    Play dead
    :)

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 30th, 2012 1:23pm (Jan 30th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We had a friend around yesterday and Kasper behaved so well! He slept on the couch snuggled under our friend's jacket whilst we were all leaping around the room playing the Wii, I was very impressed! :smile: And yes, he is very hard done to as you can see ;)

    There was a kid crying outside our living room window this morning and Kasper raced over and sprawled across the back of the couch, pushed his nose up against the window to the kid and wagged his tail. The kid stopped crying and it was really cute, so I gave Kasp a reward and then realised he hadn't had any breakfast anyway. The kid had started crying again by this point, so me and Kasper went upstairs to get his grub.

    I filled the puzzle feeder, came back down and gave it to Kasper, turned to sit down...and the kid and mum were still stood there staring through our window looking for the dog :shocked: And they stayed there for quite a long time, it got very odd!

    And I was messing about with macro and bugging the dog while he slept :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 31st, 2012 5:54pm (Jan 31st 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We took Kasper for a massive on-lead walk tonight (about an hour long) and I really wish his harness was here already I'm dying to try it out!! It *should* have been here two days ago, but the absolute longest it should have taken was today...grrr!

    He really enjoyed tonight's walk as he got to meet two Springers (even their owner was shocked at how 'enthusiastic' our dog was about life :rolling: ) and then we were walking past this big posh farmhouse and there were just two dogs outside, not on leads. One was an elderly boxer and the other was a Springer barking - not a very nice situation actually!

    But we let our dog say hello because both of them were approaching and there was no way to avoid them, and they were actually really nice (still stupid of their owners to leave them in that situation though). The boxer was very calm and didn't mind our pillocky dog, and the Springer was whining and trying to play whilst Kasper wrapped it in his lead and pounced on it! :laugh:

    And then, Kasper's favourite part, he found a nice tasty pile of deer poo to munch on!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st, 2012 4:54pm (Feb 1st 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Some photos from about a week ago - the ones where Kasper is particularly interested, he had spotted sheep! :bigsmile:

    He's also been having 3 meals a day for the past few days to try put some weight on the skinny mutt...this is on top of hides, treats and whatever he scavenges from walks as well!! :tooth:

    You should have seen him when we got back from the cat rescue today. He was sniffing us all over and his tail was going whilst he was doing haha :laugh:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st, 2012 5:01pm (Feb 1st 2012)
     
    Are you going to make deer-poo flavour snacks for the stall, Red? Sounds as though they'd go down a treat...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st, 2012 10:58pm (Feb 1st 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    You'd be surprised, I bet you wouldn't get a dog that turned them down!! Apparently deer and fox poo is almost irresistible to a dog *shrug* I guess I shoulda been using that with Kasper when we first got him and were teaching him recall!! :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd, 2012 6:14pm (Feb 3rd 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Kasper's harness finally arrived - (don't get me started on the Royal Mail, we complained to them as today we also got a letter with an appt on that I almost missed because the Royal Mail took so long delivering it!!) - and it is AWESOME! :smile:

    I love the colour against his fur. It took 4 put-it-on-and-off's to counter condition him to having it put on (he's a sensitive dope and the thing goes over his head and then has to go under his belly so very different for him) and now he's fine, with me doing it at least. We'll have to work on him and Lyle fitting it tomorrow!
    It was really easy to fit and only took one adjustment. Doesn't he look smart? :)

    I bought a treat dispensing puzzle feeder today as well (before I knew the harness had arrived) for his gotcha day, which is March 25th. Then we got back and, seeing as he was getting the harness early thought he might as well have his other toy early too!! :tooth:

    So here he is with his '1 year with us' presents a month and a half early :laugh: We got some free treats sent with it too which I thought was very sweet C:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd, 2012 6:23pm (Feb 3rd 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    A blurred one from him wearing it on a walk, and then one of where he decided to sleep last night :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2012 3:06pm (Feb 4th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    This is a very short video of my amazing pupster playing tuggy, and then dropping his tug when asked. He has come such a long way, I am so proud of him. Not a chance he would have dropped anything when asked 10 months ago :)



    And some cuddly boy photos...
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2012 7:22pm (Feb 4th 2012)
     
    It's a very nice looking harness, Red..but how does he like walking with it on? Do you think it works better than his old one?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2012 9:46pm (Feb 4th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It's great because there's no pressure on his neck, so no chance of damage, and makes his pulling much easier to manage too. He has no problem with putting it on now, and has learnt the command 'through' to put his head though...it's really bright so will be good when he's back off-lead, and is very attractive.

    The only issue we had with his old one was that it rubbed him badly around the armpits. This is supposed to be specially designed to not rub; it's for sports and has special padding. It's also not got the strap that goes between the legs, which was what rubbed him on the other one. It loops over the head and fastens on the side of the body with velcro and a clip, is easy to fit and feels nice and sturdy.

    I love it so far and Kasper seems very comfortable with it. I'd definitely recommend it to anybody wanting to try a harness for their dog. We got it from http://www.yipeeee.com/leashes/comfort-flex-sport-harness.html :)

    You can see the clip on the side in this pic:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2012 11:05am (Feb 5th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Some videos of the puppy playing in the snow!!

    This is the first time he has experienced deep snow with us and he loooves snow. We were on the via duct and all the snow had blown across to one side in a deep compact drift, and the other side was quite slippy. It was good fun :smile:



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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2012 4:29pm (Feb 5th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    And a video of Kasper happily letting me put the harness on too...

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th, 2012 6:37pm (Feb 6th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ugh, we met the most useless dog owner ever on our morning walk today. I wanted to snowball him him...

    He had a JRT on an extendible lead, and the JRT was growling and walking towards our dog. Kasper was obviously walking towards the dog to say hello, giving out a ton of calming signals and submissive behaviour. We looked to the owner, who was laughing and didn't try reel his dog back in or move it away from ours, so assumed the dog had a few issues but would say hello politely. Most snarly dogs who are allowed to say hello tend to have a few issues but will stop for a sniff, then move along.

    The two dogs met (it was mutual) and the dog immediately bit at Kasper's neck :mad: There was no sniffing, no calming behaviour, it just went for our dog. Kasper yelped and walked away, still wagging uncertainly, and the other owner walked his dog off chuckling, obviously embarrassed.

    I'm sorry, but why didn't he tell us his dog was aggressive?! Why did he allow his dog to meet ours on an extendible lead?!? He could have asked us to keep our dog away, or said his was snappy and gone to the other side of the path...but instead he let his dog approach ours without a word of warning. I mean honestly what a stupid idiot!!
    :rant_red2:
    Thankfully the JRT didn't do any damage to Kasper, he's a tough nut :)

    He learnt a new trick today too. I was trying to teach him a command for 'look up', but ended up teaching him 'tall' instead which is where he stands on his back legs...kinda similar right?! :smile:

    He's not 100% just yet, but in a training session he knows what's expected. Outside training when randomly asked for a 'tall' he offers all his best behaviours...sit, lie down, paw :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th, 2012 12:26pm (Feb 7th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Kasper got a bone last night and was being his usual sensitive self with it :001_rolleyes: In the end we had to praise and reward him ever time he went near it!! This worked and after a good while he was soon gnawing on it happily. Whilst he had it I then used the positive interrupter (a noise he's been trained to know = treats) to show that when a hand goes near his bone, it means good things and not that we're going to steal it, and he was a very relaxed boy :smile:

    On his morning walk he was racing along and skidded on black ice. I turned into the overprotective parent, rushing over and smothering him and telling him he was okay!! Think he nicked a paw (of course he did...!) but he's otherwise unharmed. He's had stumbled before but this was proper legs akimbo and face to the ice!! :tooth:

    For some reason this time trying to teach and phase out the lure for 'spin' has worked really well...like, his spin is really tight now and the hand motion from above has almost gone. It looks awesome! And the 'tall' command is soooo cute, he jumps up and taps my hand at the moment but eventually I hope to have a hand signal just pointing to the ceiling :smile:

    I love my dog!!! :heart:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th, 2012 7:37pm (Feb 9th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'm trying to teach him to leapfrog too...really not sure how this will go!!

    He's so hyper-want-that-treat that most times he jumps at the sides of the 'thing' he's jumping over (in this case Lyle!) so I have to get him to do it a few times to make sure he goes nicely over the middle of the thing. I'm trying to reward him just for nice tidy jumps, but he's such a whirlwind!

    Gonna keep working at it though because how cool would it be to get Kasper to leapfrog over things?! :tooth:

    He's got 'tall' now and 'spin' is still good...I want to branch out into the harder to train tricks without making them *too* hard!
    I'll get a video up at some point :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th, 2012 7:42pm (Feb 9th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh, this is the video of him with the bone from the other night...see how freaked out he is at first?! Then happily scoffing by the end :)

    I think our dog's the only dog who had to be click & treated for going near a bone!! :rolling:

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2012 1:20pm (Feb 10th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We have a friend coming over tonight, so I'll be interested to see how Kasper does when introduced in the proper way. Last time he met a stranger was when my friend stupidly brought his brother around unannounced!
    Bad timing though as Kasper has a really poorly tummy :( Feeling very sorry for him, he's needed the toilet about 10 times already and spent a few hours this morning just cuddled in a double sleeping bag with me. We only took him on a short walk and he got very confused and frustrated and excited, which led to a few jumping up attempting to lead tug times, but they were over very quickly.

    Poor little guy, we've got a few things planned the next few days which mean leaving him for up to 5 hours so hope he's okay.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2012 6:32pm (Feb 10th 2012)
     
    Bless him, do you think the bone upset him? He was so funny with it! Hope he's feeling better soon and is all right with the visitors, Red.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2012 9:29pm (Feb 10th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I don't *think* so...he had the bone 4 days ago and the stomach upset started at 5am this morning - poor Lyle!! :tooth: Bones and beef knuckles seem to firm up his poops too (because you really wanted to know :P ) and apparently bones make them smell less offensive too, who knew! Can't say I've noticed, I always pinch my nose!!

    It'll just be something he ate out on a walk. He's always eating litter, dropped food, poo... :001_rolleyes:

    and the bestest thing ever...HE IS FINE WITH OUR FRIEND!!! :) :) :)

    We did the usual, asked our friend to wait outside so Kasper could meet him on a walk. It was love at first sight! As soon as he came back in Kasper was taking toys to him and demanding to play, jumping and sitting on him on the couch...bit too friendly haha! Rather that than scared every time though :smile:

    I'm really pleased after he had such a bad experience with a stranger last time.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2012 9:34pm (Feb 10th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: chief chicken He was so funny with it!


    He's such an oaf...I have NEVER heard of a dog being scared to get a goody before! Resource guarding sure, but never afraid to approach and take it...! He's always been like that and it seems the more exciting the object the worse it is...once he starts eating it he's fine...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2012 5:39pm (Feb 11th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    This is a really poor quality video of Kasper doing an informal training session with our friend...it shows he's willing to work for him and he also happily sits next to (and on!) him and plays with him.

    He's more uncertain during training (backing away, continuous wagging) because it's very different from how I train, and he gets stroked on the head which he doesn't like...but he's totally learnt that our friend is the person who will always play with him!!
    :face-devil-grin:

    In this video he does respect (nose bump), sit, tall and spin. My voice is really loud at the end because I was amazed that he did spin for practically a stranger - he's only just learnt that :smile:



    And you can see he is MUCH more comfortable in this video, and is in fact sat closer to Josh than Lyle :smile:

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2012 11:55pm (Feb 12th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Towards yesterday evening Kasper was shattered but refusing to sleep or rest in any way. As a result he was becoming even more hyperactive and extra sensitive (juuust like a toddler!) so we had to force chill out time on him.

    We had a friend come join us later that night who is very scared of dogs. As a result she had no idea to act around him; patting his head, saying "no, no, Kasper, no" when he sniffed at her hands and sat close...but he really did remarkably well. And she kept calling him a good boy and saying how clever he was, so I don't think he made her any worse!! I was ready to distract him if he got too giddy and jumpy with her, but it wasn't needed.

    We played on the PS3 for a few hours and Kasper was really good and slept on his bed; I fed him kibble every now and then to reward him for being calm...then at midnight he was sent off to bed anyway :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th, 2012 8:12pm (Feb 13th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I have been teaching the dog 'stay' today! He knows 'wait' already, but that's just short periods of time (waiting to go out a door, cross a road etc) and it's not reliable enough to work as a stay so I figured I'd just teach a stay!

    He picked it up straight away, and after just one training session he stayed put whilst I threw toys past him, walked around, stretched and did sit-ups (he gets very excited when I stretch and do sit-ups so that was good impulse control on his part!). Lyle was really impressed :smile:

    So we haven't done any leapfrog work today, but I will fall back into that at some point.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th, 2012 10:44pm (Feb 13th 2012)
     
    I meant to post yesterday that www.equinecaninefeline.com have got a load of dog boredom toys on their site. Don't know if they're any good, but thought you might like a look.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th, 2012 11:10am (Feb 14th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ha, I've been on that site before for the ratties but never checked out the dog section! (he is soo abused...) So thanks for pointing it out :smile:

    I love the standing one where he has to push the blue tubes upside-down to tip the treats out, but at £18 it's a bit too expensive when we've already bought him pressies!!! I wonder how much my parents will want to spend on him for his birthday...?!

    The red tube that you roll along is supposed to be good too, I've seen quite a few dogs use those.

    I've decided that today is the day I will post a proper training video but I'll probably forget so don't hold your breath! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th, 2012 7:04pm (Feb 14th 2012)
     
    Does he do 'sit & stay owner out of sight'? That's the one I used to struggle with Ben with. He caught on eventually, but couldn't bear it when i stepped behind a shelter or something and would have to check up on me!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th, 2012 8:36pm (Feb 14th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We haven't gotten that far with stay yet (he still gets up and moves closer, then lies down again if I go too far away :tooth: ) but he will 'wait' in position whilst we go round a corner or upstairs - it was the hide and seek games that taught him that! He had to stay in one spot until released so he could tear about trying to find the treats!

    I'm not gonna get a training video up today heh :blush:

    We took him on a massive 2.5 hour evening walk today (after a full hour walk in the woods this morning too!) so he's just conked out on the sofa absolutely shattered! We walked over to my parents' and paid them a surprise visit, first time with him! He was good as gold, only got chance to have a 15 minute off-lead time but walked pretty well for the rest of the way and enjoyed sniffing all the rabbit tracks over the top way. He loved seeing my parents and got their kitchen floor all muddy :tooth: And he showed off his 'spin' and 'tall' tricks too :smile:

    Earlier on today, on his way back from his first walk, he saw a little boy out on his own that he absolutely fell in love with! Wouldn't cross the road until he'd said hello!! The boy was very cute, Kasper sat really well and the boy gave him a fuss and then carried on...it was lovely :heart:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th, 2012 8:41pm (Feb 14th 2012) edited
     

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    He's on wet food mixed with pasta at the moment too, we got tripe flavour as apparently tripe is good for putting weight on a dog, which he needs...we're almost out of kibble and the next bag won't arrive until tomorrow at the earliest, so we bought a few tins of wet. He loves it :tooth:

    We're swapping brands of kibble as even though the current is for Working Dogs it's not very good at keeping weight on him. I had a look around at kibble for active dogs / sled dogs but they all had cereals and maize in, so we're just giving another brand a try: Supadog Sensitive salmon flavour (he loves fishy food!)

    There's a brand called Fat Dog or something, specially designed for naturally thin dogs to help them gain, but it's 4x the price we're paying not including shipping!! :shocked:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th, 2012 6:21pm (Feb 15th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Woohoo I did a training vid!! I'd just gotten back from the cinema and Kasper was a giddy kipper, so I put the camera on a chair and just went for it...managed to mess it up a little as I didn't realise you wouldn't be able to see any floor work :( Meaning I had to cut out quite a few tricks but oh well...

    I love the leave it :bigsmile: He's so in tune and just watching me - same with the Stay when I try make him go after the squeaky toy!! The last Spin is very tight and tidy too
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    I'm using the new treat bag that arrived today...sounds stupid but it's AWESOME! Makes getting the treats so much easier, especially as the top of the bag has a wire spring that either stays shut or stays open. Means all I have to do is reach in and grab a reward, no time wasted fumbling.
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    • CommentTimeFeb 15th, 2012 7:33pm (Feb 15th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ahaha I love these photos - look at the ears on the first one!!

    He got given an old stuffed toy of mine and loved it...well, he does like chicken :001_rolleyes:
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