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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 8th, 2015 2:41pm (Sep 8th 2015)
    I thought your ma couldn't touch furry beasties?
    • CommentTimeSep 8th, 2015 9:35pm (Sep 8th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Kate I know, how does he cope?! Most mornings when I wake up and come downstairs, they're asleep on the couch...I wish Raiden ever did anything with me other than running around madly / tugging toys :rolling: Thank you!

    Posted By: chief chickenI thought your ma couldn't touch furry beasties?

    She can touch them as long as it's not for too long and she washes her hands immediately afterwards. And if she's indoors with our dogs (she's fine with them outdoors allergy wise, but then there's pollen that makes her sneeze) we have to have hoovered before she comes and have the window open, then she can cope for ten minutes outside of winter. Depending on how close the dogs have gotten her clothes can cause issues, but she didn't say hi to Kasper (who is heavily shedding atm) so hopefully they won't have been too bad!
    Today I cut tiny shavings off one of Kasper's nails in two different sessions today :yay_jump: I can't believe we finally did it! Kasper was so good, he remained really calm and even when the clippers cut some of his nail off he didn't flinch at the sound or the sensation. Even so that one nail is nowhere near a good length (I cut literally 1mm off, if that :rolling: ) but we've finally done it - *phew*
    Also Raiden is 10 weeks old today :)

    He has been trying out the big dogs' puzzle feeders. He tried the Buster Cube, but it was too difficult and he got bored quickly

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    Next he tried the Treat Tower. This puzzle feeder is weighted at the bottom, so when he pushed it forwards it bounced back into his face! Rey found this a little scary, as you can see here :rolling:

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    Then he sat whining at it for a few seconds, looking confused

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    And finally he got the hang of it and biffed it about, sending treats flying in all directions!

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    Baby boy got a new rope toy, which he enjoyed chewing and semi-destroyed within 20 mins. Once he was done Zoey had a quick chew and made it even tattier ;)

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    Blissful Raiden chomping a little bit of a dental chew

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    Zoey and Raiden are still very very playful with each other. It's hard for Zoey not to get too over-excited as, because she won't tell Raiden to calm down, he behaves very differently towards her than Kasper...with Zoey it's "yap yap yap PLAY WITH ME, bounce bounce bite", whereas with Kasper he's very quiet and polite...poor Zoey!!

    Kasper is doing much, much better with Raiden more grumping or grumbling, just a chilled, relaxed and happy big dog :smile: Raiden is SO MUCH calmer with Kasper as Kasper told him off immediately within the first week when the puppy was too bouncy. Rey's a little nervy with him and doesn't initiate play much, but all Kasper wants at this point is to play.

    Here they are, chilling like best buds!

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    • CommentTimeSep 8th, 2015 9:43pm (Sep 8th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    Lovely squishy Zoey face! :heart:

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    And they can be in the same room as Raiden (with the puppy in his pen) together now, and Kasper hasn't been frustrated or narky with Zoey at all. In fact they had a real good play together

    Kasper begs Zoey to dive on him by doing a play bow

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    Zoey is happy to oblige

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    And ten minutes later Zoey is sprawled on the floor...

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    ...and we have two very happy, sleepy dogs :)

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    • CommentTimeSep 9th, 2015 7:52pm (Sep 9th 2015)
    Little Rey looks so sweet lying next to Kasper! Puppies are just so irresistable!
    • CommentTimeSep 10th, 2015 12:05pm (Sep 10th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    He's already grown a fair bit...the cat carrier he had plenty of room in when he was 8 weeks old? He barely fits in it now!! We bought him a big one from zooplus so at the moment I'm training him to go in, be calm in there and enjoy the space. It's much bigger than he was used to!

    He has another appointment at the vets this Friday, which I'm dreading...they were absolutely terrible with him last time, and he hated his injection too. We're phoning up today and asking for a different vet, and telling them to make a fuss of him. The vet who treated him last time was the actual founder of the branches, which is disturbing...I can't wait until Rey's jabs & microchipping are done and we can swap surgeries!
    • CommentTimeSep 11th, 2015 1:14pm (Sep 11th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    So I've been trying to brush Kasper daily as he is moulting sooo heavily...I missed a day, and this is Zoey looking horrified at the result :rolling:

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    LOOK AT THE SMUSHYNESS OF HER FACE :heart::heartsabove::heartbounce:

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    Both resting in the same position :tooth:

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    Sometimes I look at photos of Zoey and my heart just melts because she is so beautiful. This is one of those photos...I really do think she is the most beautiful dog in the world

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    • CommentTimeSep 11th, 2015 1:24pm (Sep 11th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Puppy's Raiden next to the cat carrier he's been using since we picked him up at 8 weeks old. He's now taller than it when he sits down :smile:

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    I've been training him to go into his new (really big!) crate on cue, and to stay and be calm in there...he rocks it

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    So I give Raiden the cue to go into the crate, and then he makes the choice to stay in there...any good choice he makes (sniffing around, sitting, lying down, resting his chin on the base) is marked and rewarded :cheerleader:

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    They were both really tired here

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    And training-wise Kasper and Raiden continue to do well...Kasper has had no need to tell the puppy off for quite some time. Raiden is very calm around Kasper (because Kasper told him off so much in that first week!!), so even when Kasper tries to initiate play Rey won't respond :rolling:

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    However the most amazing progress has been with Rey and Zoey. Normally when they play they both get very over-stimulated...Zoey hasn't corrected the puppy for being bitey / yappy once, so Raiden plays very rough with her. This in turn excites Zoey, so they can only play for a minute at a time before they need to cool down.

    Here are some clips of the calming exercises I've been doing. Giving them treats one at a time just gets them used to being calm near each other, focusing on me and taking turns.

    And today, for the first time ever I was able to call Zoey away from Raiden whilst they were playing!! :bigsmile:
    Even better I could get them both sitting down on cue, side by side, and being calm!! :yay_jump: It was really awesome, and meant they got to spend 10 minutes together instead of one! I would have taken more pics / a video, but I was actually managing both dogs and the camera single-handedly, so I'm impressed I got any at all :tooth:

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    And even as the puppy moved towards Zoey (something that would have driven her crazy a few days ago) she held her focus :smile:

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    Very proud of my big block-headed girl :tooth:
    • CommentTimeSep 13th, 2015 8:03pm (Sep 13th 2015)
    They're all doing so well Red, (including Lyle!!!) You must be so proud. xx
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 14th, 2015 5:52pm (Sep 14th 2015)
    Hear hear!:cheer:
    • CommentTimeSep 14th, 2015 9:53pm (Sep 14th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Thank you guys, it means a lot :) We've been slacking on socialisation, training and intro's these past few days as they've been majorly stressful, so I feel like I'm failing horribly :fierce: ...we did take Raiden on a walk with Kasper today, they had an uber brief meeting afterwards, and we did some treat work between Zoey and Rey...but not as much as we should be doing >__<

    We're not going to have Raiden and Zoey meet freely for several days anyway though, to let her stress levels recede. So just Kasper and Rey to focus on. And Rey's training / socialisation.

    Anyway, enough whinging - PHOTOS!

    Raiden sleeping in his pen...his back legs look like chicken drumsticks, right?!

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    Raiden's new 'den' in the kitchen...Zoey has taken over Rey's pen in the living room, so she's comfier and we can keep an eye on her. Zoey's 36 inch crate is in the shed, Raiden's in Kasper's old 42 inch crate and Kasper's in his 52 inch crate...lovely!

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    Zoey is much happier in the pen and ran straight in to check it out

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    Kasper and Zoey's first time together since she was ill...we were ready for her to be a bit odd with him (dogs can associate fear and pain with random things...for example if you use a shock collar to get them to come back to you when they are playing with other dogs off lead, they can become very afraid of other dogs), but they were fine. Played as if everything was normal, which was nice :smile:

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    And then she slept :)

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    The vet said to us yesterday "Is she always this pink?" :rolling: :rofl: And I had to say, in an embarrassed tone, "Yes, um, she is a very pink dog. Especially when she's warm. She's got virtually no fur on her belly either, she's quite baldy" :rolling:
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2015 4:29pm (Sep 15th 2015)
    Should've called her Pinky!
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2015 11:57pm (Sep 15th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    Or baldy :rolling:

    Spamming this thread with photos of the dogs and a training video...guess who turned 11 weeks old today? :smile:

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    He got to see the pet shop for the first time today, and he picked out a toy to bring home :tooth: Unfortunately the really really nice staff member, who has been so excited to meet Rey for weeks, wasn't in...noooo! He got to meet half a dozen people, including a young child, and he no longer minds busy roads at all. Very noisy / loud lorries still make him a little concerned, but with ham he gets over it ;)

    He stole Zoey's large Sumo!

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    Look at this photo :rolling:

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    He offered this down / calm behaviour all by himself, and I was able to quickly get a photo before I click and treated him ^__^

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    Training video...all the clips are from this evening. As you can see he readily offers a sit, it has become his default behaviour, which is wonderful! Such a star, and really clever :smile:

    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2015 12:00am (Sep 16th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    And the beautiful blocky girl :tooth: I LOVE this photo

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    She's sooo smiley!

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    "Oh hey, something smells good..."

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    "Oh man, something smells REALLY good!"

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    She is loving the pen!

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2015 3:49pm (Sep 16th 2015)
    Lovely. He's so good for a baby - taking to training well!
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2015 8:54pm (Sep 16th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    :) Thanks CC, he's like a little sponge soaking it all up...then adolescence will hit in a month or so and I won't be able to get him to listen for a year :rolling:

    I haven't been sleeping properly for months, and then this past few weeks have just been diabolical. So I'm tired and irritable - today the (big) dogs were playing and Kasper was barging into me and jumping ONTO me instead of the empty spot on the couch to my left, and that was more than enough for me. I gave them the "time out!" cue (loud voice and clapping hands to get their attention) and then bundled Kasper into Zoey's pen, as he was the main instigator at this particular time. This is Kasper's extreme puppy dog eyes :rofl:

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    I have never seen a dog be able to portray so well that he is abused :sarcastic:

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    And Zoey wanted in HAHAHA!

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    Finish this post with a very rare snuggling photo - it was Kasper who snuggled next to Zoey too!

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    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2015 9:02pm (Sep 16th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    Next batch, LOOK! Little guy got to go for his first walk :bigsmile:

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    He was amazing. No fear and you should have seen him bounding about as soon as we put him on the ground!! He chewed the lead once, but stopped when I did his positive interrupter, and didn't try again :smile:

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    The most amazing thing was that he was able to do tricks! Here he is holding a sit:

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    He kept stopping to sniff, taste and chew things (it's all new to him, bless!) and then going "aaagh, my big bro is getting away!"

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    He wasn't walking too long as he was trotting hard, and he's just a baby. He let me know when he was tired by crawling into the grass and sitting down haha!

    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2015 10:12pm (Sep 16th 2015)
    He really is an adorable puppy - the world must be amazing through his eyes and nose!
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 17th, 2015 5:18pm (Sep 17th 2015)
    Poor Kaspar - what a terribly tragic face! I'm surprised the RSPCA weren't battering the door down! :rolling:
    • CommentTimeSep 17th, 2015 6:36pm (Sep 17th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks Kate :bigsmile: CC I love his 'woe is me' face, I think it's one of his most adorable!!

    Raiden had his first off lead walk today! We're lucky to have a semi-enclosed field nearby; two sides are cut off by a tall rock wall / mountain, one side is mostly chainlink fencing and one side has a few narrow steps leading to the park. There are three entrances onto the field but they're all fairly narrow, and if you keep to one end you're miles from them.

    Kasper was on a 7ft longline and Raiden was on a 6ft longline that I dropped and let him run free. Perfect recall, no problem doing sits and it was adorable watching him explore. He checked in when I got too far away which I was able to mark and reward him for, and he played a little with Kasper but Kasper was heavy-footed and 'scary'!!

    Really fun time :)

    Off to a puppy party at the vets now; hoping it will be good but it's not run by a trainer and just involves puppies under 12 weeks playing off lead for an hour!! We probably will only stay 20 mins max though so Rey doesn't get too hyper.

    Few quick pics...waiting whilst I snap up the cat treats

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    Smiliest Kasper ever and oddly serious Zoey :rolling:

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    And this was their final meal preparations yesterday. From L-R: Raiden's final meal and his Cauliflower filled with treats; Zoey's meal and a Kong plugged shut with coconut oil; Kasper was poorly yesterday so he only had a meal in the morning and Kong in the evening :smile:

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    • CommentTimeSep 17th, 2015 10:30pm (Sep 17th 2015)
    I assume he's microchipped? Would hate for him to be distracted by something and run off! (Isn't it law now that dogs are chipped?) He seems to be a very intelligent and well behaved pup. What a joy!
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2015 12:37am (Sep 18th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    He's not microchipped yet...gets it done in a weeks' time at the last vaccination. Not looking forward to that, microchip needs are flipping massive! *gulp* Our good vet did say most puppies are bothered more by the vaccinations though (as they feel odd afterwards) whether the microchip hurts a lot as it's done but then feels fine afterwards.

    We shouldn't have to worry too much about him running off though. Young puppies (under 4 or 5 months old, before adolescence) are very much like elastic bands. I know there's a word for it but can't think of it. It's wired into them to stick with the 'thing' closest to them, usually their human parents. This dependence is wonderful! It's why it's really good to get your puppy off lead immediately in a distraction free encironment, and reward them every time they follow or check in with you...makes it easier to teach recall officially and make it through the turbulent adolescent times when they just run off :smile:

    He's very intelligent and mostly well behaved. Very stroppy when over-tired though, but can't blame him there.

    I know I posted that Zoey had gained weight the other day, but I discovered these old photos and thought they really show how much better she's looking!

    Early 2014, 10kg

    Mid-late 2014, 12kg

    Other day, 15kg :bigsmile:
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2015 12:44am (Sep 18th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    I wonder if it's the new kibble that's helped her gain weight? It could just be her age too, Kasper was really skinny up until he was over the age of two. Whatever it is we need to adjust now so she doesn't gain any more - she is perfect right now! :)
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2015 7:05pm (Sep 18th 2015)
    Serious Zoe has the look of Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey...:face-smile:
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2015 8:46pm (Sep 18th 2015)
    She does look better for that extra bit of weight.

    I didn't know that about puppies but it does make perfect sense. I hold the kittens/cats at rehoming sometimes when they're being microchipped and it is horrible to see because the chip is huge compared to an 8 week old kitten, but they take it in their stride. It's a quick pain for a long term gain!
    • CommentTimeSep 19th, 2015 5:54pm (Sep 19th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    My favourite thing is when she goes from having a huge smiley mouth to serious in an instant - usually when she hears a weird noise or smells something. Hilarious :smile:

    A lot of owners are really shocked once their puppy hits six months old...they're used to this little bundle who obediently trots at their heels and then all of a sudden they have an independent whirlwind who refuses to come back :tooth:

    Look what happened today!
    off lead Zoey!

    We were walking Zoey to some nearby fields (nice walk and one has a trough she can drink from on horribly hot days, such as today) and I thought we'd walk across the field where Raiden goes off lead as it's more interesting than the path. We were halfway across when I had the sudden idea to see what Zoey would be like off lead there, so I turned to Lyle and dropped her lead - you should have seen his face! :rolling:

    Zoey was awesome. Unlike Kasper when she's off lead she stays close, she doesn't go further than 15 / 20 feet away.

    She was pretty freaked out about the longline trailing after her to begin with (she's hated that ever since she was a puppy!) but she quickly bounced back, and it was necessary in case anybody else appeared without warning.

    It was our happiest walk ever :tooth:

    Such a happy recall face! :)

    I found a rugby ball in the nettles at the back of the field, so Zoey had a swell time playing with that too and ragging it about in the typical terrier way. Lyle got a few short clips on his phone

    Home again, happy and sooo tired!

    • CommentTimeSep 19th, 2015 6:07pm (Sep 19th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Raiden also had a fun trip out today. We carried him to our nearby pet shop and he got to meet the owner, practice sitting in a new environment, and then as we were paying / chatting at the till he was laid down in the middle of the aisle chilling!! :rolling:

    We popped into a nearby pub so he could have a drink...he is SO much happier and more confident in new indoor settings now! I remember the first time we took him into a pub just a few weeks ago and he was very unsure, now he couldn't care less :smile: Then we walked some nearby streets and looped home. We were out an hour but he only did twenty minutes walking...sooo tired when we got back though :smile:

    Also we bought a new doormat yesterday...but I think Zoey has claimed it as her own and it will have to stay in our living room :P

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    Even in her sleep she made sure to touch it :rolling:

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    My parents came up for a visit last night with my Nana too. We all went for a walk and Raiden had his first off lead walk in the dark hahaha! He was really good and enjoyed going from person to person and offering a 'sit' so that he got treats :smile:
    They were supposed to go for a walk with Zoey too but they turned up late and didn't have time after our meal :( Zoey was genuinely upset as she knew they were here and she had to watch Kasper and Rey go see them, but we gave her lots of toys and a box to shred to make up for it :heart:

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    Kasper and Zoey had a special treat of kibble, wet food and cream - ewwww!

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    They loved it though - no wonder Zoey is a fatty! :rofl:

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    I told my dad he has to make it up to Zoey next time by coming on a walk with her then letting her jump all over him and maul him indoors :tooth:
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 20th, 2015 5:42pm (Sep 20th 2015)
    I'm sure he's looking forward to that! :rolling: I'm glad they all had such a lovely day.
    • CommentTimeSep 20th, 2015 6:09pm (Sep 20th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    My dad winds her up even worse as when she's kissing him he, like, squeals and laughs hysterically. Zoey, of course, loves this and gets even more excited. Usually ends up with my dad covered in slobber, with his glasses on the floor and Zoey a whirlwind of excitement. She might be calmer after a walk though...maybe :whistle:

    Zoey had another fun walk today. The fields have had the grass cut so Zoey (who loves to roll) had fun flopping all over the place. Then I threw a huge wad of grass at her as we were walking, which she thought was brilliant, so that's a new favoured game too :smile:

    Unfortunately when Kasper was out the grass was being collected and bagged. Zoey will be most disappointed on her next walk
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 21st, 2015 5:44pm (Sep 21st 2015)
    She's rolling like a mad thing - how long did it take you to get her home?:face-smile:
    • CommentTimeSep 21st, 2015 6:44pm (Sep 21st 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    She's pretty good in that if you ask her to carry on she will, but usually we let her roll until she's had her fill...most times she's up and ready to carry on after a minute, but she rolled more in the grass because it was obviously very exciting (well okay, for a dog!) and felt nice :tooth:

    Started doing mat work with Raiden today. Mat work's useful for teaching them to go be calm somewhere, and a mat's handy as you can take it places (training, bus, cafe) and they will have something they know to be calm on.

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    I obviously didn't ask him to go on the mat or encourage him in any way, I let him figure it out for himself. When he stepped on it I clicked & treated, within seconds he was sitting on it

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    And within the first minute he was lying on it!

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    He doesn't have very good rear end awareness yet, so bless him he thought he was on it!! :rolling:

    I'm also teaching the adorable lying down he offers (where he rests his chin on the ground) a verbal cue, so that I can send him to the mat and then ask him to 'settle'

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    And here's the little tyke playing with the turtle my parents bought him...can't believe he'll be 12 weeks old tomorrow :smile:

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    • CommentTimeSep 21st, 2015 6:53pm (Sep 21st 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    We've also begun working on him giving me my paw. I had to find a new way to teach this...normally I hide a treat in my fist and when a puppy touches his paw to it, to try get the treat, I click. They gradually learn that paw on skin = treat, and thus the trick is learned. But because I've done so much work on no mugging / leave it, when I have a treat in my fist Raiden sits and waits for it!! Finally got him offering his paw and am currently adding a verbal cue to the trick :smile:
    • CommentTimeSep 21st, 2015 6:53pm (Sep 21st 2015)
    I didn't think such a young puppy could learn things so quickly! If only it worked with humans ...
    • CommentTimeSep 21st, 2015 7:08pm (Sep 21st 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Puppies are awesome at picking things up, which is why it's really good to start teaching them as soon as they come home. Most people think they need to wait until the puppies are older to begin training, that they're too young to learn, but training is actually a really useful way to tire them out :tooth:

    It's also important to train a young puppy so they *know* how to learn...I went to help out someone who had a 4.5 month old puppy and they hadn't done any training with it, and the puppy just didn't know anything...I don't just mean tricks; when I train Zoey and Raiden especially, they will offer behaviours to try earn that click. If I sit and wait they will throw whatever they can think of at me. That puppy just sat there and had no clue what to do! Had to make everything very easy for him :smile:
    • CommentTimeSep 21st, 2015 7:18pm (Sep 21st 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: KatebI didn't think such a young puppy could learn things so quickly! If only it worked with humans ...

    Also I've seen videos on YouTube where gymnastic coaches use clicker / marker training to train children!
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd, 2015 5:57pm (Sep 22nd 2015)
    But children are stupid compared to dogs...really, the human race has a long way to go! I thought that was Zoe's mat???
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd, 2015 8:47pm (Sep 22nd 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    It's everyone's mat! :bigsmile: (edit: is it just me or is the top of this photo...weird?!)

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    This is from a training session today. I had both dogs wait on the couch, released one to go on the mat and sit / lie down, then send them back to the couch and release the other...Zoey held her wait every time it was Kasper's turn - I was amazed! It wasn't long ago I couldn't train Kasper with her about because she always thought it was her turn :tooth:

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    LOOK AT ZOEY NOT BUDGING! And of course Kasper holding a wait on the mat :)

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    Much better rear end awareness than Raiden!!

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    • CommentTimeSep 23rd, 2015 8:42pm (Sep 23rd 2015)
    Maybe I should try clicker training them. Can they report me to childline?!
    I think kids are stupid compared to animals, and teenagers are bottom of the tree compared to everything else on the planet!! Good job some of them pick up when they get older.
    • CommentTimeSep 24th, 2015 1:00pm (Sep 24th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: KatebMaybe I should try clicker training them. Can they report me to childline?!

    Hey clicker training is all positive force, corrections or punnishments - the kids would love it! :rolling:
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 24th, 2015 6:05pm (Sep 24th 2015)

    Hey clicker training is all positive force, corrections or punnishments - the kids would love it!

    Well where's the fun in that then??
    • CommentTimeSep 24th, 2015 9:03pm (Sep 24th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    For the kids it's very fun :001_tt2:

    So we ordered the 120cm tall pen...I hadn't realised quite how tall 120cm really is!! :rolling:

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    I tried to get Zoey to help me open the box, but she just tore a tiny hole off the corner then carried the scraps away to shred them further

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    Once the mess was cleared up Zoey watched me build the pen with interest, in her all-time favourote flat dog position!

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    Hmmm, do you think this is tall enough? :gasp:

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    Moved a footstool in the living room today as the dogs never used it where it was. They seem to approve of its new position, although Zoey was thoroughly unimpressed with me taking photos of her doing her Kong :rolling:

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    Maybe she knew something like this was going to happen!!

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    After the embarrassment she decided snuggling with me on the couch was better, and Kasper took over the footstool :smile:

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    I can't believe how fast his ear hair grows...

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    • CommentTimeSep 24th, 2015 9:04pm (Sep 24th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh, and look at my blockheaded beauty :tooth: There's something about her big stupid head and her eyes that melts my heart.

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    Too damn adorable :heart:

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    • CommentTimeSep 25th, 2015 5:33pm (Sep 25th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Raiden had his last vaccination and his microchip at the vets today - he was a star!

    The vet greeted us very warmly and commented on how much Raiden had grown. She also asked how Zoey was which I thought was nice :smile: Raiden had a play on the table and greeted the vet, then he had his jab (and was fine) and the microchip - big shriek but lots of cuddles, fuss and ham had him bouncing back ;)

    More play with the vet, then we weighed him. He's gone from 3.6kg to 4.5kg in two weeks!! I asked the vet if she thought he was a little too skinny, but she said he's looking good. We popped him back on the table and Raiden offered tricks whilst we chatted with the vet. I love that 'settle' (lying down with chin resting on floor and making eye contact) is his current favourite thing to offer as it meant I didn't have to worry about him falling off the examination table!!

    I asked the vet when he can be neutered and she said any time from 5 months, so I think we'll book him in for 6 months. Feeling reassured as the vet immediately mentioned sending him home with a cone and pain relief, which Zoey's terrible vet did neither. I'm gonna start counter conditioning everyone to Raiden wearing the cone immediately so nobody freaks out over it. Vet finished the appointment by saying 'I wish every owner was like you' which made us feel all smiley!

    I'm so tired. Everyone else is sleeping but my sleep is sooo crud...when I'm tired I can't sleep and when it's night and I'm supposed to sleep I'm wide awake! Hopefully I can keep going another five hours then have an early night and actually manage to get a good night's kip...
    • CommentTimeSep 25th, 2015 8:15pm (Sep 25th 2015)
    Maybe Lyle needs to clicker train you to sleep!! I'm not surprised the vet likes you - it must be lovely to have well behaved dogs in the surgery.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 26th, 2015 5:49pm (Sep 26th 2015)
    Have you tried valerian tablets? (health shop/amazon). It's the only thing that works for my friend and she used to have terrible sleep problems.
    • CommentTimeSep 26th, 2015 9:29pm (Sep 26th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    I don't know about well behaved dogs Kate!! Rey might seem well behaved atm but that's just puppyhood :rolling:

    Valerian tablets sound good CC (apart from people say they smell of feet / socks!!) I'll just have to check with a pharmacist that I can take them. I read in a few places that allergy tablets can really help sleep, as long as they're not 'non drowsy' ones.

    Raiden had a huge adventure today as we had no plans, so we walked the adult dogs then took him out. We were out for ages, but Raiden had lots of carry breaks so he didn't over-exert himself. We walked to a really popular dog walking spot to try find other dogs, but didn't see any...typical!

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    Raiden had never been to a forest before so it was all very exciting for him...took us several minutes to walk a few feet :tooth:

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    He quickly realised that we liked it when he put his front paws up on the dry stone wall :rolling:

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    Although when I tried to get him to do it again, so I could get a better photo, he just offered a sit and looked confused :rofl:

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    Carry break!

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    More off lead time with plenty of zoomies!

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    Think he might be tired by this point :)

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    And a video of the adventure. He invented a great game towards the end where he had his toy in his mouth and ran between us, growling, to settle about 10ft away then repeat over and over...made us laugh!

      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 27th, 2015 4:28pm (Sep 27th 2015)
    Valerian does indeed stink. But you're not supposed to stuff it up your nose...
    • CommentTimeSep 28th, 2015 8:37pm (Sep 28th 2015)
    I'm sure they use valerian in some cat toys - it's far more potent than catnip and can't be given to a cat under 12 months. Don't know why, maybe the drug effect of it would cause some sort of long term problem? And yes, it stinks! We had a valerian rat in a plastic bag in the drawer under the TV and the cats could smell it and would try to pull the drawer open! Didn't know it was a sleep aid - didn't send the cats to sleep!!!!!
    • CommentTimeSep 28th, 2015 8:43pm (Sep 28th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    I found some herbal sleep aid pills today that have Valerian in along with another herb (best I could find around here) so hopefully I'll get some shut eye tonight!

    Photos from a very hot dog walk yesterday...

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    And this is a high point for Kasper's walk when he gets to swim in the 'watering hole'. It's actually a few feet deep and is wonderful for cooling him down!

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    Hello you two!

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    Zoey's turn

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    Zoey dancing in the grass!!

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    So happy to roll :)

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    Little poser ;)

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    Look at that adorable face!!

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    This looks familiar :rolling:

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    Here's Zoey doing some focus work with the puppy (Rey is to the right)

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    "I want them so bad!!!"

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    "Oh pooey I am somewhat stuck..."

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    • CommentTimeSep 28th, 2015 8:47pm (Sep 28th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: KatebI'm sure they use valerian in some cat toys - it's far more potent than catnip and can't be given to a cat under 12 months. Don't know why, maybe the drug effect of it would cause some sort of long term problem? And yes, it stinks! We had a valerian rat in a plastic bag in the drawer under the TV and the cats could smell it and would try to pull the drawer open! Didn't know it was a sleep aid - didn't send the cats to sleep!!!!!

    Ha how funny Kate!

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    Raiden has discovered he can fly :)

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 29th, 2015 3:33pm (Sep 29th 2015)
    My friend had some valerian teabags to help her sleep. The cats found them and shredded them...
    • CommentTimeSep 29th, 2015 8:22pm (Sep 29th 2015)
    LOL CC! Now you know why!! (Unless she's the lady that invented valerian filled rats!!)
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2015 3:33pm (Sep 30th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Hi handsome!!

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    The dogs got a really expensive treat yesterday :rolling:

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    Ewww! Omb it was SO gross...

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    I think they liked the smell of it though...? :tooth:

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    Here they are settled on the couch

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    And Zoey can focus, be calm and train so close to Raiden now ^__^

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    Yay :)

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    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2015 3:33pm (Sep 30th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh and Raiden now knows ten 'tricks' / cues :)

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2015 4:42pm (Sep 30th 2015)
    :ack2:Yeeuch and bleurgh, Red! And I'm a meat eater - must have been horrid for you dishing up that ox tongue, no matter how much of a bargain it was!:ack2::_puke:
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2015 11:07pm (Sep 30th 2015)
    I agree CC -- gross!! Well done - did you cook it or feed raw?
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2015 9:58am (Oct 1st 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    The worst thing about it was when you were tearing bits off, it didn't just tear like ham, it was...sinewy :beurk: Kate it was cooked - they REALLY liked it, it certainly beat the squid :rolling:
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2015 12:51pm (Oct 1st 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    You can tell Zoey has had a nice walk today, because she is covered in cow poo :rofl:

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    Here we are having a rest stop

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    And the most amazing thing happened, which to almost anyone else on the planet won't seem amazing at Zoey hates her harness, and although she can just about sit in it, she has never managed to lie down on cue. She will flop and roll in grass, but that's very different to lying down in Zoey's head :tooth:

    Today on one of our rest stops I was doing some training with Zoey. Mainly playing the touch game and getting her to sit when asked etc and one time she thought I had given her the hand signal to lie down...and she just did it!! :bigsmile:

    So I got her to do it a few more times and she was totally happy with it :woohoo: She even lay down and held focus so I could get a pic
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    We have been saying she seems happier than she's ever been with her harness this past few idea why!
    • CommentTimeOct 4th, 2015 6:04pm (Oct 4th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    Will try remember to post pup photos later - little guy needs a walk right now!
    • CommentTimeOct 4th, 2015 7:52pm (Oct 4th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Here is the little man looking pretty damn adorable :001_tt1:

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    Oh god, that face!! :rainbow:

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    This is what he thinks of me :rolling:

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    On this day he had been for a huge walk on the canal. He got to explore, run off lead, he saw another young dog and all in all did really well. I think he was tired after though - do you think?? :rofl:

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    Also, now he is a huge strapping boy of almost 14 weeks (!), he almost fits in Zoey's harness that she wore at a similar age :) Here he is working on being calm whilst it's put on:

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    Fastening the clip

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    He looks so flipping cute in it!! He wore it on a walk for the first time today, and as the chest strap is a little too big it sticks out more than it should and is tempting to chew. Even so he only chewed it twice on his walk, and he was distracted easily...this harness is MUCH easier to put on than his step-in harness, it has a handle to grab in an emergency and it only has one D clip to attach the lead which is sooooo much easier!!

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    There's a local pet shop that has a 3 tier basket holding dog toys, and they're not organised at all...some have been there for literally years, whereas others are new. Some are totally over-priced whereas others are utter bargains, so it's always worth a look! Well, I found THIS the other day!!

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    It's a FOOT LONG ANTLER, for just £12! :gasp:

    Also got this, which is a Nylabone-type toy, but you fill the groove with wet stuff (peanut butter, cottage cheese etc) and then you can freeze it!

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    more incoming...
    • CommentTimeOct 4th, 2015 7:57pm (Oct 4th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Big pups - who has the treats, I wonder?! :rolling:

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    Purdy blocky girl :heart:

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    The chin rest we've been working on! Nice way for being calm, easy restraint, good eye contact and can be used for recall work too!

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    And boo boy!

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    Zoey had a really fun walk yesterday when she got to go off lead trailing a longline again. She was so good and really had fun, and we found a large empty plastic bottle that she could rag about and chase after...then we had a mooch around the fields, she had a paddle and just really had a nice time :)

    Raiden had a walk to the fields a village over tonight, and when I had him on the ground to do some training around distractions a swarm of children minute there was just one kid, and I was giving him a treat to feed to Rey and telling him what the clicker around my neck was, and the next moment SIX kids had appeared!!

    Rey did really well though; he was so pleased to say hi to all of them, not an ounce of fear! Lovely bit of socialising with kids ranging from about 7 - 12 years old, and we picked him up when he was getting too giddy.

    And we have some really exciting hikes planned with Kasper coming up. One to a reservoir (if we can work out where the public footpaths are as most of them are well hidden >__< ), one to a huge open grassy beach quite far away, and one to a field along the canal. Most of those are big adventures that will last a few hours, so Kasper will love them! :dog:

    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2015 8:58pm (Oct 5th 2015)
    I'm glad that baby Rey likes kids (it could save on your feed bill :) ..ok bad joke.) Take lots of pictures of your hikes, please..I love to seeing them.
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2015 10:05pm (Oct 5th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    Omb I forgot how hard it is managing kids over dogs!! :rolling:

    The first kid was like "Aw, does he bite?"
    Me: "No, hold on just a sec and I'll give you a treat you can give to him..."
    Kid: "What's that around your neck?"
    Me: "Oh it's a clicker, you use it to mark when the puppy's done something good, right before you give him a treat...Okay, take this and just hold your palm flat so..."
    2nd Kid: "CAN I HAVE OOOOOONE???"
    Me: "Um...yes, one second...okay, so hold your palm like this and..."
    3rd - 6th kids: "Can we have one? Wow, what's that?!"
    Oh god... :rofl:

    They were awesome kids though, not too dramatic when Raiden jumped and kissed their faces - there was no shrieking and hysteria, which was nice :)

    Hey thanks Lynn! Providing the weather's not too horrible tomorrow I'll try get my camera out for pics! :bigsmile:

    For now here's a really short video of Zoey looking absolutely gorgeous!! I was trying to get a video of her adorable lip twitching / mini snarls she does whilst playing, but as I was watching her and not the camera I missed most of them...she still looks pretty damn cute though :smile:

    In case anybody is wondering, this is what Zoey would look like with no ears :rolling:

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    And a 'broken' ear :tooth:

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    And here she is doing some focus work whilst Raiden is held by Lyle. As you can see she can be just inches away from him, but she no longer struggles to concentrate on me at all...wonderful, wonderful progress!

    A few times she has even gone and interacted with him, then brought herself away with no encouragement from me, and settled on the couch for a treat!!
    • CommentTimeOct 6th, 2015 9:47pm (Oct 6th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    Zoey's gigantic octopus arrived for her birthday in twelve days time today...IT'S REALLY FLIPPING BIG!!

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    Poor thing. Zoey's really going to love destroying this! :rolling:

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    • CommentTimeOct 6th, 2015 11:39pm (Oct 6th 2015)
    The lady across the way has a shitzu ( is that spelling right?!) and Caitlyn met him on Sunday. He ran over (on a long lead) and was really friendly. I hadn't realised he'd jumped up her until we got in the car and she said "dog claws are sharp. I thought only cats had sharp claws" and sat rubbing her leg for a bit. She was fine, and I was proud of her for being good around the dog and not like 7year olds usually act.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 7th, 2015 5:44pm (Oct 7th 2015)
    And top marks for not shrieking 'HE SCRATCHED ME!!!' and making the owner feel dreadful and worried about prosecution...
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2015 7:25pm (Oct 8th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    That's what the kids at the park were like Kate, and I was amazed and very grateful! :)

    I wonder who turned 14 weeks old this Tuesday...?

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    Apparently this is the best position to lie in and chew a toy :sarcastic:

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    I love him I love him I love him!!!

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    Next, Zoey has recently(ish - in the last year) discovered that she really likes balls. Like so:

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    "Hey, throw it already!"

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    "What the...?! Where'd it go?" :rofl:

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    And I discovered that taking photos of dogs catching things is really hard. Especially because Zoey bounces quite high into the air *into* the ball, so you have to guess where she will end up!!

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    And photos from a walk today can be found here!
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2015 7:26pm (Oct 8th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh, and just because she is cute :)

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    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2015 9:28am (Oct 9th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    both very cute, last pic is lovely :)
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2015 7:56pm (Oct 9th 2015)
    Next door to us there's a JR/Staffy cross. Her very favourite thing is a tennis ball. Any balls that the kids lose in our garden don't get thrown back over the school - they get donated to Tia! If you ever visit again, let me know in advance and I'll start saving them... :D
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2015 11:49pm (Oct 9th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks man :tooth:

    CC she's never been interested in chasing after balls, I don't know what's happened! We found an old knackered rugby ball on the field when she was off lead and she went crazy chasing after that and giving it the old Terrier shake, so I need to buy her a rugby ball in :bigsmile:

    Posted By: chief chickenny balls that the kids lose in our garden don't get thrown back over the school - they get donated to Tia! If you ever visit again, let me know in advance and I'll start saving them... :D

    The one advantage to living near a school...? :smile:
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 10th, 2015 1:30pm (Oct 10th 2015)
    We can do you rugby balls and footballs in the winter too. And the occasional hockey ball...
    • CommentTimeOct 10th, 2015 10:43pm (Oct 10th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    Oooh well she loooves rugby balls!! Kasper had a cricket ball once, my dad gave it to us as we were struggling to find long lasting toys...unfortunately Kasper made short work of it :sarcastic:
    Brother work from today :)

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    Raiden offering 'settle' :heart:

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    Kasper's in my bad (bad bad) books at the moment. I was doing training with both dogs; Kasper was in a down on the couch, and I was doing a doggy obstacle course with Zoey to tire her out. For no reason other than Zoey jumped onto the couch *slightly* too close to Kasper (she didn't even TOUCH him - Kasper walks all over her when she's asleep!!) Kasper snarled and air snapped by her, then chased her off :sad:

    I felt SO sorry for Zoey!! She was only doing what she was told and having a really fun time, bless her :face-sad:

    Then when I was reassuring Zoey and feeding her treats and cuddling her, Kasper went and pulled a tub of cotton buds off the shelf and a hundred cotton buds went EVERYWHERE.

    God bless Zoey, she really didn't deserve that, stupid grumpy git Kasper. He's in his crate now with a Kong, and will stay there 'til bed. Zoey had more fun training and is now in a deep sleep on the couch with some toys, and Rey is in the big pen with Lyle.
    • CommentTimeOct 10th, 2015 10:47pm (Oct 10th 2015)
    Just like kids - not the centre of attention so first chance they get they have to have a go at their sibling to take the attention!
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2015 4:11pm (Oct 12th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    The thing that annoys me about Kasper in particular is that he gets extremely grumpy when someone does something to him he doesn't like (such as walking nearby when he's sleeping), but he will happily jump on top of Zoey when she's asleep :sarcastic:

    I got an early birthday off my parents, yaaaay! :smile:

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    Oh yea!

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    I now have all the nail trimming necessities - clippers, dremel, file and - of course! - TREATS!

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    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2015 4:33pm (Oct 12th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    And working with Kasper and the dremel last night...I have spent over three years trying to slowly train Kasper to let me handle, trim the fur and cut the nails on his paws. I can now handle them, and even touch things to them, and he's 95% comfortable...but actually taking bits of nail off is still stressful for him, and sessions have to very positive, hundreds of treats and kept VERY short!

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    I have discovered putting a treat on my leg in front of him and asking him to 'leave it' is helpful. Because he can see the reward he keeps some of his focus on that, and he seems to gain confidence from it.

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    After one session I could rub the dremel (turned off obviously) against his front paws. I also had the dremel turned on a few feet from him and fed him treat-after-treat and he did okay. Such a slow process though and his nails so need cutting...

    Need to start dremel work with Zoey and especially Raiden today...his nails seem to grow SO fast, and because his paws are so furry he doesn't wear them down. And of course they're black nails which are horrible to trim *sigh*
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2015 4:40pm (Oct 12th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    And finally we have hit fifteen tricks with Raiden!!! :bigsmile:

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    'P.I' = positive interrupter
    'this way' = changing direction
    'c'mon then' = carry on, eg. after sitting for a treat
    'up / off' getting on and off furniture - he can make it onto the all on his own couch now!!
    'Tall' = stand on back legs (SO cute!)
    'Hup' = go from lying down to sitting
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2015 10:32pm (Oct 13th 2015) edited

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    Took Zoey to the hall yesterday (still not got a key sorted :sarcastic: ) and omb SHE LOVED IT!!!

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    Here she is having a whale of a time - I am particularly proud of how well she does with her wait / stays, and her running off lead to heel...we haven't been working on that one long at all, and she's really good and loves it!

    I think she approved of the ham ;)

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    When we got home, after an hour of training and play, she was shattered and didn't move for the rest of the night. Kasper kept trying to play, and she just looked at him bleary eyed :tooth:

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    • CommentTimeOct 14th, 2015 7:40pm (Oct 14th 2015)

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    • CommentTimeOct 15th, 2015 10:52am (Oct 15th 2015)

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    I just love Zoey's face in that last pic - it's hilarious!! This is why she's always smiling. :)
    • CommentTimeOct 16th, 2015 11:35pm (Oct 16th 2015) edited

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    My dad now calls that her 'grumble face' and has been asking lots if she has pulled it since :tooth:

    I bought a new toy box the other day. It's woven but plastic so easy to clean and should last ages. Really easy to be able to see all the toys (in the narrow bins we always forget about the toys that get lost at the bottom!); it's also humongous too, so whereas two toy bins were full this basket can fit loads more in :smile:

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    Beardy Raiden at 15 weeks

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    We happened to see a photo from when he first came home today - he had no hair and no legs hahahaha look at him!!

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    And a video of an uber short training session tonight. He does some of his newer tricks (tall, up and off) and also does settle brilliantly! :heart:

    • CommentTimeOct 19th, 2015 9:28pm (Oct 19th 2015)

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    I got a new adjustable lead for my birthday, here we are walking Kasper on it! It's not as long as our other, which makes it ideal for road / night walks, and the leather is SO comfortable compared to the nylon leads we have!!

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    The dogs have had so many walks this weekend, they've all had three separate walks A DAY so are very happy :tooth:

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 20th, 2015 4:32pm (Oct 20th 2015)
    Have you ever walked them all together Red? Will you be able to? It'd save you quite a few miles!
    • CommentTimeOct 20th, 2015 7:01pm (Oct 20th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    Unfortunately their needs are so different we wouldn't be able to walk two of them together, never mind all three!!

    For example Raiden's obviously still learning absolutely everything; so there's socialisation (people, dogs, cars, animals etc), distraction training, recall, rewarding good behaviour etc etc.

    Kasper needs lots of work around farm animals (damn you sheep!) and residual stranger confidence boosting.

    Zoey needs management with dogs so she isn't attacked / scared further, and we've been working on off lead areas and recall with her too recently :smile:

    We can manage the odd walk with the boys together (but Raiden gets VERY vocal, which we don't want to encourage!) and if we have to we can walk Kasper and Zoey together, but the older two much prefer their walks alone and it's easier for us too!
    • CommentTimeOct 20th, 2015 9:04pm (Oct 20th 2015)

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    Zoey approves of the new cam being back online :)

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    • CommentTimeOct 22nd, 2015 1:07am (Oct 22nd 2015) edited

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    Raiden is 16 weeks old now and should be losing his puppy teeth soon! We tried to see if any had fallen out today but he's so wriggly and thought it was a great game :tooth:

    Some pics from a focus session tonight...this is the first time Raiden has been completely loose on the floor with Zoey and they haven't just distracted each other :bigsmile:

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    When Rey did pester Zoey she glanced his way then switched her attention back to me, and Raiden was easily directed back into a sit. Kasper had it easy as he was on the couch and Raiden loves Zoey more anyway, and Raiden even offered a settle!

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    D'awww!! :heart:

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    • CommentTimeOct 23rd, 2015 2:37am (Oct 23rd 2015)

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    Today we got home early and, as if we hadn't done enough walking, we decided to walk with Kasper to a restaurant that does real gelato, eat it on a bench somewhere, then walk home. It was such a WONDERFUL walk, and the three of us had a lovely time, but I am sooo tired now!

    Setting off - all the leaves that fell with the rain have been blown to the side of the road by the cars

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    Heading towards the beach

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    There's a section of the beach you have to cross where very long grass covers deep holes in the beach. Some of them are 2ft+ deep, and you really can't see where they are, it's terrifying walking across!! You can just about see some (the black patches) in this pic

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    And I was so slow and cautious Kasper got bored and lay down :rolling:

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    I have a thing for sunrise, sunsets, clouds and please excuse the number of photos I took

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    We had numerous water breaks and several times Kasper turned his back on the bowl...the doofus prefers the saltwater *sigh* :sarcastic:

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    Love his soggy fur and the light on his nose / tongue :smile:

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    We walked for miles beside the sea...well, we would've if the tide wasn't out!

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    This photo is very special to me, I LOVE it!

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    Lyle went in to get the ice cream and was in there for aaaages! We waited

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    And then I made him post on things for hot dog :tooth:

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    • CommentTimeOct 23rd, 2015 2:37am (Oct 23rd 2015) edited

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    We tied Kasper to a bench and sat next to him whilst we scoffed our grub...

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    He tried some of my mint gelato

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    He didn't get a lot as there were tiny chocolate flakes in it

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    Working those puppy dog eyes ;)

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    He was so good at waiting until we were finsihed

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    I didn't see this until I was resizing it on the PC, look at the ice cream on his chin!! :rolling:

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    It was very dark by this point and we were starting to feel tired...only an hour's walking until home!

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    He'd been out for several hours but still had plenty of energy :)

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    Leaves, leaves, everywhere leaves!

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    • CommentTimeOct 23rd, 2015 10:29pm (Oct 23rd 2015) edited

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    So, had our first session of filing Kasper's nails tonight, and it was AMAAAAAZING!!

    In the first session I was filing Kasper's nails for about four minutes, and the progress is already incredible. His nails are hideously overgrown; there is no way he'll ever trust clippers and the dremel has to be introduced slowly so I can't use that for weeks, possibly months. The worst thing I could do with Kasper is to rush him. Time to try out the hardware file we bought :bigsmile:

    Kasper had absolutely no issue with the sensation / noise of the file, or with his nails being restrained at all. I think a lot of his issues with the clippers is that you have to hold his paws, position his toes right and then there's a lot of fiddling, faffing and pressure too.

    With the file I'm able to hold just one toe, and I can even hold the nail where he can't feel it!

    In a four minute session I worked on one light nail (easy to see any progress we might make) on a front paw, which he is most comfortable with and which are also in more urgent need of cutting than the back paws. So it's the nail closest to the camera - before:

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    After :bigsmile:

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    This was literally done in under five minutes, and with Lyle feeding Kasper treats pretty much constantly Kasper had absolutely no issues at all. I can try feed him peanut butter whilst counterconditioning him to the clippers and he is still not at all comfortable :smile:

    I am so, so relieved to have found something I can do immediately to wear his nails down. From what I know black nails are generally tougher than lighter coloured nails, so the file may not be as effective on the darker nails, but yaaaay! It was getting to the point (because counterconditioning Kasper to handling issues is soooo sloooow) that I was really panicked we were going to have to take him to the vets and have him anaesthetised to have his nails cut. It happens.
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd, 2015 10:48pm (Oct 23rd 2015) edited

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    Seeing as it's actually Autumn now we got the blankets out (they haven't been used since last winter and are making me sneeze like crazy! :sick: ), even though it's not cold. Zoey is sooo happy about this :smile:

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    Look at that little stubby snout :rolling:

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    Cutie patootie or what?

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    And Kasper enjoying himself chewing on both antlers...we have three or four antlers lying about at the moment, so the older pups are thrilled

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    Very grateful to Plaque Off and antlers / Nylabones for keeping those teeth so white, huge improvement on how they used to be :)

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2015 2:24pm (Oct 24th 2015)
    Lovely may have to add manicurist to your list of possible careers along with animal chef, photographer, blogger, dogtrainer...:face-smile:
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2015 4:02pm (Oct 24th 2015)

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    Can you see the difference CC?? I wasn't sure if it was just me being overly optimistic ^__^

    I'll be doing more filing today so will post more progress pics as we go along!

    His nails got so horrifically long. I've been trying hard to countercondition him to having his nail clipped, especially the past year or so, but although we've made progress it's been so slow and I don't know if he'll ever be comfortable with the clippers. Then I found the dremel, which is supposedly more comfortable for the dog and makes it harder to accidentally cut the quick, and THEN I read about hardware files...I can't wait to get his nails down to a more manageable length *excited* :bigsmile:
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 25th, 2015 11:44am (Oct 25th 2015)
    There's a very marked difference Red; if you have the patience it's an ideal solution. What colour nail varnish are you going to go for? :D
    • CommentTimeOct 25th, 2015 6:25pm (Oct 25th 2015)

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    AWESOME! We had another session yesterday, but didn't file as long as we'd run out of high value treats. Got more ham and chicken slices in today so hoping to do another few minutes filing today :smile:

    Kasper rocks bright orange. Maybe bright orange varnish with glitter? :rolling:
    • CommentTimeOct 25th, 2015 7:14pm (Oct 25th 2015) edited

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    Little guy is sixteen weeks old now and a proper little doggy :)

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    He's doing wonderfully at the moment, I'm so happy with him! His training is fantastic and he's so ready to follow cues outside even around distractions - I really wanted to work and work and work on this with him as we didn't with Zoey and she still struggles to do a sit around distractions :sarcastic:

    Raiden will come away from distractions when called (be it people, litter or dogs). Since he was 11 weeks old we have been playing LAT with him, so whenever he sees *anything* (dog, person, car, horse, sheep etc) he gets a click and treat *before* he has time to do something we want to discourage, such as pull, yap, jump up etc. HE'S SO GOOD!

    He went on a bus for the first time two days ago after having lots of preparation work. We got on at 11.30pm so it would be quiet, we took a peanut butter Kong and stayed on for a few minutes before getting off and walking back - he did great :woohoo:

    We've also been doing preparation for Bonfire Night, by playing firework sound videos on YouTube. As you can see he's definitely very concerned about the noises...or not bwahahaha :rolling:

    Zoey and Raiden are improving at a drastic rate in their ability to be calm around each other. Used to be they couldn't concentrate on anything else other than each other. Then one could be called away mid-play, but would be distracted when the other bounded after this happens :smile:

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    Neither of them are restrained at all anymore, and sometimes Zoey will interact with Rey for a few seconds then reorient herself and re-focus on me, and Raiden will do the same
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    Please excuse the mouse cage on the couch. I plan to put it in the other cages (once the new one arrives) for extra levels!

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    So close so calmly :)

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    4 months old and he already looks like an old, old man! :tooth:

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    • CommentTimeOct 27th, 2015 7:09pm (Oct 27th 2015) edited

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    I've found a few places / ways I can give the dogs raw food whilst also avoiding bones or chunks of things that Zoey and (especially) Kasper can't swallow and make themselves ill with...the mince is one option, which they seem to like.

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    And I've also found a site that we're going to order boneless pork chunks, poultry feet (not dried...they literally just look like chicken feet!!) and pig's tongues (ewww!) from.

    Also, as you can feed the mince frozen I made 'Mince Pops' with it :rolling: :rofl:

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    Not only did this work really well, the dogs loooved them!

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    Kasper and Zoey tried a mince pop each today and really enjoyed them, so I filled the empty holes with wet dog food...the can's huge and we never use it before it goes bad, but the ingredients are really high quality, so I'll just freeze it in pop form! :tooth:

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    Finally I am baking Zoey's birthday cake tonight - it is finally bl**dy happening!!

    I've picked wild blackberries on THREE different occasions to colour the icing with, and each time they've gone off because we've been too busy to bake. Now enough is enough, and we actually just got home (seriously, I haven't eaten anything ALL DAY) but instead of feeding myself I'm baking my dog a birthday cake...I think I have my priorities wrong!! :tooth:

    She's so worth it though ;)

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    • CommentAuthorEdge
    • CommentTimeOct 29th, 2015 1:52pm (Oct 29th 2015)
    The mince cubes are a great idea I bet they'll be really good in summer too, we need to try Raiden with one :bigsmile:
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 29th, 2015 6:35pm (Oct 29th 2015)
    Brilliant idea - what made you think of mince pops?
    • CommentTimeOct 29th, 2015 10:56pm (Oct 29th 2015)

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    There are a few recipes for different animals where you freeze them...guinea pigs, smaller rodents, dogs etc Most the recipes are blended meat and broth, but I just used 100% turkey or wet dog food. They should be really useful in summer for keeping the pups cool, and as they're a really high value treat they're so easy to just pop one out and give a dog one if I'm putting them in their crate for just a few minutes :smile:
    • CommentTimeOct 31st, 2015 8:22pm (Oct 31st 2015)

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    Short video of Raiden at 17 weeks old racing about off lead on the beach...oh boy, does he love getting MUDDY! :bigsmile:

      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd, 2015 5:32pm (Nov 2nd 2015)
    Just like all kids - the muckier the better!:face-smile: