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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th, 2014 1:23pm (Feb 13th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Some pics of the Zoey pup...she LOVES to stare out the window, but boy is she noisy when people stop in front of our house! First the tail starts wagging at 100mph and then the ear-splitting "I want to say hi!" whining begins!! :smile:

    We had a room shuffle around yesterday and now Zoey can't see out of the window as easily as the table is in front of it...she is not amused! :rolling:

    And the second pic...so much 'awww' right there! :D
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th, 2014 10:20pm (Feb 13th 2014)
     
    That is so cute!!! Zoey is a sweetie too! :laugh:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th, 2014 1:45pm (Feb 14th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    She LOVES sleeping on top of someone, or in the crook of someone's arms or legs, and of course she has to be under a blanket...spoilt little brat :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th, 2014 8:12pm (Feb 14th 2014)
     
    I love a cuddly pet!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th, 2014 5:24pm (Feb 15th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Do you want her? :tooth:

    Here she is chewing her Nylabone on Lyle's leg, obviously to chew elsewhere would be too far away....you have to accept the lovely spitty marks she leaves on EVERYTHING!!

    We were stopped by a couple in a car the other day as they commented on how beautiful Zoey was and asked how old she was. They had a 14 year old Staffy in the back of their car! Wasn't that lovely? :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th, 2014 9:38pm (Feb 15th 2014)
     
    I'd love to have her but I think the cats might have a different opinion!

    What lovely people they were - they are the sort that give you back your faith in human nature.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th, 2014 8:02am (Feb 17th 2014)
     
    Zoey is soooo cute..maybe Lyle doesn't think it's so cute to have doggy spit on his leg, but it's a darling picture. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th, 2014 2:17pm (Feb 17th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahaha Kate why? Zoey just LOVES cats!!!! :tooth:

    Ugh, Lynn she chewed her Nylabone on the couch so long the other night that drool was running down and dripping onto the carpet...Lyle was NOT amused and quickly cleaned it up!
    We had to tell someone today we couldn't walk their dog :( We would have loved to (owner couldn't walk the dog anymore, and the dog was very nervous on walks so needed confidence building) but as we don't drive it would have taken us an hour and a half to get there, and the bus times were dodgy at best...very sad though, feel like we let the owner and dog down :sad: We spent ages weighing up the pro's and cons, but it just wasn't feasible. Booo!

    Some pics of the pups from last night...we did quite a bit of training so they were both shattered, bless them! :smile: I love the last two pics of Zoey, she just looks sooooo tired! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th, 2014 5:09pm (Feb 17th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    And the training video :)

    (don't you just love my pyjama bottoms?!? :tooth:)

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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th, 2014 5:14pm (Feb 17th 2014)
     
    ....but she can't eat a whole one?!!! :cat2:

    Don't feel bad about not being able to walk the dog - it has to be a 2-way process and beneficial to both and all that travel wouldn't have been good.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2014 6:35pm (Feb 18th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha to be honest I don't know what she would do with a cat...Kasper would kill one for sure (and quickly eat it!) but I think Zoey might just play with it...rather roughly!! :tooth:

    Posted By: KatebDon't feel bad about not being able to walk the dog - it has to be a 2-way process and beneficial to both and all that travel wouldn't have been good.

    Thank you :) Yes, it was far too much travelling and we would have been losing £2 a walk...not really worth it haha. I hope the owner can find someone else to help her and her dog out though.

    Seen a dog bed I really want to get from ebay, it's sooo cute and only costs £10 with delivery...however we really don't need any more dog beds :tooth: I want a nice new one for the living room, but there's no point when there are three upstairs that Kasper doesn't use! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2014 7:48pm (Feb 18th 2014)
     
    That's a nice bed and a good price! Wonder what it's stuffed with and if it'd stand up to washing? Hmm, no scale to see how big it is though.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2014 7:29pm (Feb 19th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The description listed the size and it's about the same size as the beds we use now...I'd love to buy it, but can't really complain as Lyle already let me buy a new mouse cage today haha :tooth:

    I moved the two dog beds back down to the living room (they sit on top of each other to make it more cushioned for the pups) and since having them down here Zoey has been going to settle on them constantly!! This is so unusual, she has NEVER used a dog bed in her life before! I don't know if it's because I've been teaching her a 'go to bed' command so now she sees them as a really positive place, but whatever it is it's unbelievably cute! :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2014 7:32pm (Feb 19th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Some pics of her using her Kong too...it's probably one of her favourite dog toys, up there with Nylabones and antlers anyway! We stuff it with all sorts of things, today she had pasta, cooked vegetables and cheese in it - she loved it! :smile:

    I LOVE the first pic of her ^__^
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2014 6:32pm (Feb 20th 2014)
     
    Red, I wish I lived close to you, I'd have you train my little devil dog, Frodo. I loved the training video. Zoey is such a smart little girl.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2014 7:48pm (Feb 20th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha awww I'd love to train him!! :bigsmile: How is Frodo doing? Has he grown lots?

    Yes Zoey is a very smart little pup. I need to get back into the swing of doing proper training sessions and going over all their behaviours. That was the first training (other than basics like touch, sit, lie down etc) we have done in a long time. And I LOVE working on leg weaves too so I should do it more often! :P

    We had a friend over last night and Zoey was a bit of a star again. We gave her liver in a Kong when she was in her crate and she hardly whined at all. Then when she was let out with our friend she was really good, excitedly said hello and then curled up to sleep beside him...bless her! :smile:

    We ended up staying up really late so all the dogs have done today is sleep haha! They haven't played or been active once bless them. Worked out really well though as I was shattered too so means I have caught up on sleep as well!!

    Did an interesting blog about how you can't reinforce fear the other day, saying how when a dog is afraid you CAN comfort it and, contrary to the popular myth, you're not rewarding it for being afraid / encouraging the fear. It's like taking a child scared of the dentists to the dentists; you wouldn't punish or ignore them for being afraid, you would comfort them. It's the same with dogs :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2014 7:58pm (Feb 22nd 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Had a crazy last walk yesterday. We headed out with Zoey at about 10.15pm and about five minutes into our walk a huge Irish Setter came trotting across the road and began bothering Zoey. It was very friendly but just would not leave her alone!! When she tried to move away from it and get some space it just circled after her, and there was nothing we could do as there was no owner in sight.

    Well we tried to get away from the dog but it wasn't happening, and the dog was obviously straying. So I got out the trusty spare lead, clipped it to the dog's collar and we all walked along together for about half an hour, searching for an owner. Eventually I saw some people coming out of the pub, and asked if they knew who the dog might belong to. They lead us to a house, I got the owners out of bed only to discover it wasn't their dog and in fact they had just had their dog PTS (aaagh, OOOPS!) but they knew where she lived and took her home for us :smile:

    Poor Zoey, she always gets the dogs that are too overwhelming!

    Today we went on a really intense dog walk. We went to check out a new walk and about 25 minutes of it was up the steepest hill I've ever seen! We climbed all the way to the top, absolutely shattered (even Zoey was panting!), then followed a track through some trees into a field, where we saw three pheasants and two deer!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2014 8:19pm (Feb 22nd 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh and here is a pic of the miserable little pup...she flees to her bed or her crate when she knows her harness is about to be put on, and tries to make herself invisible. Awww, bless her!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2014 11:35pm (Feb 22nd 2014)
     
    You would think she'd be glad to see the harness as it means walkies!! Glad the people could help out.

    I had an awkward moment today too. Some people came in to look for a cat and they didn't look very er, 'nice'? He wanted a kitten on a whim, then saw a beautiful big boy and wanted him instead. He phoned someone else to come down. When I was talking to her I asked if the cat was for her son ... deathly silence and a cutting look. "Er, I mean partner!" I mumbled out, and apologised profusely. We'd had lots of families in today and it just sort of fell out of my mouth! Anyway, she was a lot more reasonable and I was able to chat to her about not having an adult cat with her current cat-aggressive cat. I said a kitten would be better, but chances were her current cat still wouldn't accept it so maybe a new cat wasn't the best idea. Sadly, they are fixed on having a kitten and went elsewhere to find one (we don't have any available).
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2014 5:42pm (Feb 23rd 2014)
     
    Zoey really doesn't look happy about the harness..poor baby.:face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th, 2014 4:21pm (Feb 24th 2014)
     
    You'd think she was about to be beaten soundly rather than taken for a lovely walk - funny little girl!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th, 2014 4:21pm (Feb 24th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahaha, I hate awkward moments so much, that feeling when you know you've put your foot in it...eeeep!!

    Posted By: LynnWZoey really doesn't look happy about the harness..poor baby.<img src=" />


    She HATES having her harness put on. We do it twice a day and she builds it up to being such a terrible thing that she never gets used to it. We have a spare harness that I'm using to counter condition her to having it put on (so one is the "horrible" harness and the other will become the nice harness!) but it's slow going...I've been at it for about 3 weeks now and we've made barely any progress!

    Got some marvelous snarly-faced pics of both dogs...they look soooo vicious when they play hahaha! And in one it looks just like they are dancing :rolling:

    Kasper was very happy after the play session but oh my, SO tired!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th, 2014 7:17pm (Feb 24th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Just spent £17 on five HUGE chunks of antler for Kasper's Gotcha day...it's still a month away so might end up giving them a few pieces early, you know what I'm like ^__^
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th, 2014 10:50pm (Feb 24th 2014)
     
    You can see why people are wary of dogs -they can look pretty fearsome with those big teeth, but then look at those last pictures-such lovely dogs.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th, 2014 2:55pm (Feb 25th 2014)
     
    Lookit dem FANGS!!!!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th, 2014 5:06pm (Feb 26th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I love how much gum they show when they're playing snarly-face :tooth:

    Had a bundle of doggy goodies arrive today, a new lead and the antlers, hooray! The lead is another with multiple D rings so you can change the length. They're my favourite sort of lead and our last one had snapped almost all the way through (despite the fact we had only been using it 2 months!).

    The antlers are AWESOME! We worked out if we'd bought Stagbar antlers of a similar size it would have cost around £65 - we paid £17 for them, including postage! :smile:

    And Zoey looking oh so serious :001_rolleyes:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th, 2014 6:18pm (Feb 26th 2014)
     
    2 months?! Can you send it back? Surely that's not fit for purpose?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th, 2014 10:24pm (Feb 26th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Unfortunately we bought it about a year ago from TK Maxx, but didn't use it until we moved into this house. Most the pet things we buy from there seem to end up breaking really easily...

    Puppy behind bars!! (the door was open in this pic, I wasn't tormenting her whilst she was away :P )

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    Haha look how dainty Kasper looks!

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    Zoey trying to get Kasper to play whilst he's chilling...think she was a little miffed off that he had stolen her bed too ;)

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    And Zoey got her first bit of antler, the smallest one :smile:

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    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th, 2014 11:58am (Feb 27th 2014)
     
    Is it a silly suggestion that Zoey wears her harness all the day time? Once on, stays on. Like us with our clothes...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th, 2014 5:57pm (Feb 28th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Nope, not a silly suggestion at all :) In fact when I first posted on a dog forum about how to counter condition Zoey to her harness, that is what they suggested! The only issue is that firstly Zoey chewed her way out of her harness (BRAT! :rolling: ) and secondly we don't want her harness getting caught on her crate again, so it's not really a viable option :sad:

    I really don't know what else to do with her, other than work at making her other harness seem fabulous in tiny baby steps...and in the meantime she's just going to have to put up with having the harness put on, and we'll try and be as positive and gentle as we can.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2014 6:40am (Mar 6th 2014)
     
    I haven't tried to put a harness on Frodo yet. He's growing so fast I can't keep up with what size to get him. I really don't know what size he will end up being. He is showing more signs that he has a brain..I've been wondering. Oh and he has started digging in the front yard..it looks like "Battle of the Somme" out there now.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2014 6:15pm (Mar 10th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: LynnWI haven't tried to put a harness on Frodo yet. He's growing so fast I can't keep up with what size to get him. I really don't know what size he will end up being. He is showing more signs that he has a brain..I've been wondering. Oh and he has started digging in the front yard..it looks like "Battle of the Somme" out there now.


    Haha you will miss these puppy days when he is an adult ;)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2014 6:25pm (Mar 10th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Sorry I haven't been about this past week, I've been ill...GP increased a med which sent me into a manic episode so everything's just been rather crazy...in 7 days I got 10 hours sleep total, so we're both absolutely shattered now...both pups are fine, happy to be getting out on walks again now! :smile:

    I have loads of pics to share, as ever :bigsmile:

    Here is happy (if somewhat serious!) Zoey

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    Utterly miserable 'it is harness time' Zoey!

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    Zoey is a little rock star :tooth:

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    Chewing her antler

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    The pups being oh so helpful, getting in my way whilst I clean the mice out!

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    And finally Zoey licking Lacy!!! :rolling:

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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2014 9:45pm (Mar 10th 2014) edited
     
    Posted By: RedUtterly miserable 'it is harness time' Zoey!


    This one is my favorite..she just looks sooooo upset..poor baby.

    Red, I sorry to hear that you haven't been feeling well, but I'm glad to see you back with us again. I was wondering what had happened to you.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2014 4:03pm (Mar 11th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    She manages to look like the most abused dog on the planet :rolling:

    Thank you Lynn :bighug:

    Walking Zoey today (what has happened to our weather?! It's like summer out there! :smile: ) and we were on a really narrow path. Two large Greyhounds came over to say hi, Zoey loved them, then tried to say hello to the owner by standing on her back feet and generally acting the fool. Lyle restrained her with her lead so she couldn't make contact, but the man continued moving closer...result? Muddy paw prints on his lovely light coloured pants! And he had the audacity to look annoyed at us...I almost laughed in his face :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2014 5:49pm (Mar 11th 2014)
     
    I love the one of Zoey and Lacey; she thinks you've bought her a telly!
    Hope the meds are all settled now...is the GP nice?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2014 8:04pm (Mar 11th 2014)
     
    It shows how vital meds can be when a dosage change can have such a massive effect. I'm glad you're feeling better now, hope the GP is more cautious next time!

    Zoey's ears disappear when its harness time!!! Poor baby, you are obviously so cruel and evil to her!! :lol:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2014 2:09pm (Mar 12th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: chief chickenI love the one of Zoey and Lacey; she thinks you've bought her a telly!
    Hope the meds are all settled now...is the GP nice?


    She 'talks' to the mice constantly too, it's highly annoying!! :001_rolleyes:
    Thank you :) Yes this GP is fantastic...constantly rants about how terrible services are, it's quite funny :smile: She had a fit when she heard that the surgery had left Lyle alone to deal with me :rolling:


    Posted By: KatebIt shows how vital meds can be when a dosage change can have such a massive effect. I'm glad you're feeling better now, hope the GP is more cautious next time!

    Zoey's ears disappear when its harness time!!! Poor baby, you are obviously so cruel and evil to her!!<img src=" title=":lol:" />


    Thanks Kate! Haha they really do, people say she looks like a seal when she's scared as her ears go so far back! :P

    Puppy belly!!! (well okay, so at 16 months she's not really a puppy anymore, but shush...)

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    And Kasper lying at (on!) my feet

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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2014 5:30pm (Mar 12th 2014)
     
    Love the pictures, Red! That one of Zoey is sooooo cute. Kasper makes a delightful foot warmer!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2014 10:46pm (Mar 12th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha I love when Zoey rolls about on the floor (which she does after every walk or when she's bored). I always go to scratch her belly, which ends up on her gnawing on my hand :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2014 12:13pm (Mar 14th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Well, the sun has vanished again, and the rain has returned...kinda sucks as all the walks were just about drying out and now they'll be muddy and difficult to walk again.

    Played a fun impulse control game with Zoey last night. It was essentially the way you teach puppies to 'leave it'. You have a treat in your closed hand and only open the hand when the dog moves away from it. If the dog moves closer you close your fist again. When your hand is open and the dog isn't moving towards the treat, you release the dog ("okay", "yes", whatever). Zoey already knows leave it but it was a fun game to play regardless. You can see at first she tried to bat the treat out with her paw, but quickly caught on to what she was supposed to do :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2014 12:14pm (Mar 14th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    And some extra piccies :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2014 5:33pm (Mar 14th 2014)
     
    Look at 'em - butter wouldn't melt in the mouths of such perfectly behaved beasties...:rolling:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2014 10:35pm (Mar 14th 2014)
     
    I wish I could get my dogs to sit like that and look so innocent, my Jack Russell could do it, but Frodo is a total idiot, he could never pull it off.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2014 1:03pm (Mar 16th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahaha I love the sound of Frodo, he sounds ace! :rolling:

    CC, only ever when they think treats are about :P

    Short video of Zoey doing leg weaves...she can do 6 in a row without stopping for a treat now (she could probably do more but I don't want to push her too far too fast). She's overtaken Kasper in the leg weaving department, but that's because I don't practice as often with him, poor abused Kasper! :001_rolleyes:

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 19th, 2014 2:15pm (Mar 19th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We had a terrifying experience the other night. We were walking Zoey on her pre-bed walk around the village and the lead slipped out of our hands. Agh! She was off like a shot but, luckily, my instinct kicked in and before I knew what I was doing I'd yelled "Zoey, heeere!!" She returned like a shot, bless that puppy, she was back before we knew it! GOOD GIRL!! :smile:

    I did a blog post on the importance of recall and it has some recall tips too! Phew, I am SO glad we put so much work into recall training with Zoey, it sure paid off :D

    And some photos of the pups...Kasper hasn't even been walked yet and is so chilled, the old fart :rolling:

    In the pic of me holding chocolate, can you see Zoey begging in the background?! :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 19th, 2014 3:50pm (Mar 19th 2014)
     
    That poor dog just LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVES Creme Eggs...go on!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 19th, 2014 7:42pm (Mar 19th 2014) edited
     
    Kasper is such a sweetheart! The pic of Zoey coveting your chocolate in the background is darling..they try so hard to make you feel guilty for not giving them some of what you are eating...Zoey has "that look" down to a fine art form...LOL :rollonfloorlaughing:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 19th, 2014 10:47pm (Mar 19th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: chief chickenThat poor dog just LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVES Creme Eggs...go on!


    I don't think she'll be needing to beg for a long while, my parents took us shopping and bought us so many things, including about a dozen bags of various dog treats!!! I am spoiled rotten haha as are our pups :smile:

    Lynn, both our pups have that look down pat. Kasper especially will rest his head on the side of the couch and sigh whilst I am eating, looking so forlorn...gets me every time :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 19th, 2014 11:10pm (Mar 19th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Well, this is our treat draw after my parents visited!!

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    And Zoey waiting in her crate for some goodies :P

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 20th, 2014 10:09pm (Mar 20th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Some photos from Zoey's walk yesterday, when the weather was actually kinda nice. We've been having to dodge the rain today with Zoey and she got filthy on her walk...the mud is back!!

    The field in the last two pics is probably Zoey's favourite part of the walk. Sometimes there are sheep in there which she gets to chase and herd (on her lead of course!). This also means there is plenty of sheep poo dotted about = nom nom nom! :ack2: And there are often pheasants in there, and she looooves when they squawk and flap and fly away! :bigsmile:

    I love her big smile! Staffies have the best grins!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2014 7:03pm (Mar 21st 2014) edited
     

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    Kasper had a brushing today and I decided to brush Zoey for the second time ever (oops!) not that she needs it, but it's good to get her used to it. She's already great at it; I use one hand to brush and the other to feed kibble and she never tries to bite the brush or anything, which is amazing considering what a bitey mischievous pup she is! :smile:

    We also gave her the antler she found in the forest yesterday evening. It was an attempt to keep her quiet whilst she was in her crate and Lyle's parents were around...yeah, didn't work! She loved it after they'd left though!! :rolling:

    And little pudgy Kasper boy...yes, he's on a diet! He gets a third of what Zoey eats in a day, and he has to earn his from a puzzle bowl. Poor dog is abused I tell you, abused!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2014 7:09pm (Mar 21st 2014)
     

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    And some photos from this evening. Zoey's favourite napping spot (she is way too big for that now!!)

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    Whilst Kasper preferred snuggling up to me and acting like a velcro dog :P

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    Zoey too tired to keep her eyes open! :rolling:

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    One of my favourite photos of Kasper. Ever. And I have no idea why!

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    Sleepy miserable Zoey

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    Bwahahaha big eared Zoey!! :tooth:

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    And finally these really cute chicken sushi treats my parents bought for the dogs. For commercial treats their ingredients are pretty good, 91% chicken.

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    The dogs have also started on their new kibble today too. I've switched them from a 20% protein kibble to a 35%. They've both taken to it really well; no runny poops (sorry!) and Zoey actually seems to like it...she's really picky with food, and as it was salmon flavoured I didn't think she'd be a fan, she hated her fishy James Wellbeloved as a pup. But no, she likes it. A lot!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2014 11:09pm (Mar 21st 2014)
     
    Those pictures of Zoey asleep on Lyle's lap are just wonderful. You should send them to the Staffie appreciation society for promo purposes! She looks such a peaceful little girl - I'm so jealous that your dog will sit on your lap but my cats won't!!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2014 2:31pm (Mar 22nd 2014)
     
    It could be a poster; Handling your vicious staffy...:rolling: I saw so many halfwits with staffies today swaggering about trying to look well 'ard, who obviously had the poor dogs for quite the wrong reasons. I hope you & Lyle always wear your hoodies UP when walking Zoey? Seems to be the form!
    i like that shot of Kaspar as well, Red; he looks so alert and ready to go, even without seeing his face...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2014 7:09pm (Mar 22nd 2014) edited
     

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    Aw thank you both :) Kate, the only time she's peaceful is when she's sleeping, trust me! :rolling:

    CC, people like that give the breed such a bad name :sad: My cousin couldn't believe I actually liked Staffies as 'they're chav dogs' and are 'always aggressive'. *sigh* They're such a lovely breed too; bouncy, energetic, intelligent, playful. They have so much going for them but people just can't seem to see it...

    Some pics of sleepy and alert Kasper...he always gets so worked up when lorries go past, for some reason he thinks they are coming to our door :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd, 2014 10:30pm (Mar 23rd 2014) edited
     

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    Kasper continues to be pampered, tonight he was given Zoey's antler and had a right old time chewing at it. He was working away at it for a good hour or so before he got bored. Then we did some training, which was fun although I had to stop every few minutes to reward Zoey for her good behaviour in her crate.

    We worked on all sorts. I'm trying to get him back into the swing of leg weaves, although he'd forgotten almost everything so I had to start from the very beginning.

    Then we let Zoey out, put Kasper in his crate, and did some training with her!! :smile:

    In the first pic, Kasper is proudly showing off a rock that he stole from the TV stand. Doofus :001_rolleyes: We've had to move them onto the windowsill, behind the table, as for some reason (despite the fact they have lived there since we moved in) he has claimed them as his own :rolling:

    And yeah...Zoey didn't eat all her kibble. It's the first time she hasn't finished a meal with the new kibble, I thought we'd got her eating enough! But alas she left it after the last pic...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd, 2014 10:41pm (Mar 23rd 2014)
     

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    Oh, and Zoey doing leg weaves, jump (she almost takes off, I swear her feet are actually springs...), lie down and leave it. I think I've said before she has the attention span of a gnat, so for her, that was a very long leave it! :smile:




    And Kasper re-learning leg weaves :)

    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2014 6:51am (Mar 24th 2014)
     
    Great pics Red, love the dog food trail.
    We are meant to hide treats for our kitty to stimulate him lots as he is an indoor boy, he loves hide and seek.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2014 12:06pm (Mar 24th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Do you ever hide treats / cat food in scrunched up toilet roll tubes? Our pups go crazy for that and love tearing at it to get to the food!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2014 3:36pm (Mar 24th 2014)
     
    Is that how poor Lyle gets his dinner? :rolling:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2014 7:46pm (Mar 24th 2014)
     
    Great pictures, Red..you have such smart puppies! I wish Frodo wasn't such an airhead, he doesn't seem to catch on to anything. *sigh*
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2014 10:50pm (Mar 24th 2014) edited
     

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    Posted By: chief chickenIs that how poor Lyle gets his dinner?


    Ahahahaha that made me chuckle!! It's not, but only because he cooks :rolling:

    Posted By: LynnWGreat pictures, Red..you have such smart puppies! I wish Frodo wasn't such an airhead, he doesn't seem to catch on to anything. *sigh*


    What have you tried doing with him so far? I find the easiest thing to teach puppies is 'touch', that is touching their nose to your hand...it's easy because if Frodo doesn't automatically come touch his nose to your hand (by sniffing for example) you can get him interested by moving it, flapping it about etc. Use a clicker / marker word (we use "yes") as soon as his nose touches you and then reward with treats.

    Ralph hadn't really been taught much when I went to visit so he took a little encouragement with touch, but by zooming my hand about and making excited noises he soon came to investigate and quickly caught on :smile:

    It's okay if he doesn't have much in the brains department, he makes up for it in cuteness :tooth:

    With Zoey she actually taught herself quite a few tricks, and I merely captured them with the clicker. Every time she raised her left paw I clicked and rewarded, then added in the command "wave" for example. The same with "talk" (barking) I carried the clicker around until she barked, clicked whilst she was doing it and added the command and hand signal after a few days working on it. That's another easy way of teaching Frodo, just make sure you have treats handy around the house! :bigsmile:

    It's an exciting day tomorrow...we have had Kasper for THREE YEARS!!! :gasp:

    I can't believe it! Where has the time gone?! We have a bundle of antlers in the pet drawer just waiting for him, he'll get an extra walk and if the weather's nice I'll take my camera, he'll get extra training and play with and without his little sister, and I might bake him some treats too.

    Three years. Wow. Here's to many, many more!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2014 2:13am (Mar 25th 2014)
     
    Happy 3 year anniversary Kasper, you are a lucky doggy indeed.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2014 4:43pm (Mar 25th 2014)
     

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    Thanks TM! He's been having a great day! :tooth:

    Here are some pics of him on his special day...although he hasn't really had anything special happen so far LOL! He's had extra treats and a playtime without his sister (me and boo played tuggy whilst Zoey screamed her head off in her crate because she wanted to join in!) but hasn't had his extra walk yet as it is CHUCKING it down!!

    Poser pups :rolling:

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    And again (Zoey looks huge here, but she really isn't!)

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    Both behaving

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    Isn't he beautiful?! (err...handsome I mean!)

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    And oh so solemn :rolling:

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    Playing with Zoey :smile:

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    He's conked out on the couch now, such an old man! :rolling:

    HAPPY GOTCHA DAY LITTLE MAN!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2014 5:46pm (Mar 25th 2014)
     
    Happy anniversary, you lot! :heart:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2014 8:38pm (Mar 25th 2014)
     
    Happy 3rd gotcha day Kasper!!! xx
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2014 6:55am (Mar 26th 2014)
     
    Happy 3rd Gotcha Day Kasper!! He looks so happy and healthy..I love his shinny coat. You 2 have done such a great job with him, Red. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2014 6:07pm (Mar 26th 2014)
     

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    Thank you everybody :smile:

    Lynn, he's been a lot of hard work over the years, but I am so glad he is ours! :tooth:

    Zoey sulked all day yesterday because Kasper was getting more attention. She was a real brat! Today Kasper is being really clingy and won't leave me alone...I am on the computer, so he is sitting on the footstool with the keyboard, blocking my view of the screen!! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2014 11:23pm (Mar 27th 2014) edited
     

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    Started working with Zoey on 'crawl' tonight (wiggle forwards whilst lying down). Forgot how easy it was to teach this, she's really got the hang of it and we only practiced maybe four times! At the moment I'm clicking for every tiny shuffle forwards, but eventually I'll make her shuffle for longer...

    Of course she offered the usual repertoire of tricks first, including 'wave' (she offers this for EVERYTHING!!), lie down (at least partly right!) and chew on the hand lots...um, not so much!! :tooth:

    Also, here she is battling a huge carrot, and the aftermath ;)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 28th, 2014 8:53pm (Mar 28th 2014) edited
     

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    Zoey learning to crawl :)



    And Zoey playing the 'touch' game...this is great fun to play anywhere, and helps tire her out when she has too much energy! It's really easy to teach and is fun for both the dog and owner :smile:



    And some pics of the pups...I tried to train Zoey to crawl whilst Kasper was in the room, obviously wasn't gonna happen...next thing I know big bumbling head has appeared and is sitting by Zoey's side, and lying down when I ask Zoey to lie down (Kasper that is not Lyle!!) :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 29th, 2014 5:41pm (Mar 29th 2014) edited
     

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    A certain new bed arrived today...hooray! :woohoo:

    We originally wanted it to live where the old one was, but Zoey quickly changed our minds by first chewing on the label (which we cut off, both our pups HATE labels!), then gnawing the side of the bed until we redirected her to a toy, and finally by digging the bed into a crumpled heap and then sitting on it, seemingly happy! :rolling:

    So we swapped a few of the beds around and Kasper & Zoey seem much happier now. Kasper even took himself off for a nap on the new bed until I woke him up taking a photo :001_rolleyes:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 30th, 2014 7:34pm (Mar 30th 2014)
     

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    Zoey got an extra walk today as she only got a half hour one in the morning, we were in such a crazy rush! Seeing as the weather has been obscenely beautiful here today I took my camera along.

    Watching the wildlife

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    I love these photos of Lyle and the pupster so much, especially the one where she is gazing up at him...she is SUCH a daddy's girl!! :smile:

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    Big Staffie grin!

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    And the trough that Zoey has recently discovered...it's excellent as it's pretty much exactly halfway through the walk, so means we don't need to bring a bottle of water with us as there's always somewhere for the pups to drink from.

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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 30th, 2014 10:39pm (Mar 30th 2014)
     
    Great pictures, Red! Pups are really enjoying their walks.:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2014 8:40am (Mar 31st 2014)
     
    oh lovely pics Red of two very lucky doggies.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2014 4:31pm (Mar 31st 2014)
     
    Absolutely; look at the length of Zoe's tongue!:fierce:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 1st, 2014 10:52pm (Apr 1st 2014) edited
     

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    Thank you all for the lovely comments :)

    Zoey didn't get one walk yesterday!! It rained all day and, as Zoey detests rain, we couldn't get her out. We stayed up late but nope, not a chance. So she got extra training, play and more Kongs than ever, but still let us know she wasn't impressed with two barks at bedtime from her crate, bless her!

    The weather was lovely today so we were able to get her out to the forest.

    I also ate the Easter egg my Grandma gave me (I hope she wasn't meaning me to save it haha!) and used the packaging as a puzzle feeder...Zoey of course knew it was for her and sat beautifully in the background whilst I took the photo :rolling:

    It only had her puzzled for a few minutes and then she was in, but she enjoyed it :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd, 2014 1:48pm (Apr 2nd 2014)
     

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    My parents sent us a package today. My dad said it was specifically for Kasper, so I was very intrigued!

    I opened it up and inside was the cutest bandana!

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    It was really well made and could be used as an ordinary day to day collar, too. (LOL look at Kasper's face, he knew it was for him!)

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    It was easy to put on and Kasper did great wearing it, just sat and posed like a King :P

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    Dawww :smile:

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd, 2014 3:23pm (Apr 2nd 2014)
     
    He looks as though he's waiting for his dinner! :D
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd, 2014 4:47pm (Apr 2nd 2014)
     
    Red, that collar is soooo darling on Kasper! :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd, 2014 7:07pm (Apr 2nd 2014)
     

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    Posted By: chief chickenHe looks as though he's waiting for his dinner! :D


    LOL clearly thinks we are his servants!!

    Posted By: LynnWRed, that collar is soooo darling on Kasper!<img src=" />


    Thanks Lynn...he is too cute for his own good! :smile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd, 2014 7:38pm (Apr 3rd 2014)
     
    He reminds me of the two Bull Mastiffs in my local town, they are always very smartly dressed. Today they were in matching coats and flat caps in a dark tartan.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd, 2014 8:30pm (Apr 3rd 2014)
     
    Flat caps? Seriously?????? Good God, that's the sort of thing I thought only London yuppies did with their poor pets! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 4th, 2014 6:16pm (Apr 4th 2014)
     

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    Posted By: ollie in UKHe reminds me of the two Bull Mastiffs in my local town, they are always very smartly dressed. Today they were in matching coats and flat caps in a dark tartan.


    Brilliant, would love to see that! :)

    We had a fun day today when we finally made it to the rescue to walk dogs. Not sure we will make it again though as it was a nightmare journey, it meant leaving the dogs for over five hours and Lyle's leg was in agony by the end of it :sad:

    It was nice seeing all the dogs though and we got to see PUPPIES!!! Omg they were soooo cute! :heart:

    Got back to a very giddy dog. Kasper is finally resting now after robbing things from the table (I am sooo glad I taught him to bring them to me!) and pouncing on Zoey, who is a bit under the weather.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 6th, 2014 6:32pm (Apr 6th 2014)
     

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    Aw Zoey was so poorly, all she wanted to do was cuddle with Lyle and sleep! She was better the next day (read, bouncing off the walls better!!) but then I was ill so Lyle had me and two dogs to look after, bless him! :smile:

    She found a dead mouse on her walk today, although thankfully didn't eat it (can't imagine that would help an already delicate stomach!) She did roll on it a lot and man was she filthy!! The forest was the muddiest I've ever seen it so all her legs and back were brown :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 6th, 2014 9:08pm (Apr 6th 2014)
     
    I hope you all feel better soon. Is it Lyle's turn to be ill now?!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 7th, 2014 2:04pm (Apr 7th 2014)
     
    Posted By: Kateb Is it Lyle's turn to be ill now?!

    AAAGH! Don't tempt fate!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 7th, 2014 6:13pm (Apr 7th 2014)
     

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    Oh no, please don't let Lyle be ill, I can't cope with him and two dogs going crazy!!! :rolling:

    I AM SO SICK OF ZOEY BEING ATTACKED THANKS TO STUPID, IDIOTIC DOG OWNERS!!! :cursing:

    Stupid idiotic parents let their 12ish year old girl walk a dog she couldn't control. The dog dragged her over to Zoey and immediately latched onto her face. Zoey responded with a growl and the other dog let go and was dragged away.

    I responded with a seriously p***** off "HEY!" and the girl turned around and said she was so sorry. I didn't really blame *her* anyway, but thankfully we saw which driveway she came from so was able to go speak to her mother. Mother apologised and asked if Zoey was okay, I just hope she learns from this and doesn't let her daughter walk the dog again...if I see it happening again I will kick that dog!!!

    I am absolutely furious and so sick of this happening...95% of the dogs in this village seem to be dog aggressive, and we hardly ever see dogs. I'm really concerned about Zoey's socialisation with other dogs, I really would not blame her if she began hating them all the number of times she has been attacked or snarled at!

    I'm taking training right back to the beginning and playing the 'Look At That' game with her; every time she sees another dog she gets cooked liver.

    I am really angry with myself too, for not being able to prevent it and making Zoey have to growl (which she had EVERY right to do!) in order to protect herself - that's supposed to be MY job! :crying:

    Rawr!!!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 7th, 2014 6:47pm (Apr 7th 2014)
     
    Could you advertise dog behaviour classes?
    There's a big need for action here. (And some income for you too)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 7th, 2014 8:01pm (Apr 7th 2014)
     
    What an excellent idea, Ollie! Of course it isn't your fault, Red, you mustn't blame yourself for the shortcomings of other dog owners.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 8th, 2014 5:20pm (Apr 8th 2014) edited
     

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    Yes, I think I might post some leaflets around the village...I'm not sure I'm ready to tackle a class just yet, especially of reactive dogs :smile: But I could certainly try advertise more one-on-one sessions...it just depends if people in this village want their dogs to change, a lot of them don't seem to see anything wrong with how their dogs behave, or laugh when their dog is aggressive...whilst I stand there with an 'I fail to see how that is funny' face! :rolling:

    Thanks CC...I just hate when something bad happens to Zoey and feel like if I had reacted quicker / read the other dog's body language / asked if the dog was friendly to begin with I could have prevented it from happening. In all fairness though, from the Border Terrier pulling over to us and it being dragged off after releasing Zoey, it all happened in a matter of seconds...

    I've been thinking about looking up some animal behaviour courses in my area, or seeing if I can tag onto another positive reinforcement trainer and learn from them. I'm already considering one (who holds classes about half an hour's walk away) to ask if she thinks a class would be a good idea for Zoey, and if she thinks it would help boost her socialisation. She says all the right things on her website (no punishment, positive training AND she is a qualified behaviourist!) so it would be awesome if there was ever a chance to learn from someone like that!

    Zoey did see a gorgeous Terrier cross today that was wonderfully polite with Zoey. Zoey lay down and waited for her slightly nervous friend to come say hi, and then they played beautifully...made me feel much happier! We also ran into a rude Labrador (all the Labs around here are so rude, I think because people assume you don't have to train them) and she did really well with that too, although we separated them as quickly as possible.

    We also played the LAT game with all the other dogs she saw. I was very pleased to note no fearful behaviour or nervous body language though.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 8th, 2014 7:36pm (Apr 8th 2014)
     
    Could you sign up for a behaviourist course? I don't know how much they cost, but I saw an on-line one on Groupon recently (or Amazon's group purchase thing) that was quite cheap. Maybe the person running the courses would mentor you, or take you on as a volunteer assistant.

    Never blame yourself for another dog / owner's actions. You always do the best you can by your dogs / pets and must remind yourself of that.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 10th, 2014 1:37pm (Apr 10th 2014) edited
     

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    Thanks Kate :)

    I've been looking at a lot of courses...it's so hard choosing one. So many are spouting dominance c**p or teach you how to use "useful" techniques such as alpha rolls or muzzle grabs...HA!

    I have found a completely positive one that I'm giving a bash. I also like it because you can pick and choose different modules, so rather than paying £200 and having to do bits I don't need, I can pay £35 a segment for things I'm actually interested in :smile:

    But yeah, they're all stupidly expensive and don't really mean anything, as there's no governing body in the UK for dog trainers, so no qualifications that you need. It will be useful to put on my site though ;)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 10th, 2014 5:31pm (Apr 10th 2014) edited
     

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    Well, after their website stating they are up to date with all information and training methods, that they only use positive methods, and no mention of dominance on their site, I stumbled across the whole "pack leader" "dominant" dog thing in their course information pack...oh they have SO had it now, I have just wasted £35 on this!!! :cursing:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 10th, 2014 7:37pm (Apr 10th 2014)
     
    COMPLAIN! and demand a refund! I didn't realise there wasn't a recognised qualification for training. I think you should try out the class you saw and see if you can pick up some more tips, then have a go at setting up something yourself and badge it as a "tried the rest? Now try the best". Push the things around "if you've tried the usual dominance techniques with no success, why not give love and rewarding a try". I have a friend who's given up on her dog training group because she was getting nowhere with her dog as he just wouldn't do what he was told by the trainer - ex-police dog trainer. Nuff said!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 11th, 2014 2:08pm (Apr 11th 2014) edited
     

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    I've written a VERY arsey email I plan to send them, which ends asking what I have to do to authorise a refund :tooth:

    I wouldn't be able to organise a class myself, not yet...I need to sort my damn meds out first. Training classes are something I really want to do though :sad: My GP is doing all she can, she referred me to see a psychiatrist who is the only person that can change my meds. Before I can see a pschiatrist I had to go through SPOA...well, the guy I saw there (who isn't medically trained) decided I didn't need to see a psychiatrist. I can only be on one waiting list at a time, so it was either the CBT waiting list *or* the psychiatrist waiting list...he chose CBT, he didn't see the importance of meds. AAAAAAAGH >__<

    So we had to go back to my GP (who had a fit!) and she is trying to contact the psych directly, which may or may not happen... :sad:

    Meanwhile my mood is in the pits and I am really struggling. Again. I am so sick of this...

    Posted By: KatebI have a friend who's given up on her dog training group because she was getting nowhere with her dog as he just wouldn't do what he was told by the trainer - ex-police dog trainer. Nuff said!


    Ha, totally!

    Whenever I see 'ex-police dog trainer' I automatically assume the worst... :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 11th, 2014 8:59pm (Apr 11th 2014)
     
    Why are they obsessed with compartmentalising everyone? When a colleague's daughter was little they had to choose to go down the LD or the psych route and were advised to go down the psych path. Now that she is an adult they are having big problems getting the right sort of residential support as many homes aren't licensed for psych patients. And while I'm complaining, why the devil can someone not medically trained overrule someone who is?! I'm glad your GP is annoyed and hope she sorts it out for you.

    I was thinking more about preparing now for the future - you have to build a reputation to be able to get people to attend your classes!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 12th, 2014 7:08pm (Apr 12th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks Kate...ah I see, yes I have no idea how I would fill a training class...word of mouth from the 1-to-1 sessions, website, flyers, posters?? I'd imagine the first month or so it would be pretty empty! I also have no idea where would allow me to rent a room for a training class full of young, untrained dogs!!

    Zoey saw several dogs today and I popped liver into her mouth constantly. She got to say hi to the Patterdale, which she tried to play with, but I kept her away from the Labs as they were huge pushy dogs. We had a nice walk and managed to avoid everyone!

    We went shopping today and bought lots of goodies for the dogs. Zoey was thrilled with her new toy, a Kong Genius, and quickly managed to get all the treats out of it. I also bought a really cheap bathroom mat and have been teaching Zoey a 'go to mat' command...she was great apart from if I didn't keep her busy enough she would pick up the mat and rag it!!

    We fed her her meal and about 20 minutes later she decided she felt ill again and went to snuggle under a blanket with Lyle...she was ill just over a week ago as well, I wonder if a vet visit is in order or if they'd just give her an anti-nausea injection...

    Kasper was thrilled to be getting all the attention as Zoey was under a blanket sleeping! We got to wrestle and play really rough play fighting which we haven't been able to do in ages (if Zoey is out she tries to join in, loses it in the excitement and latches onto your arm!! If she's in her crate she screams the house down as she wants to join in!) so that was fun for both of us :smile:

    We did some training too. Still working on leg weaves with Kasper and we practiced handling his paws (squeezing them and feeling between the toes) which he is really good at now. I also made him do a leave it with treats on his feet - so cruel!! :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 12th, 2014 11:09pm (Apr 12th 2014)
     
    Poor Zoey, I know how she feels. I was ill last week and the same again this week. Damn iron tablets! Hope she feels better soon.

    You'd soon fill a training class once word of mouth got around. You could always start in a field rather than indoors if there's one nearby!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 13th, 2014 1:42pm (Apr 13th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Well, she wasn't sick and has been right as rain this morning...she's a funny one. She's just been fed so I'm keeping an eye on her as this is when she felt ill yesterday...

    Hope you feel better soon Kate! :bighug:

    We have been called in to help counter-condition the French Bulldog to other dogs, she is scared of them. The owner (much to my vocal dismay!) had been using a pet corrector spray to punish her every time she reacted to another dog. Result? She bit him...well, yeah! :001_rolleyes:

    So now they are threatening to get rid of her...

    Blegh...