Monday, 20 July 2015

Quiet Day

They are overrated.

You get up safe in the knowledge the school holidays allow for a brief lull that allows you time to recoup.

It'll be a breeze you think.

Not a chance.

You take longer than you should, the guys and gals shake their heads and bodies ( literally) instead of  that brisk sit by the door as you lock the door.

Once on the walk they are positively twitchy, quirky and worky sigh a long deep breath and wait.  Wait for their attention, wait for their agreement and mostly wait for the partnership to begin.

They watch the birds, they watch the people, the dogs, the air sniff the fabulous smells and they definitely don't watch you.  Give me a busy day I start to think.....

Its not like I had a date with the sofa with a magazine and glass of wine in mind or the chance to ride your spotted wonders in the beautiful countryside......

Of course its not because you just want to get it over with its a few different management changes.

A quiet day means we can go exploring and enjoying different walks, it means mixing less experienced dogs with more inexperienced dogs and it means you are in a more smell the roses kind of mood.

So no surprise the moods, new places and new friends sends them all a bit giddy!

Busy day tomorrow
yeehaw haha

That moment

She stands feeling panic rising up.

When is it her turn to step back and let someone solve the problems, to have that helping hand to make the madness stop?

Wants to scream 'what about me'?

She sets off and meets up with her friend and colleague, she steals herself and the inevitable .....

"How are you, you seem quiet?"

Then that moment happens, she turns and says....

'Oh I am fine thank you!'

Funny things people you know.

True story.....

Thursday, 9 July 2015

I can't even write the title

Sweet dreams, please leave Bracken and Porsche alone, spin like you've never spun before, purrrup like no other and most of all jump as high as you want even if you can't land......

I may write a blog about the boy sometime however the time is not now.

I made a promise to him and I stuck by it.  I made the decision whilst you were still Tumble.

15 years and boy what a 15 years it has been.  Never are you prepared yet we know it is always the way it is going to be.

Oh Tumble how quiet the house is, not to see that white spot behind the fire and never again will I see you try to drag a 27kg pod around by his throat or do your funny racetrack jumping all who lay in the way.

Bye bye Foghorn, Weed, Tumbleweed

Don't let anyone call him just a cat or we shall have words.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Yoyo dogs and yum

Today was so interesting....

We decided to have yoyo dogs today, swapping long walks for short walks in multiples.  Not only does this wear them out it also really emphasises your recall training, your emotional bonds and their frustration control initially.

After toilet stops ( yes I know I am obsessed with them!) it was time to work on 'Do not eat Nanny or other hoomans when they have food or each other'.

Out came the fruit and also the yummy home made treats thank you to Tybaly Penfold's mam for them.
All we wanted to work on was being able to eat in front of the guys and gals however it isn't as simple as that.  Food is a very exciting resource for many dogs and of course not only do they have to restrain themselves with us eating they also have each other to deal with.

Of course our guys were not at all aggressive with each other, all those hours working on it has kept us all safe.  I could certainly tell who was used to being fed and who wasn't and over all they were actually better than expected.  Louie definitely got the gold star with bonios on it for his very good behaviour around food, well done Rachel!

Soon it was time to do Buddy and Bailey for some mixing and Flexi proofing.  Flexi's are not liked by many professionals and amateurs alike however they like lines have a real use as an aid and of course for safety so I simply choose to train against the very things people dislike about them.  one of those things are when they are dropped behind a dog and they spook or hurt I train them like you train horse to pull a cart....well yet again they delighted us with their cool as cucumber behaviour and once allowed off with a short line Bailey rewarded us with lovely moments on attention and cracking recalls, well I never!

Carlisle and Rez, Rufus and Lolly went out together.  So Carlisle is walking testicles at the moment and being prickly with entire dogs, Rez is currently called Rezticles with his sex drive ( he is well mannered however he is certainly the lothario at the moment!  Then we have Rufus who is Mr Control and Lolly giddy annie.  They all know each other well and it was time to deal with the tension we see between the boys and Rufus's need to try and control any situation.....  With the start of the first mini jaunt Carlisle surprised me with a kiss whilst Rezticles stayed with me albeit still, the kind of still that is in preparation for strutting and posturing....

What ended up happening taught them valuable lessons with very little management from us, Lolly was playing with Carlisle and as he got rough she refused to play whilst still hanging around.....then she would run to Rezticles and play with him and everyone ignored Rufus who decided I was actually his best bet then Lolly would start playing with Carlisle.  It didn't take long for Carlisle to play more gently, lolly to have fun with Rez and Carlisle and Rufus was a treasure and had me all to himself.

Back and forth we went, each time recalling and popping back without a twist although Truffle did her 'slow walk to the gallows' then tried the ooh look in that bush I am wayyy to busy to go back in the van haha I love a girl who tries...

oh and last but not least.....there was someone else who got a gold star.....Autumn!  She found my first dropped van keys in years....luckily he were close and bemused 'sniffer' hound enjoyed her extra mini trip out....well down Carmen