George the Collie Vs Wearable tech for pets.

I’m always impressed by new advances in technology. I look forward to developments in energy generation, transportation and communications most of all.

I like to see technology applied in clever ways.

GPS Lo-jack tagging on cars? Great stuff.

Contactless purchasing? Lovely.

Wicking fabric for sportswear. Very nice for humans but on animals? Nature, evolution provided them with a coat that’s suits

Contactless entry for pet entry points, dog flaps, that sort of thing – surely your dog is supervised? Your cat can find shelter.

GPS tagged collar camera for cats 🐱? Not so hot. Why do you care where your cat goes or what it does?

Seriously, if you buy the stuff, they’ll keep making it when they could be inventing something that REALLY benefits the world.

We should buy that stuff.

George the Collie jokes & puns…….

I started something…..

I’m not going to apologise for cheesy jokes and bad puns.

If they make you laugh, smile smirk or just improve your mood then it’s job done.

So, a regular series, starting now and I’m going to post as many as I can. I’ll still do regular stuff too. This is just a sideline in happy 😊.

Stick with me. There’s got to be something that make you all laugh, just not all at once.

George the Collie and the missing of naivety.

Missing the quieter times of ignorance…

Do you remember when you younger and things were, or at least felt, easier. I miss that. 

I had a discussion recently with a colleague where I made reference to the ‘dust’ on a moths wings as ‘moon dust’ and was promptly mocked. I found this a little hurtful but I’m pretty thick skinned and moved on 😊.

It got me thinking though, which is probably never a good thing.

I know, and have always known, that the moth wing dust is not actually moon dust but that was what I was told it was called as a kid.

Biscuits are called biscuits and chips are called chips, it doesn’t matter. A deep fried potato piece or triple choc baked item by another name would still taste as good.

I’m getting off track. 

I miss the naivety of when you took things on face value.

We are absolutely aswash with information, criticism and judgement. 

I miss the quieter times. I miss not having all information. I miss ignorance and trust.

George the Collie reviews – National Trust Croome 

A National Trust day trip gem.

Set in beautiful Worcestershire, Croome was secret wartime airbase which has been turned into a lovely place to visit.

We went in a group, with my friends, Elsa, Pip and Bob.

Dogs are welcome in the gardens and grounds but not in the house so we had a good run out there instead.

Only allowed in the gardens? Not a problem when you have garden designed by ‘Capability’ Brown – his first commission.

The restored parkland is a joy to walk around and, having been designed so well it has an interesting layout with some great views.

On the day we visited, in between sporadic showers that had us darting for cover, we took advantage of the deckchairs set out around the lake, positioned to take in the best views whilst waiting for our picnic to turn up! 

Overall, a lovely site to visit, my first visit to a National Trust location, and one I’ll look to return to. After I’ve had a rest!

Well worth a visit. 🐾🐶❤️

George the Collie Vs Training Pt.5

How size matters more than you may have thought….

Size matters. Apparently.

I don’t know if it’s the same for everyone else but one of the biggest training problems I experience is retaining the attention of the dog.

One of the contributors to this lack of attention could be the size of the treats and treat size vs dog size.

George would probably be classed as a medium sized dog when fully grown but, at 6 months old, he is some way off his maximum.

As a result, the size of the treats being used is quite important when it comes to getting and keeping him engaged.

When he does something right he is given a treat to re-inforce the good behaviour but if the treat has been too large, he takes time to eat it. As well as that, George likes to take his time over larger items and eat them away from others. This breaks up the flow of the training.

I have taken to using the smallest treat I can find for training. It’s easier as it’s a very quick treat and it reduces the break of attention.

The longer the training goes on, the more this seems to work.

It’s just something to consider – your dog will want the biggest treat they can snaffle off you but it may not be the best things for the learning.