George the Collie eats….Pt.6

Easy one this time.

Apples. I’ve been told the seeds contain arsenic or cyanide or something.

I was sure so I was taking any chances – I don’t want to hurt the lad!

So, George would be excited by a piece of coal so him bouncing around is no guide to future performance.

I’ve seen him not eat things before and wasn’t sure if today it wasn’t just the preparation – smaller slices in future maybe.

But, yes, he’s a fan.


George : You dig dog?

Hole in the ground…

What is it with digging dogs?

What is the attraction to digging?

If I went out, ripping up earth with my bare hands, it’d hurt. It wouldn’t be fun so what do dogs get out of it?

When I have seen the results of George digging, it’s usually him lying on the lawn chewing the root of a plant like it’s a cigar.

Maybe that’s what he likes. The plant root. Something in there he likes.
George loves carrots, maybe sweet potatoes too or a similar fibrous root vegetable?
I’m hoping it’s something he’ll grow out of.

George and the end of training….for now.

The boy done good.

So, last Friday was test day. Weeks of lessons and training finished, all culminating in a test.

It’s set along guidelines worked out by the Kennel Club and is strict.

No messing about. Pass or fail.

We have been working hard to get George up to speed – he may be a pup but he’s a month older than everyone else in his class.

Fortunately, he is bright as a button and learns quick.

Downside? Strong personality and easily distracted.

The distractions had been something we’d worked on for weeks.

The test involved a number of stages, some admin, some performance and some questions, for me. George knows the answers but has trouble articulating them.

So, the ‘easy’ admin ones, microchip and dog tag.

Yes, we have tag with correct information on it βœ…

Yes, George is microchipped βœ…

‘Can you scan him please to show the chip works’

Not a problem……except George decides to roll over for his tummy to be tickled. Now, this scan exercise is timed (I don’t think George knew this, I certainly didn’t) and so I ended up grabbing him, flipping him and getting the scan done – just in time.

I’m like ‘George! WTF?’. George rolls over to allow tummy to be tickled again πŸ™„.

We moved on to the exercises and these have always gone well for George.

Passing by other dog walkers βœ…

Stop & talk to other dog walkers βœ…

Walk to heel βœ…

About turn on the walk βœ…

So, next up is the wait & recall which has always been George’s strong point but after a couple of other dogs misfired and ran wild, George is a little in focussed.

So much so that when his recall is called, he is running past me and in a circle around me. This is not a pass.

George runs past me again and I grab his collar and get him ‘re-called’. I can see the assessors whispering – no one smiles.

This is bad news. George’s strong point has gone bad.

We then move on to his weak point.

George has to sit/lie down, unattended and stay, on command, for 1 minute. This is a long time.

Anyway, he has always struggled to stay still for long and today looked like it would no different and a fail but, joy of joys(!), another dog lost it and disrupted the session completely (promptly failing) and we had to reset.

To cut it short, he did it. Just. I managed to dive on him to reward him as he was about to go. So. βœ…

After that, we had so admin like checking teeth, eyes, all that stuff, and then some relatively easy questions and done.

Passed. 😊

He picked up his Kennel Club bronze award (as well as his Good Citizen award) and seemed very pleased with himself.

What’s next for George? We can do the Kennel Club Silver and Gold awards in the future but we are going to give him some puppy time for 6 months or so.

He’ll start running with us in the new year and, hopefully, go on to do some agility if he’s interested so those are options.

But, for now, puppy’s first summer to enjoy ❀️🐢🐾

George the Collie Vs Training Pt.13

One week to go….

Last week of training today.
Next week is a blank week as the older group are on test so we have an extra week to get one polish to George's skills ready for his exam in two weeks.

So, today, to sign off for his test, George has a blinder.
Does it all, when it's needed.

A really good week where he worked really hard and looked good.

Recall, staying unattended, everything.

Really pleased.

You get the result of his exam soon.

George the Collie Vs Training Pt.12

Can I have your attention…?

After lasts weeks break in training, we are back at it.
George is still doing well but, like all but one of his class, there is still an underlying problem – focus.

It's not a real problem, not a problem outside of the class.

The class is an hour long and, after 30 – 40 minutes George's has gone. He's bored, had enough.

As I said, it's not just George as they all seem to have the same problem but it's frustrating.

It's like taking kids to something they find dull, it's only a matter of time.

George is, according to various experts, just coming into his teenage years now.

This comparison is made out through a short attention span, some grandstanding to other pups to establish his place and also with poor hygiene.

George is obsessed with fox pooh.

Every walk, afterwards, he needs a shower. You have control of him the whole walk, off the lead, and he's doing great until he finds it then I may as well not even be there as my recall is ignored in favour of poop.

Bloody kids………

George the Collie Vs Training Pt.11

Rain stopped play.

Rain stopped play. Seriously. ☔️

With only a few weeks to go, we're due to go to George's training class and it's been raining. Raining a lot.

We've been doing the lessons outside of class and George is doing very well. We've covered everything for his Kennel Club Bronze award, we are pretty much just re-enforcing what has been taught.

So, in principle, missing a week isn't going cause much of an issue but it feels a bit like one.

With only four weeks of the course left (one of which is not a teaching week) we hope that he has done enough to pass but we'll find out on test night.

So, we're not going tonight. Rain stopped play. We'll do some practice at home as we always do but you'd like to get him in the test arena to see how he's really doing.

Not long now. 😬