George is 9 months now. He is in between dog courses, bronze – silver, and has been given a little time of training and lessons.
This worked alongside us going on holiday for a couple of weeks, leaving George with a dog sitter.
This was interesting to see how he handled being left.
Previously, the longest he’d been left was a weekend when he was about 5 months and he came back feral!
When we picked him back up he was very pleased. Very pleased.
I am guessing that remaining in a structured, dog-centric household had a positive impact on George and he came back a lot more under control.
He is still lovely and lively with it.
He’s 18kg so bang on target for age & weight.
He is being fed right at the top end of what a medium dog at his age should be having but he’s not got an ounce of fat on him – he’s in great condition.
We are looking to get him back to school over the next couple of weeks so, hopefully, some updates to follow.
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.
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. 😬
Another week of improvement.
George is coming along very well and his training is moving on well. This weeks homework brought up some points I found quite interesting.
We had been tasked with getting George to lie down and wait for at least a minute. This has highlighted a) his poor attention span and b) how much of a puppy he still is 😊
We have almost got him used to waiting for the minute but the training showed me that the use of language is more complicated than I imagined.
I had been using George's name at the start of every string of commands in order to get his attention but it turns out this overuse of his name can be detrimental to his training and actually make him 'switch off'.
We now use his name at the start of a training session and end each session with the word 'Enough' re-enforced with a treat. It actually worked.
I was aware that tone, pitch and volume have a direct effect on the dog but I wouldn't have thought that you could overuse a word. Every day a school day.
He is now half way through his Bronze level training and doing well. His gate work is brilliant as well as his recall and you do wonder how far he can go.
A story of love, not hate.
Ever since books have been in print and images have been shown on screen there have been ‘Dog v Cat’ stories.
Natural enemies. Nature or Nurture?
Of the last three dogs we’ve had, none have been ‘taught’ that cats are the enemy and so, obviously, they do not see them as such.
Parents teach to their kids who pass it on and so it goes on, needlessly.
Cats, naturally being more safety conscious tend to shy away from dogs, especially if they’ve had a bad experience and this can set the dogs on edge. One feeds the other and so the problem persists.
But start them off on the right foot and make it a good, friendly experience and you get a different outcome.
Spread love, not hate.
Long Mynd is a geological beauty.
Carved out (probably) by glacial activity thousands of years ago, we’re left with the wreckage – and it’s stunning.
We parked up at Cardingmill Valley where the National Trust site is.
There is plenty of parking, an information centre and tea room which is very well equipped.
From here you can make use of the readily available information sheets for easy, medium and hard walks in the area or you can strike out in your own – which is what we did.
An hour and a half later, three tough miles and one picnic consumed, we returned to the centre for an ice cream.
We were blessed with beautiful weather today but I honestly think you’d love this place regardless.
Even with the car park full once we were off walking, there was hardly anyone else around.
Amazing views, routes and great facilities make this a must visit.
So, Gentle George is now 6 months old and progressing nicely towards becoming a lovely dog.
After flying through house training and basic puppy commands, he started puppy school a few weeks ago.
Now, George is doing well but there seems to be a little creeping trait coming in.
Going through some basic commands recently, I noticed a little reluctance to do as asked. Nothing major but it did require a firmer tone to get compliance.
It is likely nothing to be concerned about and chatting to my wife about it we wonder if it is just him growing up. Getting a little more confident and his personality showing through.
We certainly wouldn’t be looking to stamp out personally traits in the lad but it’s interesting to see him develop.
We’ll keep an eye on him and ensure he knows where he stands but he does need to know his place in the pecking order.