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.
So, making a salad 🥗 and the boy is sniffing about for scraps.
As ever, I put too much cheese on a salad so my wife has some feta left over.
Does George like feta?
Yes. He. Do.
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.
The new occasional series…..
A new occasional series where George is lucky enough to eat stuff outside of his normal diet.
So, to answer that age old question of wether or not dogs like spray cream…..
Yes. Yes they do.
The life of a hermit is more likely one chosen than enforced. People need to be with others, even if it’s for short periods. People need people.
It’s the same with dogs.
If your dog doesn’t go out, doesn’t get walked, has no contact with other dogs, how is it supposed to react when it sees another dog? That’s probably the second question your dog will ask itself on seeing another dog. Right after ‘WTF?’
So, to have the most balanced dog, it needs experiences, good and bad, of other dogs so that it learns how it feels when other dogs are about. If they don’t get this, how can you expect you dog to improve its social skills?
You can’t keep your dog locked away and then shout at it for losing its self control on seeing other dogs – it’s a natural reaction for the dog.
George has been socialised as much as we can from an early age, with people too, not just dogs and cats.
As such, he is a joy to take out. He is genuinely interested and excited to meet others and I can be confident he poses no threat to any of them.
This confidence only comes from testing and knowing your dog. If you don’t help your dog – you’ll reap what you sow.
You dog loves being social so, please, give it every chance you can. 🐾