George the Collie eats……Pt.7

Cherry Tomatoes 🍅

Could go either way this one, couldn’t it?

No.

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George the Collie eats….Pt.6

The cat/dog that got the cream….

So, apparently, depending on Devon style or Cornish style, you apply the clotted cream to jam or vice versa.

Which are you?

George isn’t fussed BUT he does prefer the cream. Clearly.

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 the Collie eats….Pt.4

It’s all Greek…..

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?

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Yes. He. Do.

George the Collie Vs Special Dog Food.

Dogs WILL eat anything….


George isn’t our first dog. He’s our third and, over time, we have learnt more about what our dogs ate.
With Harry, he had bad knees and so some reduced mobility. As a result, he ended up on a lower fat diet – still kibble but something a little healthier for him. 


Ted was a very different kettle of fish. Behaviour issues meant he had to be on a low protein diet to reduce his energy levels. This worked but, ultimately, he still ended up being re-homed because of his aggression towards females.

Along comes George who is lovely.

A really good dog with no issues until, as it turns out, he develops a wheat allergy.

We thought he had a bug and took him to the vets but after his symptoms went away (on a special diet for a few days) he went back on his old food and within a few hours he is ill again.

Fortunately, we had already ordered some Laughing Dog Food Wheat Free kibble which has helped out after we weaned him over to it. He is now, 🤞🏻, fine and loves his food.

It’s just something to consider. You hear about humans with allergies but they are there for dogs too.

Dogs, given the chance, WILL eat anything wether it is bad for them or not but just because they can doesn’t mean they should.

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.