George is 9 (months).

The story so far….

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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 heโ€™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.

Heโ€™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 heโ€™s not got an ounce of fat on him – heโ€™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.

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 Vs Training Pt.10

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.

George the Collie eats….Pt.4

It’s all Greek…..

So, making a salad ๐Ÿฅ— 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 Training Pt.9

Getting better….

A short up date following a better week at the puppy class this week. 

George was a lot more settled and engaged this week and really seemed to e interested in what we were doing.


His gate work was fine and his walking to heel is improving all the time.

He has the attention span of a teen but this can be grouchy sharply into focus with the application of sausage.

I know I am biased but you can tell who puts time and effort into their pets and all the hard work with George seems to be paying off.

Saying that, he did steal a sandwich off the table as soon as we got home so still work to do ๐Ÿ™„.

George the Collie on Dogs v Cats

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.

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Spread love, not hate.

George the Collie reviews National Trust Long Mynd.

Natural Glory……


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.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Mynd


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.