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 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 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 Vs Training Pt.7

Dog training and problem pups.

George started his puppy training last Friday. 

A week off six months old, he was one of the oldest in his group but we chose to wait to rejoin a training school we trusted.

Training is fine but it is always interesting learning something about your dog and parallels with humans.


George is already good at the ‘sit’ & ‘down’. His recall is quite good too but tonight, there was a dog there and the owner had NO control over this pet.

She was an older lady with a beautiful dog, completely out of her depth. At 4 months, this dog was massive and a ball of chaos.

George found him facinating. Sat next dog along, he had a front row seat of this problem pooch.

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George also though that he could also start to behave like him, something I hadn’t seen him do before.

It was like when you were at school and in your class was ‘that’ kid who was always playing up and in trouble. Impossible to ignore and a bit of a magnet to the easily led.

And that’s what I learnt about my George. He won’t walk to heel and often ignores commands but he is easily lead and, by that, I don’t mean on a leash. ๐Ÿ˜

George the Collie Vs Wearable tech for pets.

I’m always impressed by new advances in technology. I look forward to developments in energy generation, transportation and communications most of all.

I like to see technology applied in clever ways.

GPS Lo-jack tagging on cars? Great stuff.

Contactless purchasing? Lovely.

Wicking fabric for sportswear. Very nice for humans but on animals? Nature, evolution provided them with a coat that’s suits

Contactless entry for pet entry points, dog flaps, that sort of thing – surely your dog is supervised? Your cat can find shelter.

GPS tagged collar camera for cats ๐Ÿฑ? Not so hot. Why do you care where your cat goes or what it does?

Seriously, if you buy the stuff, they’ll keep making it when they could be inventing something that REALLY benefits the world.

We should buy that stuff.