George the Collie Vs Training Pt.12

Can I have your attention…?

After lasts weeks break in training, we are back at it.
George is still doing well but, like all but one of his class, there is still an underlying problem – focus.

It's not a real problem, not a problem outside of the class.

The class is an hour long and, after 30 – 40 minutes George's has gone. He's bored, had enough.

As I said, it's not just George as they all seem to have the same problem but it's frustrating.

It's like taking kids to something they find dull, it's only a matter of time.

George is, according to various experts, just coming into his teenage years now.

This comparison is made out through a short attention span, some grandstanding to other pups to establish his place and also with poor hygiene.

George is obsessed with fox pooh.

Every walk, afterwards, he needs a shower. You have control of him the whole walk, off the lead, and he's doing great until he finds it then I may as well not even be there as my recall is ignored in favour of poop.

Bloody kids………

George the Collie Vs Training Pt.11

Rain stopped play.

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. 😬

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 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 🙄.

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.

Spread love, not hate.

George the Collie Vs Training Pt.8

Personality crisis….

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.


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.