This video is a summary of 3 sessions, and the first couple of sessions weren’t filmed – so maybe 5 sessions in total to get to the level we’re at now.
So! On Sunday Gummi and I went to the big dog show Dogs4All with my sister and Harald. They are planning to add a Bedlington terrier to their family, like we’ve mentioned before. This time we were going to watch the breeder, Gro, show a couple of her dogs (the daddy to be included) and just look around. I jumped at the opportunity to come along as I loved the idea of the socialization options for Gummi.
Harald and Astri, my sister, talking to Gro and one of the Bedlingtons. Big congrats to Gro who went home with BOB (Keira) and BOS (Mr. Finn – daddy to be) and they can now also be called Norwegian Winner 2011 as part of their names!
Or maybe not.. he’s actually just offering “relaxed behaviors” like we’ve been training him to. Now that’s not as good as actually being relaxed, but it’s still a whole lot better than being stressed or jumping around. I love that he’s gotten used to the relaxation training to the point that they are a quite default behavior for him to offer. I keep reinforcing him and he’s showing a gradual increase in the length of time he’ll lie down and relax for. I’ve never tried such an active way of teaching relaxation, but I’m starting to believe it will work quite well. Oh – and when we were standing in line Gummi charmed the two girls ahead of us, and they both agreed he was a very relaxed staffie and not at all as hyper as the staffies THEY knew. Hah! And that from my little puppy.
PS: I have no less than 3 – THREE – exam essays to write in just over a week, so if I comment on your blogs or write too much here you really need to tell me off! 😉 I’ll be back to a more regular blogging schedule soon.
I had a very fun Sunday – will tell you more about it later as we need some time to process the photos. As you can see here I got to use the trick I learned with the chair!
Is it a whippet in a curly wig?
No – it’s a Bedlington Terrier!
They might be an acquired taste, but Mom’s actually started taking a liking to them. Our Auntie and her family were looking to add a puppy to their family and they needed a dog that doesn’t shed. They were looking into poodles when Mom suggested taking a look at the Bedlingtons. Mom loves poodles, like my buddy Cosinus from puppy school, but they are quite high energy dogs and she thought Auntie might like a dog that’s calmer around the house. She’s got a toddler after all!
Odin was tired and not too interested – but the rest of us got to meet some very sweet and calm dogs – and so soft and fluffy! They’ll even have Mom consider a fluffy dog if I’m not careful, BOL! There will be puppies born in early December – and perhaps one of them will join Auntie’s family. We can’t wait to see!
B (who’s a little insulted I didn’t get to come along)
Okay – so this day is a tribute to my shiny black self!
Kisses – Bajas
Now this is a new trick Gummi learned on Tuesday. She started out clicking him for showing interest in the chair, front paws on the chair and so on – at this point he’s already understood that she wants him to jump in there and remain seated.
Happy Friday everyone! I hear they call it Black Friday so I suppose I should have made this post all about my beautiful black self.. Perhaps we can make it Black Blog Bajas tomorrow.
Now we don’t really celebrate thanksgiving here, at least not in the way it’s generally thought of which is the classic “turkey day” stuff. We do have a thanksgiving/harvest day in fall, but it’s not celebrated in the same way. Either way – we’ve been eating turkey around here lately. We can generally get cheap turkey and other Christmas foods this time of year, and now that we have plenty of freezer storage I got a couple mostly intended for the boys. Let’s just say they haven’t been complaining!
Since the tracking session on Monday went so well I made it a little more difficult for him on Tuesday. However, YouTube is being stupid and we’re not able to share the video yet. Hopefully it will turn up here:
Right now we are very thankful for Turkey! We’ve got lots of other things to be thankful for, too, but Mom’s being grumpy today and it’s sort of rubbing off on us. Her car decided to go mess up its speedometer yesterday, and now she’s a nice new expense to look forward to. Oh yeah.. and the power supply chord to the laptop died on Tuesday and the screen on the little computer on Wednesday. So happy all around! 😉