Thursday, June 30, 2011


I finally ordered some toys from dog dream toys.  I've had the site bookmarked forever, after reading about them on Kathy's blog

The four toys arrived yesterday...a bunny bumper, mini bunny bit,bunny braid, and a tunuki.

I wasn't surprised when Chewy leaped up in the air to grab one.  I was shocked when Oreo went bizerk over each and every one.

Right now, the toys are hidden. Obviously, these toys are super rewarding, and I don't want them to be destroyed if left unattended!

I plan on bringing the mini bunny bit to Chewy's puppy class.  It's perfect pocket size.

If you are looking for some great new toys, check out her website.  Each one was handmade, based on what I wanted, and the service was impeccable.

The more I buy things from individual people (blankets, handbags, toys....) the less I want to go to impersonal Target.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

tricky t-day ~moonwalk

I mentioned last week that Chewy was starting to scoot back on his own while in a down.  All week, I've been working on shaping him to go back a bit further.  We still have some work to do, but he's getting it.

This video was shot with me using kibble as his reward.  He was REALLY excited about the food.  Almost too excited, because he was having trouble controlling himself.  I'm not one to squelch enthusiasm though.

We started our Silvia Trkman Distance Puppy Class this week.  I am so looking forward to learning from one of the best trick/agility trainers out there (IMHO), especially when it comes to teaching the dog how to learn and making sure the dog finds it nothing but FUN.

Luckily, I had already started training some of the things on our first "to do" list. Gives us a bit of a headstart.  Although, Chewy still has a lot of learning to do.

Monday, June 27, 2011

misty monday~in your face

You could always count on Misty to stick her butt in your face when it was scratching time.

She REALLY loved having her back leg pits scratched. Misty would hold her leg up in the air for you to get a good angle under there. She'd lift her legs up when I was giving her a bath too...helped me rinse her a bit easier.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

spam? and rally stuff

An anonymous commenter has continuously left me this comment:

Rihtaš mal? Rihtaš?

I've tried google translator to see what it translates to (although, I'm not even sure what language it is), but nothing comes up.

Anyone know?
Chewy at the farm today.
Brought Oreo to a rally class today.  There was a USDAA trial going on down below, and it was a big two ring trial.  This set Oreo off from the get go.  He saw all the RV's, and knew right away that lots of people would be around.  Luckily, our class is held inside the building.

Our first time in the ring didn't go so well.  Oreo couldn't focus on me much.  He kept looking toward the people and open door which looked out over the parking lot/food truck.

Our second try, I shut the door and our instuctor brought her dog in the ring.  She worked her way around the course as a judge would, but with her dog on leash.  This helped Oreo immensely.  We've tried this before, even had the whole class stand against the wall with their dogs.  For some reason, if Oreo knows the people are hanging out with their dogs, he can relax a bit, because he feels their focus isn't on him (or at least that's my read).

I would never have tried this tactic, but am so glad I did when the instructor suggested it.  She felt Oreo's issues were mostly with people, not dogs.

You would think Oreo wouldn't want the other dog so close to him, but other dogs don't seem to bother him, as long as they are not seeking interaction.  I feel dogs can sense another dog's needs better than people can.  I don't have to tell dogs, "please ignore Oreo!"  They know it already.

My instructor said that I should ask for a modification in the rally trials.  I should ask the judge to be in the ring with another dog!  I wish they would go for that!  If dogs could have an IEP like my special ed students, I would surely put it in there as a testing modification.

Friday, June 24, 2011

fun friday!

When I am busy on the computer, and Oreo is busy chewing a bone, Chewy finds all sorts of interesting ways to amuse himself.

For example, he enjoys pulling the dried hydrangea out of the vase on our woodstove.

Here is another favorite past time:

Thursday, June 23, 2011

then & now

8 weeks
 16 weeks

Big changes, but still pretty darn cute!  Really hoping for one ear up, one ear down like Oreo.  We'll see.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

tricky t-day ~ dancing bear

Chewy likes to stand up on his hind legs (especially when a treat is involved).  At first, we tried to discourage this behavior and have him sit for treats.  However, I decided it would make a good trick, and started putting it on cue.

Chewy reminds me of a bear when he does this, so, I named the trick dancing bear.

Chewy is starting to offer me behaviors already while we're training.  Yesterday, while in a down, he scooted himself back a bit.  Really hoping I can shape him to crawl backward.

He also pretty much taught himself the "look at that game" with the vacuum cleaner (while it was turned off).  Not only was he looking at it, then me, eventually he started running over to it, touching it with his paw and coming back to me!  It was so amazing to see his little (and I mean little) brain working.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Friday, June 17, 2011

fun friday!

I've taken so many videos of Chewy the past few weeks. I don't quite know what to do with them. I decided to make a compilation of the highlights. Mostly puppy zoomies.

But it's not all fun and games. Chewy will occassionally fall asleep(although I rarely see it!). Yesterday, for the first time ever, Oreo shared his big bed with the Chewster. It was so sweet.
Some of you saw these photos on facebook, but I had to share with everyone.

Chewy is all legs and head right now!

Jeff took Chewy out and about yesterday afternoon. They went to his job, a motorcycle store, and the McDonald's drive thru.  Jeff left Oreo home, as it would be a bit much for him.

Well, when they came home, Oreo was jumping on top of Chewy's car carrier, crying.  Then, once Chewy was out of his crate, they were all over each other, whining with happiness, rubbing up against each other. Oreo must really love his little brother.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

tunneling thursday

When Oreo and I started to learn agility, I taught him mostly through play with a toy.

He still loves to play agility for toys at home. 

I wanted Chewy to learn the same way.  Agility should be a game right?
Here is me attempting to get Chewy to chase his ball through a tunnel.  I think he thought the tunnel was slowing him down,so he went around it a few times instead.  He also sunk his razor teeth into my hand, instead of the ball. Ouch!

Of course, wrestling with Oreo inside the tunnel is more fun than playing with the ball.

Brought Oreo to another beyond beginners agility class last night. He did great.

Chewy did great too. He still loves to greet other dogs. Chewy will be taking a puppy prep class in a couple weeks. There is going to be one at a new site just a mile or so from my house! She will also be teaching various agility classes there. I'm hoping to take the one that focuses on Linda Mecklenberg's jumping foundations. I think Oreo would love that. He loves jumps.

The intructor is the person who taught Oreo's Break out of your Shell seminar. So, she knows Oreo and his "issues".

It is going to be so convienent to have classes so close. I still plan on taking some at the farm though. I want Oreo to stay familiar with the trial site, plus I love my teacher!