Tuesday, February 18, 2014

tricky t-day ~ in my shoes

Ever wanted to walk in someone else's shoes for a day?

How about have your dog walk in your shoes?  I've been working on this trick FOREVER.  Years really. For some reason, it just wasn't clicking with either dog.

Recently, I changed up the way I was shaping the way they put the shoes on, and suddenly, they started to make progress.

Surprisingly, Chewy picked up on it quicker than Oreo, and he's able to take real steps forward (as long as I'm luring him with a treat).    Oreo is close, but still needs to figure the coordination out.  It's hard for them to keep the shoes on their feet, and to keep the shoes from tipping to the side.

We still have a ways to go, but here is our progress so far.  Very proud of both boys for not giving up on this one.


BTW, these aren't my real shoes.  I bought them on sale at Target in the kids section for $2.  I thought the smaller size would be easier for them.

The hardest part of this trick was teaching them to put the shoes on properly!  The walking part is way easier.

Monday, February 17, 2014

mishmash monday

I put Oreo on top of the snowbank. He was not happy about that!
"Dog abuse!  Call the hotline!"
They could easily step over the fence if they decided to climb the snow bank.
Luckily, they don't seem interested in climbing, even if something does smell good on the other side.
 Sometimes, I have a hard time finding the dogs.
All I can see is their ears bobbing up and down.
Oreo says, "We have enough snow now!  Send the rest somewhere else please."

Friday, February 14, 2014


We got walloped last night with snow. Chewy has never seen this much snow at one time.  We got 18 inches or so, on top of the snow from the last couple storms.   It's a bit ridiculous.

I shoveled a big loop around the yard for the dogs, and they were at my ankles the whole time while I shoveled. Funny how until shelties have a nice circular path to run, they don't know what to do with themselves!

Not getting very far out of that gate.

School was obviously closed for the day, extending our week long winter break by another day!

Monday, February 10, 2014

mishmash monday

Dogs love Mondays!  Their parents finally go to work, so the dogs can get a proper nap after a busy weekend!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

snow day!


It's amazing how much one can get accomplished when you have an unexpected day off.  I wrote a couple IEPs(work stuff), made chilli, baked chocolate chocolate chip cookies, baked corn bread, did a load of laundry, balanced my checkbook (am I the only person who still does that), shoveled a bunch of paths for dogs and humans, played in the snow.....and that was all before noon!

 Here is Chewy attempting to write my name in the snow!  Look at that perfect "S"!
Or maybe he was going to write 'Snowday'?

 (Don't tell anyone, but he's actually peeing in this photo! Peeing like a girl!)

The best part....we didn't get as much as they thought.  Probably only ten inches or less.   And it's fluffy.

No problem going out to get bread and milk by evening.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

tricky t-day ~ more chins

Did some 'chin' variations this week.

Here is Oreo putting his chin on a pillow.   Plus, he hides under the pillow which he started offering on his own when I brought the pillow out, so I decided to go with it. Then, putting his chin on my shoulder.

Love my little trickster.


Here's Chewy learning to  put his chin on the pillow, under Oreo's watchful eyes.

Not setting my alarm tonight!  Pretty confident we're going to have our first snow day of the school year. Even our principal sent out an email saying that it's probably a good idea to input our quarter grades by the end of the day Tuesday, even though they're not due until Wednesday afternoon.  Timing of the storm is perfect, starts in the middle of night, goes into the morning, and the amount is enough to close school - 8 to 12 inches.  3-5 inches is always a crapshoot whether they will close or not, more likely a 2 hour delay.  1-3 and we'll be heading in.

All our big storms happened on the weekend this year.  So unfair!  We deserve this one. One of the best perks of my job.  It'll give us more time for tricks!

Monday, February 3, 2014

mishmash monday

I took Chewy to his first agility league match this past Saturday.  I was really worried about how he would handle it, since our last trial experience was pretty much a disaster!

It was held at our school, so at least he was familiar with the setting.  Plus, I knew the ability to have treats in the ring would be a huge help.

On our first run, I didn't get a sit at the start, he bailed the teeter, ran past the weaves, then hopped on every obstacle he could, even when I didn't want him to!  I laughed a lot during that run.  Chewy did go through the tire, instead of under it! WhooHoo! I treated him for his contacts, for his tire, and for being cute.

When it was time for our second run, he pulled me to the building.  Clearly, whatever nervous energy he had in the ring was forgotten!

Our second run went much better.  It was a game, so I could make up my own course.  I avoided the teeter, and stuck with his favorites - contacts!  We had a really good run.  Chewy stayed at the startline.  He stuck every contact, and stayed with me the whole time.   He handled the 'judge' yelling out numbers and standing right in front of the tunnel entrance I was trying to send him in!  Chewy just went around him. Such a good boy.  That run felt really good.

The game rules were complicated, one where you had to guess how many points you would score before you enter the ring.  Well, my brain must be exhausted from having to predict what scores my 72 human students are going to get on their final exams for my yearly evaluation, because I really underestimated how many points we would get.  No big deal though.  Unlike school, these points don't really matter!

Overall, I'm glad we went!

I don't plan on doing a lot of trialing with Chewy. Trialing just isn't my thing.  But I do plan on doing a few small trials this summer.  Hopefully, by exposing him to league matches, our next trial experience will go a bit smoother.

I really don't want Chewy to find agility stressful in anyway.  Been there with another dog, and don't ever want to be there again.  If he isn't having fun at trials, we'll just stick to our fun classes.