It's been nearly two months since my last post and so much has changed. Some good things, some not good.
First a little exciting nose work news - Sioux passed her Odor Recognition Tests the beginning of June and Roo Frank was accepted into his NACSW NW1 trial in July!
Getting one dog to sit still for a picture is tough. Getting five to sit for a picture in the spots you want to them is damn near impossible. Like every dog mom on the planet, I like taking tons of pictures of my pack. Here's how I get the Dog Soup dogs to pose... Continue Reading →
Tuna fudge, that is. Or sometimes sardine and Parmesan cheese fudge (because my dogs like their treats extra smelly). I use this treat as a high value reward when I'm going to ask my dogs to do something really hard (like go to a trial). This treat is so easy to make and you can... Continue Reading →
But in December we had a really awkward trial where he seemed over faced, an emotion/state of mind he very rarely gives in to. We were able to make lemonade out of lemons that day and at the end of the day he still left feeling pretty OK about the whole thing, but I was concerned ("concerned" in this context meaning freaked out because I thought I was ruining/had already ruined my dog).
In the wide world of horse showing, there are plenty of ways to disqualify yourself. The same is true in the world of competition obedience.
People always laugh when I say bringing a little, cute, outgoing dog to an event is good for business, but it's true.
I have always shared my bed with dogs. I know, I know, there's plenty of evidence out there that says sharing your bed with dogs is bad for their behavior (and quite possibly your health), but I don't care. I like snuggling my dogs and, so far, nobody has gotten sick or started behaving badly... Continue Reading →
Now that we're getting to a place with all the dogs where everyone can be productively trained at home, new challenges have arisen. For the most part, the place that we go to for class (which we affectionately refer to as "school") is somewhat sterile. I call it sterile in the sense that there's not... Continue Reading →