Found this on another tumblog and I love the song and the show (Raising Hope) Enjoy!
Today I took Tintin and Butter over to Izzy’s mom’s house so Butter could swim which as a Labrador Retriever is her most favorite thing to do in the whole world! I know this because she has told me ;-)
The rescue Tintin came from specifically said that he was afraid of water. I’ve had him in a couple of creeks, he jumps in my baby pool and I’ve given him a bath but I did not intend for him to do any more than get on the steps of the pool to keep cool. I was throwing biscuits in the pool for Butter to dive in and get and boom, next thing I know, Tintin is in the pool and swimming like, well, like a Labrador Retriever!!!!
I just barely had enough time to grab my cell phone and click the camera on to catch his (as far as I know) very first swim! We had only one second of frantic pawing at the side before I managed to get on the steps and encourage him to keep swimming to me :-)
I love food puzzle toys. I love them almost as much as my dogs love them. Here is a video of Jellybean (Australian Cattle Dog), Britney (Jack Russell Terrier) and Blue (ACD/JRT mix) having breakfast on my freshly mopped kitchen floor this morning. Brit has my original favorite kibble dispensing food puzzle: The Atomic Treatball. Blue is knocking around a pink Treatstik which was briefly my favorite until Kong unveiled the Wobbler which is what Jellybean starts out using.
I love the Wobbler and Treatstik because they can very easily be taken apart for cleaning and can be filled with specific amounts of kibble. The Treatstik and the Atomic Treatball come out ahead of the Wobbler for smaller dogs though since they both come in small sizes while the Wobbler is huge. Hopefully Kong will release a smaller version of the Wobbler soon.
Poor Brit has never gotten to play with small dog toys because I always also have a larger dog and fear the larger dog could choke on a Brit-sized toy but I have clients with small dogs who would LOVE a size-appropriate Wobbler!
Another advantage of the Wobbler and Treatstik which may not be apparent in this particular video is that the dog does not need to move them around a great deal in order to get the kibble to fall out of them.
Jellybean and Blue sometimes quarrel a bit about the food puzzles. If I were not recording the experience I would have separated the two of them and I would not have had to stay on hand to make sure everyone was playing with her own toy.
PLEASE TELL US! Several people wrote in with sad stories of clear problems that trainers or vets never mentioned when the dog was younger. Many people wished that someone had said something to them sooner. The trick is how and when you say it (read on!) KINDNESS Oh please please please remember how fragile and vulnerable we are about our dogs. Expressing empathy and concern goes a long way toward having any comment you might make about someone’s dog be heard. OFFER SOLUTIONS I cringed reading comments about trainers who said things like “You need to get your dog under control!” and kept walking. Isn’t that, uh, what we trainers are for? Don’t people come to us to learn how to do that?
Hmmm last weekend I was trimming the hedges in front of my house. I had Jellybean in a Gentle Leader and leash on a sit stay a few feet behind me in my front yard. She got several compliments from people walking, with or without dogs, down the street on how nicely she stayed and how calm she was.
Then the yellow lab towing the very small girl approached. I have worked with either in boarding, training, pet sitting or dog walking probably 200 labs. I have met ONE genuinely aggressive lab. It could be that this dog’s body language was thrown off by towing 70 lbs of child but he came at us with a very hard stare and what both Jellybean and I perceived as aggressive body language.
I wish that I had reiterated Jellybean’s stay cue, stepped in front of her and let the lab jump into me. Doing that might have prevented the dog from terrorizing Jellybean and I probably could have gotten control of him and given him back to the child. What happened instead was that I let Jellybean run from him into my neighbor’s yard knowing that she is very smart in a feral way and a LOT faster than any fat, out of shape lab. The child got pulled down, lost the leash, the dog bolted after Jellybean who lost him then ran around the house to come back to me. I put Jellybean in the house and went to make sure the child and lab were okay. She proceeded to walk around my front yard with that dog until he took a ginormous poop which she of course did not clean up.
I honestly wanted to follow the two of them home and give the parents a piece of my mind about allowing this child to attempt to walk this dog. She seemed to be somewhere between 8 and 11 but very small and slight. There is NO way she could physically control a 75 pound dog and since the dog obviously had not been taught to walk nicely it was going to take someone who could physically demand that from him to get him from point A to point B.
The potential horrible outcomes are almost too numerous to name: dog starts a fight with another dog and child is injured trying to break up the fight; dog drags child into street where one or both are hit by a car. Not to mention that the child could very easily just sprain/break a leg, ankle, wrist or arm being dragged to the point where she falls.
When I was done trimming my hedges a half an hour later and went inside I could hear her little voice pleading with the dog to stop on the street behind my house. I know that there are a number of not very friendly dogs AND people living on that street.
I am not going to wear red hats with purple. I am going to clicker train beautiful, soothing Koi that don’t bark or need fetch sessions or to be walked :-)