Bringing Home Puppy

Agility Rules!
September 24, 2010, 2:29 pm
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For the last 12 weeks we have been taking dog agility classes through Who’s Walking Who.  What the heck is dog agility you ask?!  It is basically the ultimate in canine sports…and quite a workout for me, I might add!   While each dog must come into agility classes with basic sit-stay knowledge, it is truly amazing watching the development of your dog in a 12 week period.  Timmy’s sit-stays have improved, as have his downs, heeling and overall confidence.   As many of you know, Timmy can be a little bit of a scaredy-dog, and has earned the nickname Skitters – for always skittering away when he’s nervous.   12 weeks ago it was difficult to picture him running through tunnels, through a blind shoot, and walking over a teeter totter, but today he is doing all of those things and more with a sense of excitement, confidence and eagerness I never imagined possible.

Last night we graduated from Level 2 Agility, and I couldn’t be happier.  Here is a few pictures from the night:

Completing the Teeter

Over the jump


The Graduate
July 28, 2010, 7:52 pm
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I am pleased to announce that last month Timmy graduated from Level II Obedience at Mother Knows Best!  Equipped with non-verbal commands, distance downs and more confidence, Tim is now ready to take on the world!   As my brother has become fond of saying: “God, is that dog in college yet?!”  Haha not exactly, but we have started a brand new Agility class!  Way to go Timmy!

Timmy Achieves a Goal!
September 24, 2009, 10:51 am
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It took a long time, but now our little pup Timmy is confidently able to manoeuvre the main stairs in the building, the stairs at the park, and the stairs pretty much everywhere.  Except the ones in our house.  This likely goes back to the little fall he had when he was just learning.  Since then, Mike has been working tirelessly trying to build up his confidence by helping him up the last few stairs every night.  We still have a lot of progress to make though.  Well…at least we thought so!

Last night we were getting ready for bed upstairs, leaving Timmy downstairs to play.  I had just gone into the bedroom to moisturize, when I heard the unmistakable sound of dog claws on hardwood.  I whipped around and saw little Timmy running down the hall towards me!  He did it!  All by himself!!!

We were so proud.  And, of course, now he is just showing off by following us around the house, upstairs and down.  He even managed to make it upstairs with his bone!  It was miraculous really. 

And now we realize our shoe-hiding place on the stairs is no longer safe!  Now we will actually have to clean up after ourselves and put them away!  *groan*

Class Review
August 17, 2009, 9:53 pm
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So we had our first class at Mother Knows Best last Tuesday.  It was AMAZING.  As you know, we had already taken little Timmy to a puppy training class at a different place.  I thought this would be a repeat of more of the same and we wouldn’t learn anything new.  I was SO wrong.  The owner, Dorothy, is a kooky lady who knows her stuff.  She said that from the FIRST class with her, your dog will be 75% to 90% better at walking on lead without pulling.  “Yeah right”, I thought.

We bought the Martingale collar that she recommended, and gave the class a try.  Most other classes start the dogs off with “sit” commands.  Not Dorothy.  We began with heeling, and true to her word, little Timmy has seen a vast improvement after only 1 class!  NO pulling while walking at all!
Its cheaper than many other classes in Toronto, is located right downtown, and is already giving great results.  This is serious business, and I cannot wait for the next class tomorrow!

A New Class
August 11, 2009, 2:11 pm
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We decided to sign Timmy up for a new obedience class at a new school.  We have heard great things about this school from other dog owners, and given that its located quite close to our house, we thought we would give them a try! 

 In his previous class, Timmy seemed to be quite far ahead of the pack.  We are hoping that this class is a bit more challenging for him, and maybe even a bit more fun!  We have heard that the teacher is tough on both dogs, and humans.  Training is also more praised-based, and less treat based.  Since Tim’s motivation in life is to eat, eat, eat, we shall see how it goes!

Updates tomorrow…

July 26, 2009, 12:13 pm
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We are pleased to announce that our little Timmy is the newest graduate of Jr. Kinderpuppy!

He passed his exam with flying colours, and he will be off to highschool in a few weeks.

Way to go Tim!

And Then, This Morning…
June 18, 2009, 11:20 am
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*stay calm*

I knew when I got up this morning that Tim had to pee.  I quickly got some pants on grabbed my coat and we headed for the door.  We didn’t make it.  We WAY didn’t make it.  Tim started to pee on the carpet in the hall, which has happened before, but in the past  I’ve just pull him along and he stops until he gets outside to his spot.

In an effort to expedite the process I lifted him up and carried him down the stairs.  He peed on me the ENTIRE way.  And all over the floor. 

Cleaning the  hallway and 2 flights of stairs  in your building at 6:30 in your urine-stained jammies is not the best way to start your day.

The Second Class
June 18, 2009, 10:31 am
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So we had our second puppy class last night.  This time the focus was on name recognition, getting their attention when they’re playing, and socialization.  It was quite fun.  Tim was his usual hotdog-motivated self, and paid constant attention to Mike and I.  He sailed through the skateboard and umbrella-opening scenarios, and even ignored a noisy cart (which he never does on the street).  So it was great!  He and Lilly the yorkie-mix also had a great time biting each others faces and pulling ears. 

On the way home Tim even rode the subway for the first time!  I thought for sure the squealing sound of the train would frighten him, but he was totally cool!  Altogether it was a great night!

Updates from the Trenches
June 9, 2009, 8:42 pm
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Apologies for the lack of recent content. Mikey had to write the CFA on Saturday, and so it was up to me to be a full time, single parent for the last week or so. It was tough! Who has time to blog when they’re constantly being attacked by a nipping little ninnymuggins!?
At any rate, things are going well. I am amazed everyday at the progress we’re making. Walks are actual walks, and not just us dragging the dog around. Poops are outside. He has even asked to be let outside to do his work. Its great! I’ve also taught him “sit”, “down”, and “bed”.
Tomorrow we start Jr. Kinderpuppy. (Groans from the audience…yes, I know its SO Toronto). But I really think it will be great to let him socialize with other puppies in a safe place, as well as help us all learn how to work with each other.
His reward for the night…cut up hotdogs! Yum yum! I tried them out on him tonight and it was a smashing success! I think this is going to be fun!
Updates to come…

Lift, and Drag
May 25, 2009, 9:40 pm
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So the latest issue we’ve been having with Timmy is his refusal to walk.  Generally, this only lasts at the outset of the walk, but it is pretty severe until we are out of sight of home.  The puppy books all call this “Mule Behaviour”, where the dog will just stop and refuse to walk.  Timmy will lurch backward, or just sit down completely.  It is totally frustrating.  The number one thing to remember, is that you never, NEVER pick the dog up.  This is giving them a free ride.  Our book tells us that no matter what, the PARADE MUST CONTINUE.  This means literally dragging the poor guy along.  I feel like a terrible pet owner doing this, even though I’m sure all the other dog owners out there know what Im talking about!

Mike is personally offended by his refusal to walk.  It is a domination test…and we refuse to lose!  So Mike has come up with the Lift and Drag system.  In his harness, we lift him just off the ground, and he almost always starts walking.  (Except when we’re in the middle of an intersection, or there are witnesses around…of course!)

So, its a battle, but we’re determined to win!


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