Sunday, July 8, 2012

Fin in Training

Fin in Training

He has been going for 5 weeks now,  he can sit and lie down and leave a treat until he is told to take it,  but unfortunately that seems to be the extent of it.  

We are not really sure what we were expecting but I guess it was more .  I would have liked to have some tricks to get him to walk properly on a lead, but have resorted to looking on you tube for some guidance.  He is brilliant when he first starts but soon gets bored and lies down and just want to sleep.  I suppose it doesn't help that he goes training on a day that I take him into work with me.  I am always so keen to make sure he behaves in the afternoon for students coming in ( which he is usually brilliant at) that I take him for a really long walk or two in the morning.  I think by 8pm he is shattered and just want his tea.  That another thing we are not so keen on , he is not suppose to eat for 4 hours before training.  It does help him to be desperate for food so will do just about anything for a treat,  but not sure its fair on him as he doesn't eat them until late in the evening after training and he is starving.

We did change his food as suggested by a few people in my previous blog.  He now has tin meat and a complete food that is sugar free, all low in protein.  He seems much better and we don't tend to get manic hour as much any more, in fact he seems generally calmer.  Only really on days when he hasn't had enough attention does he play up.  He gets loads of attention at the studio ,  where he come with me to work as all the visitors and staff fuss him so much.  He also gets to have lovely long walks in the countryside.
I am not sure he would make a good sheep dog as he is terrified of sheep.  We got near a field of them ( he was secure on his lead) when he heard then Baaah- ing he just lay down and started shaking...rubbish!!!!

Generally though he is being very well behaved for a 5 month old pup, of only we could stop him bringing the garden in the house and walk on a lead a bit better

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Pet rules

PET RULES To be posted VERY LOW on the refrigerator door - nose height. Dear Dogs and Cats, The dishes with the paw print are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Please note, placing a paw print in the middle of my plate and food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest. The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack. Beating me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me doesn't help because I fall faster than you can run. I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed. I am very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort. Dogs and cats can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out the other end to maximize space is nothing but sarcasm. For the last time, there is not a secret exit from the bathroom. If by some miracle I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, try to turn the knob or get your paw under the edge and try to pull the door open. I must exit through the same door I entered. Also, I have been using the bathroom for years -- canine or feline attendance is not required. The proper order is kiss me, then go smell the other dog or cat's butt. I cannot stress this enough! To pacify you, my dear pets, I have posted the following message on our front door: To All Non-Pet Owners Who Visit & Like to Complain About Our Pets: 1. They live here. You don't. 2. If you don't want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture. (That's why they call it "fur"niture.) 3. I like my pets a lot better than I like most people. 4. To you, it's an animal. To me, he/she is an adopted son/daughter who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn't speak clearly. Remember: In many ways, dogs and cats are better than kids because they: 1. Eat less 2. Don't ask for money all the time 3 Are easier to train 4. Normally come when called 5. Never ask to drive the car 6. Don't hang out with drug-using friends 7. Don't smoke or drink 8. Don't have to buy the latest fashions 9. Don't want to wear your clothes 10. Don't need a "gazillion" dollars for college. And finally, 11. If they get pregnant, you can sell their children.
What do Fin's like......

Sleeping on the sofa
Digging in the garden
Chasing cats
Jumping like Kangaroos
Eating horse poo
Trying to lick your face after eating horse poo
Chasing after balls
Being let off the lead when on the beach

What don't Fin's like...

Coming back when called
Getting wet feet
Being told off
Getting off the sofa
His lead
Being ignored
The hoover
Having his picture taken in wellies  - Very sorry Fin but I just have to show it.......