Saturday, 29 November 2008

What about Ben??

I was holding off posting this because I was waiting to get the fotos and videos off other people (I was to busy running to take fotos)
Two weeks ago today was Bens first ever agility compatition
To say the least I was vvv nerous!!
We ran 4 courses

1st one
My nerves and Ben being a bit high as a kite resulted in a messy round with lots of twirling, but a clear round
2nd run
A little better, slow and not to confident but a nice clear round

3rd run
Really much better, slow and steady but another clear round - then the results came out

WE WON!! what a smart little boy! and as that was the agility grade 1 run it also means that we have gone straight up to grade 2 in our first ever comp!! what a wee star!!

4th run
Nerves gone and Ben is flying, difficult course but we are going really fast

Unfort we are bot a little tired and Ben knocks a pole down and I move to fast away from the tunnel and he pops out - so faulted twice - but in my mind the best run of the day

What a fantastic little boy!! I look forward to more shows next year!

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Been a while - more Mia

I have been really bad at blogging latley, V busy with the dogs - so sorry about that

So here is an update on her progress so far.

Mia has been settling in quite well, she has made a few doggie friends and is much more relaxed with Ben. She is still a bit loud on the lead when she sees other dogs but mainly it is just wanting to get over and see them. Unfort most dog owners think she is being agressive. She really does NOT like GSD's and some large breeds (you know how to pick your fights girl!)

I have been taking her to training classes and she is getting quite good at working and ignoring the other dogs, although when they get too close she can get a little snappy.

So far she has learnt (not 100% but a good start) sit, lie down, come, leave it, circle right, paw and heel. She has also been introduced to the tunnel and weaves - just so she isnot scared of them - I wouldnt drill weaves just now (or ever) as she is young.

I decided to mix up the basic obedience with more luring and moving type tricks because she is so smart she was sitting automatically every time I tried to train her.

She has for this week been alowed on the sofa and she is really turning into a total teady bear just wanting to sit right on your lap.

She is getting a little less bossy with Ben, instead of forcing him out of the way with agression she kisses him away - which is cute but will also have to stop too - If she had her own way she would get all the loving and Ben would be stuck out in the cold.

I have figured she used to live in a house with a doorbell as there is an advert on TV with a doorbell and poor wee love keeps running to the door!
Everyone who has helped

Thankyou so much, she is really comming out of her shell and turning into a great little dog. She still needs some work for her fear agression and reactivity but I am sure we will get there

Friday, 7 November 2008

Some videos of Mia and Ben having a lovely walk in the autumn sunshine at Pollock park

She has had many new adventures this week. A few house visits, a bus ride, meeting all the dog agility people and a whole woodland walk offlead
She still has some problems with recal and guarding Ben from things and she is a bit manic barky growley at new dogs then leaps all over them when they get close

But she is smart and learning new stuff all the time - and megga sweet

Please tell your friends to drop by this blog or my shop and either buy a raffle ticket to help this little dog and all the others in need or donate direct with paypal to pamduthie @ hotmail . com (remove spaces)

Thankyou to everyone who has helped so far, Mia is doing really well but every week there are more and more abandoned dogs in Ireland who need the help of all these amazing people to save them


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