Schools out for summer and what's a bored kid to do?
Malia's been training the dogs and both she and the dogs have been loving it. I don't know who's been having more fun with this, Malia or the dogs. Mini Mouse especially adores it. I don't know if it's because of the treats involved because it's clicker trained or she just thinks it's fun. Malia taught her sit and lie down and to walk nicely on a leash first. Then she moved onto the "tricks" of spinning around in a circle and to shake hands or paws if you will.
She's been using the workbook for 101 Dog Tricks which has flash cards that rate each trick 1 - 4 for difficulty and on the back of each card are the written instructions for each step of training a trick. It's a neat little book. It's got a dvd with it too. It's probably the best book on training various tricks and we've read quite a few books on the subject.
I love this picture! I see such interest an attention from puppies and dogs when they are being trained with a clicker. Usually we do dogs individually but this was just a few minutes of refresher so doing it together was fine. I'm old enough to remember doing it the old school way and instead of a dog learning in a 1/2 hour it could take days to get a solid sit and you certainly didn't get this kind of attention.
They're following her hoping she'll play clicker some more
When Colin sent me this picture of him and his Tibetans I knew I had to share it here. He told me his 2 working boys help on certain calls as well as being a hit in his community. Just goes to show you these guys have what it takes. Colin added another Tibetan to his household; a sister to the 2 puppies on the For Sale page. I can't wait to see what her job will be.
The past few months have been busy here. I've been in the process of starting an online store selling handmade, handbound books. Between getting my inventory built up and doing all the necessary things to get a business going I haven't had much spare time so please forgive me if I've not been timely in returning your emails or calls. Things are slowing down a bit now so emails and/or calls should be more responded to in a more timely manner now.