Photo Comments (1)Age: 4 Years Sex: Male Weight: 26-50 lbs
"Baby Sam!!!!! All full of demodex"
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Sam B, Baby Sam, Sam
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March 1st 2010
January 1st 2010
Playing, eating, cuddling.
Sam hates when he wants to snuggle but there is no room on the couch for him. He puts up a big fuss until you budge over a little for him, then he falls asleep like a big ol' pup and snores. :)
Oh gosh, anything!
Hiking at the forest
Sit. He doesn't know anything else yet!
Sam started out as a demodex foster, but I didn't want to let him go!! So he is officially mine now. As his collar says, he is "my little angel, my little devil". He is a bit of a troublemaker, but a very lovable one.
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January 4th 2012 9:33 am
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I haven't been on Dogster in aaages... but I feel like I need a place to keep me accountable for training Sam & some of my other dogs. When I was working with Jasmine (who is not with me any more, she lives with my sister) I found it very helpful to keep track of our progress through her Dogster journal and on the forums. So, I'm going to try the same for Sam.
Sam is 2 years old and, in general, a very good boy. His two bad habits are jumping up for attention and pulling on the leash. He also is extremely expressive, always trying to communicate something to me or the other dogs (I refer to it as "fussing" - but I don't aim to make him stop, I want him to tell me something if he has something to say!). But I have worked with him on nothing! And I mean *nothing*! He knows how to sit, but only in the kitchen and only when I am clearly going for the treat bag. If I say the word "sit" any where else, I get a very blank stare.
He is very enthusiastic about training and picks up on things quickly. I do clicker training of course. I did some intro work with him just to be sure that he understood what the clicker was all about... I had him touching a small frisbee with his paw. But, he didn't just touch the frisbee with his paw when he understood what I was going for, he SLAMMED both front feet into the frisbee like he was pouncing on a mouse or something. Yeah, I said he was enthusiastic!
Today we've been working on the basics for the "bucket" trick. At first, all I clicked/treated for was any kind of mouth-touching on the duck toy. Then, I tried to c/t for teeth specifically. Then, I c/t for lifting the duck off the ground. Next, I plan on getting a longer duration on how much he holds the duck for, and then I will incorporate the "bucket" and we will work on aiming the duck so that it drops into the bucket. After that, we'll work on distance and we'll work with other objects. Sam's younger "sister" Kylie (no Dogster page right now, sorry) is working on this trick simultaneously. She is also smart as a whip and is picking up on it very quickly. Emerson had begun the basics for this awhile ago, but I haven't gone back to it with him. I'm sure he could do it very well, too. Imagine if I could spread all their dog toys out into the living room with a basket or two, and turn all 3 loose to "put their toys away", haha! That would be a fun trick. :)
Sam also is the only dog that shows any enthusiasm for agility... so, when it gets warmer I intend to work with him on that. In the meantime, I feel like I at least need to get him trained in the basics!!!
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