October 2nd 2012 12:44 am
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I wanted to say thank you to all of my wonderful furiends that gave me balloons to play with. I wanted to send you messages and balloons too, but my mum has leaky eyes. I don't know why her eyes are leaking - or maybe they are raining, but I'm very busy trying to fix her. I'll be back soon.
September 3rd 2012 11:46 pm
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Most of the time, when we go for walks, I stay at mum's side and walk like a perfect gentledog. But sometimes a dog just has to pull. It's empowering. But mostly, humans don't like it.
I keep mum guessing as to when and why I pull. It gives her something to think about and you don't want your human to get bored. She wanted to teach me not to pull and we watched a programme on TV with a lady called Victoria Stilwell who teaches dogs all sorts of things - most of which I already know. Mum wanted to try her technique of teaching dogs not to pull where she would just turn around and walk in the other direction when the pooch pulled. So off we went.
I cooperated by pulling since she couldn't exactly train me not to if I didn't. I hope she appreciated my consideration. When we got to a quiet street she went to work. We walked forward, I pulled immediately, we turned around. We walked forward, I pulled immediately, we turned around. We were going in circles! We did this until we were both quite dizzy and neither of us could walk in a straight line. We laughed and laughed.
But I was getting bored so to make things more interesting, I walked calmly by her side for a little bit and then pulled. And she turned us around and we walked the other way. I walked nicely for a little bit and pulled again. And she turned us around. It was a great game and I did a very good job teaching my mum to turn around. All I have to do is pull and there she goes - she walks me the other direction! And I didn't even have to give her any treats!
August 23rd 2012 3:37 am
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My mum is still working on helping me learn to ignore other dogs when we go for walks and I'm doing quite well. My biggest problem has been another German Shepherd who does not get walked on a lead - we got into a couple of fights, the last one was pretty bad. Mum found out that a lot of people are upset that the dog is not on a lead and she started to wonder if so many dogs bark at me because they think I'm the 'other' German Shepherd. Well, when we went out for our early morning walk, there was a dog on the other side of the street and I'm really good at ignoring them when they are that far away - except this one was a German Shepherd. He was on a lead, but I thought it was the dog that fought with me and I pulled and barked and must admit, I forgot all that mum taught me and got a little crazy. After he was gone, mum thought that I have the same problem like the other dogs, of thinking all German Shepherds are going to fight me.
So now she's wondering if she'll need to cover mirrors because I could be 'autophobic'. She's joking, right?
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