Training a dog should be fun and with my dogs things are often learnt not from intense training sessions but just from every day living together, over time a dog shows you what they are capable of and you find ways together to enjoy their capibilities. Often we measure a dogs intelligence by it's ability to be trained calling it obedience, funny that with humans often obedience is one thing that we do not associate with intelligence, actually with human intelligence, we often see a lack of obedience as one of it's characters. So if you find your dog does not want to do flic flac somersaults at the drop of a hat and looks at you when you throw a ball to say, "No chance," is your dog disodedient or off the mensa scale intelligent. Lol
Tonight I have loaded up a video taken Friday morning by our son, Bert. When I am not milking, I get up a little after my husband leaving for work and run the dogs outside and pick up any dog poo, then I come back in to start waking everyone up to have breakfast. The video was taken just after clearing away the breakfast things and the dogs are starting to wind up knowing we are going outside again. Bert suggested filming Henry jumping into my arms, as recently rather than just let him run at me from a distance launching himself into my arms, I had refined this action to making him sit and doing the launch into my arms from this position.
Henry obliges us the three times asked, only lossing slight concentration once, due to the fact to film this I had put all the other dogs out into the back house (utility) for a minute and they were voicing their disgust. The film is two bits due to the fact that Bert filmed the first jump and thought it was not a good angle, but I think we nail it the first time regardless of angle, but interesting to see the other two jumps, warts and all. The jump is done without verbal commands, as over the years and having had a couple deaf dogs, I find the body movement is more often how your dog understands what you want them to do. Just got to be careful when I'm talking to anyone that I don't say, "It was that big" and thus gesture the size with my hands, I might find Henry unsuspectedly launching himself at me.
Dogs are bright though, because he seems to know that a certain size person is needed to do this. I found my five year old with him, sat on her command and she was trying to get him to jump into her arms, copying my hand signalling for this, but he just sat looking at her as to say, " You are to small." I did explain to her that she was to small at the moment to catch Henry and that is why Henry did not jump, because he did not want to hurt her. He will do it with my husband, our oldest son, who's tallest of us all now at fourteen years old, but he won't do it for our son who's a little shorter than me and sits looking at him to say, "Grow a few more inches and maybe I will give it a go."
It's a Bank Holiday here tomorrow in the UK and I had an email today from Sarah who has Jake aka Little Brian, who was the last pup to leave us from Smudge's litter born in February this year, they are down here on hoiliday and asked if possible they could pop in tomorrow to visit, so tomorrow Jake and family will visit us around midday. Really looking forward to seeing Jake, he was such a lovely laid back chap, it will be great to see him again and it will be interesting, as he left us on the 27th May nearly three months ago, whether he will remember his birth place. They reckon around a couple months they store smell recgonition of each other, so it will be interesting to see if we have gone over the smell memory recognition time. I will try to remember to get some photos of the visit.
Thankfully at this time the pack is back as one today, with Ysobel and Belle back in the pack after being kennelled while on heat. Just keeping an eye on Primrose and Treacle, as they could be on heat any time now. I have been on milking duty all weekend and husband has taken the Bank Holiday Monday off, so we wake up tomorrow morning together, confused and for a minute thinking one of us have missed the alarm. Lol. Wine glass already been put in hand by husband, time to kick my feet up, the weekend starts here for me.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me with Bumble and Blottie, waiting patiently to be unleashed, November 2018
Hello, I am Jane, you might of guessed, I love dogs. We are situated in the North Devon countryside, England, United Kingdom. Our home is occupied by my husband, David, our children, pack of dogs and me.