Thursday, March 19, 2009

Lots of Things

First, Rascal's breeder has a litter of puppies out of Rascal's Dad. So of course they'll be great pups. Visit his website here. So get a puppy before they are all gone.

Second, I just realized how much Rascal looks like his Dad.

This is Rascal's Dad (OBryants Red Rebel Drifter).

This is Rascal. Isn't he pretty?

Third, I saw this video on k9Performance and thought it was really cool. Wish I could train Rascal like that.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Volunteering and My First Show-n-Go

Boy, it has been hectic the past three weeks, but here is what I've been doing lately. Sunday, February 15th, was a wonderful day for me. I went over to a professional dog trainer's house in my hometown to volunteer. I was going to work with a group of people . So, I went over there at 11AM and people were just starting to get there. Ms. Barbara gave me a training bag and a Labrador Retriever named Sunny.

We worked on attention, Rally, push-ups, figure eights, sits and downs, stays, and heeling. Sunny was just as inexperienced as I was, but we pulled through and finished the class not in last place.

There was a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Australian Shepherd, Dachshund, another Labrador Retriever, and I think a Chow Chow.

I had a lot of fun working with Sunny and I can't wait till the next class.

My first Show-n-Go was so much fun. There were about ten or twelve Doberman Pinschers, a Labrador Retriever, a Rottweiler, Welsh Corgis, two poodles, two Old English Sheepdogs, and a mix breed. I got there and worked with Sunny some more and stood as a post for obedience. There was a girl named Marlee who also volunteers with Ms. Barbara and another girl named Rebecca who was there to see if this was something she wanted to get her dog into. I had a lot of fun and I can't wait for the next one.

I will be working on Rascal in the class sometime, but right now I'm really busy with the goats. Rascal and I have been working on sit, attention, and heeling. I think he's getting the idea.

About two weeks ago Rascal got on to the road. I screamed to him to come back. He gave me a look like "why should I listen to you". He walked right onto the road right when a car was coming, luckily "slowly". I called him to come and he came trotting over to me with a look like " okay so that's why I shouldn't go over there; yeah, Momma knows best, I see that now". My Dad was out there at the time it happened and he said that I should spank him. I had to explain that you can't do that after they've come when called, that would be punishing them for coming when called instead of the thing that you really wanted to punish them for, but it all worked out for the better. Rascal has started to listen to me more about not going to the road.