Friday, December 9, 2011

Nov 27, 2011


GIGI IS ASLEEP ---- KATIE IS NOT

POOR KATIE

THE WAITING IS CALLED ANALYZING EVERY PHART


SHE HAD ONE GOOD BLANKET RIP AND WENT BACK TO SLEEP


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REPORT FROM JADES MOM


You wouldn't have known that they had only been together for 3 days, Pistol was perfectly behaved through security and while waiting at the gate.
becky

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AND.... SOMEONE EMAILED ME ABOUT TRYING TO HITCH 2 DOGS TO A CART AND NEEDED INPUT-- SO I WROTE OUT SOME OF MY TRAINING PROCEEDURES

IT TOOK SO LONG I MAY AS WELL CUT AND PASTE IT HERE as the dd


WHO KNOWS---MAYBE ONE OF YOU ALL ARE TRYING TO HARNESS A DOG ALSO


EVERYBODY ELSE---- HIT THAT DELETE BUTTON

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BRIEFLY-- THESE ARE A FEW--- BUT NOT ALL-- THE THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN TRYING TO DRIVE DOGS..
START NOW BY DRAGING - ON THE END OF A 6' LEASH....AN EMPTY MILK JUG WITH A FEW STONES IN IT WHILE WALKING YOUR DOG-- AND WORK THE JUG CLOSER EACH TIME TIL IT OCCASIONALLY TOUCHES THEIR HIND LEGS
DOGS HAVE THE PANIC AND RUN THAT HORSES HAVE--- BUT
DOGS CAN BE TAUGHT NOT TO WORRY ABOUT SOMETHING THEY ARE DRAGGING--
- DONKEYS CAN ADAPT VERY FAST TO THE CONCEPT- AND PREFER TO SEE WHAT THEY ARE DRAGGING- I USED NO BLINDERS ON MY 8 HITCH OF DONKEYS
HORSES CAN NEVER BE TRUSTED WITHOUT BLINDERS AS IN NEVER,
ALONG HERE YOU WANT TO TEACH A RELIABLE WHOA-- I OFTEN DO THAT WHEN THE MILK JUG HITS THEIR HIND LEGS.. PLAN AHEAD--- IF THE CART SHOULD EVER HIT THEM IN THE REAR-- YOU WANT THEM TO STOP.. NOT RUN.. SO A GOOD WHOA IS CRITICAL.
AND WHOA MEANS STOP--- NOT WANDER SLOWER TO A WALK/STOP
WHEN YOU HAVE THAT OUT OF THE WAY... I THEN" HARNESS" THEM IN PAIRS-- AND I USE A HORSE HALTER AS A HARNESS-- WORKS PERFECTLY.
BUY THE KIND WITH THE ADJUSTABLE CHIN STRAP - THIS WILL ENABLE YOU TO LOOSEN IT SO THEY PULL WITH THEIR SHOULDERS--
IF YOU PLAN TO GO 1000 MILES--- MAYBE YOU SHOULD FIND A DIFFERENT SOLUTION--- HOWEVER I DOUBLE ENDED SNAP THEM TOGETHER AT THE GIRTH AND COLLAR -- WALK THEM OFF - PROBABLY WITH ANOTHER PERSON BECASUE A PANIC TWIST IS HARD TO UNDO--- AND MINE HAVE ADAPTED WITHIN MINUTES.- MINE USUALLY HAVE TROTTED OFF IN UNISON VERY QUICKLY
THE EXERCISE I USE IS TO HAVE THEM MAKE A LOOSE FIGURE 8 ABOUT 30' CIRCLES= WHICH I DO BY CALLING THE NAME OF THE INSIDE DOG-- AND AS THEY TURN A FEW TIMES, STEP BEHIND THEM AS THEY TROT SO THAT THE OTHER DOG IS THE "INSIDE" DOG
WITHOUT TOO MUCH EFFORT YOU CAN GET THEM TO TURN TOWARD THE NAME YOU CALL--- THAT IS AS FAR AS I WENT WITH ACTUALLY STEERING THEM--
A COUPLE KIDS AS "SIDEWALKERS" IS NICE FOR THE FIRST FEW TIMES--- AND IN OTHER CRITICAL SITUATIONS ( LIKE PARADES)
EVEN THE BUDWEISER CLYDESDALES HAVE SIDEWALKERS--.
COUPLE OTHER WORDS OF ADVICE---
YOU HAVE TO HAVE SOME KIND OF BRAKE-- A LEVER HINDGED TO PRESS ON THE FRONT WHEEL--- SOMETHING--- DOGS DO NOT HAVE THE BULK
OR THE HARNESS BREECHING TO SLOW UP AND STOP A WAGON.. AND YOU CAN HIT A DOG IN THE REAR JUST SO MANY TIMES BEFORE THEY EITHER RUN OFF OR WON'T MOVE AT ALL .
DURING YOUR INITIAL STAGE WHEN NO ONE IS RIDING IN THE CART- GET "SOME KID" TO WALK BEHIND WITH A ROPE AND PULL BACK KEEPING THE CART FROM RUNNING INTO TH E DOG.
AND... AS FOR A 2 WHEELED JOG CART--- THERE IS A VERY NICE ONE MADE WITH A THIRD WHEEL TO KEEP THE PRESSURE OFF THE DOG'S IF YOU LEAN FORWARD.. I FOUND MINE. SOMEWHERE IN ???? OREGON??WASHINGTON??
I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU OR THE DOG WEIGHS --- BUT I KNOW YOU MUST TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION --- IN A 2 WHEEL CART- THAT IF YOU LEAN BACK YOU CAN TIP OVER BACKWARDS--- SO SOMEHOW YOU NEED A "CART STRAP"
WHICH IN MY CASE HAS OFTEN BEEN A PIECE OF BALING STRING----
WITH ONE DOG IT GOES FROM THE SHAFT-- UNDER THE DOG'S GIRTH- AND TIED TO THE OTHER SHAFT.. WITH 2 DOGS IT IS A LITTEL MORE CREATIVE--- BUT YOU SHOULD FIGURE OUT SOMETHING.
DO NOT DECIDE YOU WILL NOT LEAN BACKWARDS--- BECAUSE YOU WILL-WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT.. MURPHY'S LAW.
I SAW A WOMAN DRIVING A MINI HORSE-- TIP OVER BACKWARDS-
SHE HAD A CART STRAP ON --- BUT SHE WAS LARGE-- AND THE LAWS OF PHYSICS SUCH THAT SHE PICKED UP THE MINI HORSE..
ARE THESE DANES YOU ARE HITCHING? ALSO WHERE ARE YOU FROM...
THEY DO WORK AND ARE SPECTACULAR-- BUT DON'T PLAN A 2 MILE PARADE THE 4TH OF JULY ---
THEIR STAMINA ON HOT PAVEMENT IS ZERO
FOR PARADES WE PULL A QUEEN SIZE BED ON A WAGON BEHIND A CAR- WITH A BUNCH OF DANES ( AND ME) ON THE BED.
MUCH EASIER !!!
IF I CAN FIND A FEW PHOTO'S I WILL SEND THEM
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