Tuesday, December 25, 2012

MERRY CHRISTMAS - DECEMBER 25, 2012

fleeting thru my head are topics being chased by the  "you can't put that in an email
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there is a scotish poem about that ... fortunately i can't remember it all 
 
 but the concept is---- change happens... 
 
i started in a story- then i stopped it in the middle
for the story that i started was not, you see,
the kind that you could tell at a church party
 
i forgot the middle part..  but it goes on....
 
and many years had passed when fortune gave me such a shock
when  the ministers youngest daughter at her fathers jubilee
told the story that i started at the church party.
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the british have a much more amusing way with words than americans..
 
highly recommended are the stanley halloway monologues 
if you can deal with the accent-- the cd-- otherwise get the book
 
i do know the full albert and the lion-- but i will spare you-
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we --- earlene and i -- are anxiously awaiting the arrival of ginger from atlanta-- a camera person who's  christmas present from her husband in Afghanistan was to come here and pick poops for a week  and stay in the guest house......
 
she has to be one of the chosen -- 
 
when i got up -- willow was in the chair and earlene on the floor.-- whatever-- they are quiet...... at  the moment
 
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the point to ponder today--  in my opinion....
 
the yuppy puppy training--- for th 47th time i explained to someone,,, i have never been able to train a dog using my muscles.. historically--- i tried to teach a dog to roll over by rolling hm over--  3 days later  the dog had learned nothing- but i realized  they don't learn that way..
 
and that sure pertains  to the yuppy puppies--- the  instinct to pick up the foot and put it on the lever is great-- but the minute you extend the leg the dog begins to pull back- and all the concentration is on getting their foot away from you and they never learn to push the lever.  
 
and then ( this is the exciting part...)  that concept pertains to 99% of the training we do...  you might have to use a muscle to start  th etraiing.... cause something to happen then instantly release the dog  to let them think about it.
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this is my  tight leash lesson-  pull them sharply into place next to you then totally relax the leash- let them think-- if they pull - do it again- before too many the dog will stand next to you.  at that point you are well on your way to a trained dog-- do the same thing while walking...
  walk next to me on  a loose leash or you will get put back in place with that thing around your neck-( which preferably should be a  plain chain ' training collar)- 
 
that is nearly the same concept as using my muscles to get the paw on the yuppy puppy lever-- it is the stop and let them think  which trains them
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i took on a bet at a Sunday stew--- an absolutely impossible pit bull  - the owners couldn't even get him out of the car...  they had been told the harness would help them control the dog..  mistake-- those things teach the dogs to pull.. any rate.. i put on one of our training collars and
  politely said to the dog"let me explain  it to you"
--a couple "oh no you don't"
 and he stood at my feet with a " that is not what usually happens" look on his face.
we walked off to the t-tent with him on a loose leash-- i told him  to lie down at my feet- and he did- perfect behavior
then i had to try and train th eowner...  that did n't go as well...
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pups think it is time to gt out and play with the boxes  from yesterdays ups delivery..  kongs--- canned food treat food- cookies--coffee--cardboard-- checks--   and  shampoo -- thanks to one and all-
 
and the calendars are nearly sold out  (1000 of them)  and the jan food and oil bill   chicken sh#t wall are nearly all gone too...
 
tis the season...

3 comments:

  1. You are an absolute treasure....Merry Christmas.

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  2. I love Albert and the Lion. My Mum used to recite it to me.

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