there are 2 letters on my desk for everyone to read... janine analyzing our operation and suggesting new ideas and cures for old ones... the other is a letter of thanks from ankle annie-- thanking us !!!! immagine that---- annie thanking us --- when she comes in and quietly solves one problem after another..... no fuss... done...
the latest being the pepto bismol caper... she was on overnight and i had eaten some combination of chinese food and seafood chowder that was not setting too well --- so i wandered intot he kitchen looking for the pink pepto pills that are usually there-- all there was was the liquid which we gve to the dogs on occasion... being the only thing.. i had to use thiers-- annie quite rightly said some should be in the first aid kits--- those 2 pills per packet kind of thing-- long ago we did have a "lil drugstore" uint in the rest room in the laundry-- but as the motrin went-- then the alkaseltzer left -- i could not find the refills and we had none... but annie has found them and is rejuvenating the pill department with those 2 pills per packet..
next project is to try and teach riot what certain noises mean if she can indeed hear them-- i am going to fool with the dropping of treats into a metal dish--- which is the noise that teaches them to use the yuppy puppy---- minus that noise, it will be difficult to teach that-- and it is impossible to teach anything with the 2 of them together... so that is another lesson to do.
you will note both these trainng lessons are in the comfort of the office area-- by the fireplace-- because it is equally impossible to teach anything if i am cold... period !--
so i will be turning the camera to the riot lessons at about 9:00 after 8:30 feeding on puppy hill... p[er janine's suggestions-- that we include more training-- it won't be easy because so much of my tining is on the inpulse-- 30 second lessons here and there.. but i will try and get more comera oriented...
mind you, i think dogs learn in 5 second intervals--- do somethign and let them think about it. riot has sitting down pat... i think...
if you have all watched the required movie miracle worker about helen keller and her suddenly realizing the hand movements of her teacher meant "water" i am using that "sit" wit riot purely for that reason...to start her thinking "she is trying to communicate with me" a lesson bailey knows very well-- because when you come right down to show ring obedience-- bailey knows nothing-- except she will fry and figure out what she has to do to get "paid".
speaking of that i was delighted that some cp noticed we were out of bailey's favorite treat for bringing the basket of mail for mail call.
3 days ago she set the basket at my feet, took one look at the treat i had- we were out of her favorite-- she picked up the basket and went off with it put her foot in the basket spilling the letters- it was pretty funny.. but she was talking to us.. she wanted her usuall pay check.... and thank heavens some cp noticed and sent us a case for her.
i could put a collar and leash on her and go thru alot of the show obedience routine which she would do--- maybe a little slower than some snappy jack russel-- but she would be going on current information-- not hours of practice walking in circles...
i took one of my dogs-- pipi--- to a neighborhood dog training club once on agility mainly because they had all the equipment-- and we did fine-- til she came in heat-- and i couldn't take her-- so i substituted "purple" ( yes.. a merle..) who continued with the exercises about as well as pipi who had gone for weeks... little hesitation on the balance see saw - other than that -- good.
a good base in generic training is critical-- like the "water" in the movie -- you open the door-- and the rest is easy.
well... sometimes easy
i am glad we have bailey's favorite freats again... she is not a trick dog under some command-- she will work and demands a paycheck.