Saturday, March 28, 2009

Over the Hills and Far Away



A story of one family using horses to help their child with Autism.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Schnauzer Slam!

Last weekend a group of us took our Giant Schnauzers for a run... we call these outings "Slams!" It's always nice to catch-up with old friends and meet new people. If you are in Ontario and want to join us you are welcome, Slams are organized in the yahoo group Giant Schnauzers in Ontario.



Schnauzers vs Goldens. Smokey the MS was our honorary GS for the day.


Connor loves the water, I wonder if he's a swimmer like my two are?


This isn't a deep pond, if the ice had broken Connor would have only been in a few inches of water.


Quattro blowing bubbles. It's amazing how the dogs don't feel the cold.








Sunday, March 08, 2009

Scent Marking in Dogs



Patricia McConnell has a couple of interesting blog posts on Scent Marking that I thought others might like to read:

Scent Marking in Dogs

More on Scent Marking in Dogs – Lisberg Study 2

Saturday, March 07, 2009

The fifth season

Most people recognize four seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter.

Dog people recognize a fifth.
Mud season.



Here to demonstrate is Enzo, with a fresh snowfall over a less-than-frozen ground as his backdrop. Connor is just as dirty but the mud is camouflaged in his dark coat.



Ewww.

In contrast, here is a clean Enzo playing with Bullet.



Much nicer. Now that is a dog I can take out in public!

Thursday, March 05, 2009

It almost feels like spring...

So Kevin and I took the Schnauzers out to play.

Glory may be small, but she's mighty! Here she is bowling Connor over... She's the boss and she lets him know it.


After that it's all fun and games.


Bullet is all about his toy, and Glory is all about getting it from him. She's never successful.


MINE!


Resting on the hill. Connor (on the left) held the position for a second then he was back up and moving.


Kevin, Connor and Glory.

Monday, March 02, 2009

The danger of collars

It's been a while since I've had dogs who play roughly by grabbing each others necks. If you have dogs who play in this style it's wise to remove collars for the safety of both dogs.

Here we have Connor's bottom jaw caught in Enzo's collar, it was a good thing I was right there to free him.

The timing of the reward is crucial.

This applies to humans as well as canines.

I ordered two videos from Say Yes Dog Training on a Wednesday. They were in my hands by the Friday.

That is service that will be remembered, resulting in a repeat customer and referrals.