Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
- Sit/Stay or Down/Stay - I need to firm up the stay part of it. I also have to practice doing it from the outside of the baby gate. The boys do it on carpet, but when it's different they don't respond as well or at all. Put a carpet tile inside the kitchen so it's not cold or slippery.
- Desensitize them from the hat. Hubs put on a new hat yesterday and Basil just freaked out. I'm not sure who started it but they got into a fight over the excitement. Basil was on top of Guinness' back and was pulling on his ear until he yelped. Basil was punished for a minute by putting him the bathroom. Desensitize them individually: Put treats around it. Bend it, fold it, move it around and more TREATS. Put the hat on and remove it immediately: quick off on off on and more treats.
- Again with the crazy barking when guests arrive - keep one dog behind the kitchen, keep the better listening dog outside. Keep feeding treat after treat when the company arrive. Tell him to sit/stay! He must have a job to do. Ask company to go along with the training by ignoring them as well. If he breaks the stay, make him come back and do it again.
- Ideally of course I want to be able to answer the door and have the boyz sitting in their position and not moving an inch without my say so and NOT have to stand there feeding treats to them hoping he won't go crazy. One thing I was doing wrong was I was going from step 0 to step 5. I expected them to stay when I went outside and back in. Instead, I have start small with one step at a time. Work with one of them at a time since one seems to distract the other into breaking the stay.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Who says old dogs can't learn new tricks.
"FBRN is tickled pink that Captain Mac has sailed off into the sunset with his long-awaited soul mate. When Captain Mac's new mom came to pick him up, his happiness was written all over his face! After years of not having someone special to call his own, Captain Mac has been adopted by a new mom who is as in love with him as he is with her. We've already gotten updates that everything is going perfectly and that Captain Mac has brought so much joy to his new mom's life. She knew it was meant to be!"
"Mac has a bite history.
Like many sailors, Captain Mac’s history is a bit spotty. What we do know is that he was surrendered to FBRN after a neighbor tried to offer him a home and got a bite for the trouble. Mac has been adopted before, and he didn’t so much take a liking to the man of the house. This also resulted in a bite incident, and the Captain was returned to FBRN to once again tame his ways and look for calmer waters. Mac is now ready to sail into the sunset with his perfect forever home, and we think he’s ready. Although he did seem to have issues with some men, he did amazingly well with his first foster dad who is a patient and wonderful guy. We think the Cap’n would do great in a home with a similar male figure.
Mac had some health issues when he came to FBRN and has had a hernia repair, some teeth removed and a couple of recurring eye infections. He is now in tip-top shape and has no real health issues to speak of. Mac does have a paralyzed larynx that can cause him to breathe rather loudly, but it doesn’t seem to have any effect on him otherwise.
He’s still ready to roam the high seas—in short bursts of course—and take a nap in the sun. After many months of toilet training, Mac has gotten the hang of things and rarely has an accident. All that time at sea can make a fellow forget how to behave in polite company, but his foster homes have gotten him back on the right track and ready to live with refined land lubbers. He is also crate-trained, and although he doesn’t have formal obedience training, Captain Mac will come when called.
Mac is an insecure little man prone to anxiety, but with the right guidance he has learned to relax more and have confidence. He’ll need a home that will continue to work on his confidence and help him through his anxious moments.
Although Mac does better as an only dog, he does seem fairly comfortable around larger breeds. He is able to coexist peacefully with the Boxers in his current foster home. Mac can be prone to separation anxiety so he'll need a firm but kind human in his life to help keep him on track with some basic ground rules.
A funny and affectionate little man, Mac loves to cuddle up and give lots of kisses. He's a great snuggle buddy and a wonderful companion and would suit a retired person or someone who works at home. He only needs moderate exercise and loves to keep you company in the yard when the weather is nice for gardening or just relaxing.
Mac would not do well in the city or in a busy household and will be looking for a quiet residence with no children to call his forever home. All that hustle and bustle can make his anxiety worse, and he really is ready to leave adventure behind him in favor of a peaceful retirement with lots of Nylabones to chew. A fenced yard is preferred but not necessary.
Mac’s foster mom would prefer that there be meetings prior to adoption and that adopters be within reasonable driving distance so that post-adoption support will be readily available if needed. Here’s what she has to say about this lovable lug: “Mac has a super sweet loving personality which needs to be seen to be appreciated. He does need someone who can set basic rules for him, otherwise his anxieties will return.”
Captain Mac is a gem. If you think you’re the right person to treasure him forever, put in an application now. Mac is being fostered in Connecticut and will not be shipped."
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Maw and us
Paw and us
Yay! Off we go!
This hispawric town is so strange. So many people walking around weely fast and saying Ohhhh so cutttee.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
First, each dog must know the command very well. In this case, it's "down". Now that they know the command. I just say "Boys down" and immediately they both went down, say "yes!" then give them a treat.
I did this several times and when I felt like they both understood they both had to go down in order to get the treat I rewarded them with a new toy to play with.
This is a double headed snake toy from Ellie Mae's mom. It's been a great toy because each dog can get one end of the toy. Basil who hogs toys can't hog both ends of this toy even though he'll try. Guinness gets an opportunity to play with one end while Basil hogs the other end and at least they are playing together and Basil can get used to the idea.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
I do “down” with the boys when I get home from work, but before I feed them dinner. They seem to be more attentive when we train before dinner.
Because Guinness seems to already know “down” without a food lure or hand gesture, I’m concentrating on Basil first. We just taught Basil down last week using a food lure. When Renee was here, he didn’t know “down” without the food lure.
I put Guinness behind the baby gate and worked with Basil first.
Say “down”. Hesitate 2 seconds. Then hand gesture (food or no food lure) your fingers to the floor (don’t say “down). As soon as his belly touches the floor, say “yes!” and reward with food from the other hand.
Then throw a treat for him to get so he pops back up and walks back over. I did this with Basil maybe 12-15 times using no food lure (because we did that last week and he should know by now). I did it both sitting and standing but mostly standing since that would be ideal. Then finally, he did it without a hand gesture! When he did that, he got a jackpot of treats!
I repeated the same with Guinness except I would tell him “down” as he was walking back to me in order to get him to do down from a stand instead of a sit. Guinness is a little ahead of Basil, so he goes down immediately. He rolled over a couple of times thinking we were doing “bang”, but I just turned my back and ignored him. After 2-3 times of that, he caught himself and rolled back over and did a firm down stay. Then I took it a step further and we did down on the cold floor. Guinn would go down but pop right back up.
By day 2, Basil had it all down without hand gesture or food lure.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
A lady friend makes these and all proceeds go to FBRN.
Basil (green), Guinness (red), Ellie mae (purple)
Guinness decided to do a little shopping.
Guinness decided to help himself to some treats. Caughtcha!
Ellie was tuckered out already.
Argh I wrestle you to the ground!
Don't you wish you had a cool hat?