Monday, June 29, 2015

Peanut in Print

Every year we try to make it to a local event that brings in 50,000 to 100,000 people every year.  How many dogs can handle walking around 50,000+ people?  Not Many.  Just like past years Peanut is bomb proof in these large crowds and LOVES all the kids that come up to her to say hello.  Such a well mannered dog and it really shows at events like this.

Today I came home to find some paper tucked in my door handle.  I figured it was another solicitation since I already had 2 this week but once I grabbed it I  realized it was the newspaper.  Peanut made it in the local newspaper!!!

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It says "Community Emergency Response Team Member Peanut is ready to help any in need."

YAY!  First time in the newspaper!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Peanut Out Working

It's been an eventful month so far.  Getting out there and practicing we've come a long way but have a long ways to go.  Peanut is doing well (her handler needs some work though).  One of our teammates took time to catch a few photos of Peanut doing her job so I wanted to share a few photos with you.

The start:  
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It's a science in a way.

Off we go!
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Picked up the scent!

Across the field:
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Where are you?

Not all fun and games:
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Yes that is dirt, yes she took me through it, yes it was a Dustnado and not fun.


She did well for as hot as it was and the humidity was horrible.  More practicing and more fun!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Another Day at the Nut House

I get a random laugh when people ask me "Why do you call it "The Nut House"?".  When Peanut came to live with me, my house was pure chaos and I felt like I was living in an asylum.  I never knew what I would turn around to find.  The dogs would start working together to get into things.  Never in my life would I thought two dogs could do so much and so many things that had me scratching my head.  I mean really, how could a dog climb up on top of my refrigerator????

Today things are much more sane, as it only took 4 years to calm down.

A few days ago I got my camera out and took a couple of photos of the dogs in the back yard.  Nubs is 8 years old now and starting to show signs of age catching up to him.  He has the start of cataracts so he's not seeing as well as he once did and I've noticed signs of him not having as much control over his rear legs as he use to.  It's very sad watching a beloved dog get older.  He may be older but he's still a trouble maker, and as long as he's happy that is all that matters.

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And to put it all together:
Nubs over the years

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Trying Something New

Because it's so hard for me to sit down at a computer (or sit down at all) to update this blog, I'm trying a new App from my phone. This should allow me to give more updates when I'm not at home and in between the hurry up and wait parts off my day.

So Pit Bulls aren't natural retrievers and they don't seem to naturally understand the concept of holding things with their mouths unless it's to eat it, chew on it, or carry it to a specific place to either eat or chew it. This presents issues when trying to teach them to do simple things like pick up a toy.

I've been working hard with Peanut the past few months on getting her to take objects, hold them, and move with them while still holding them. Its been a long road but she's starting to get it!


Now I can hear some trainers yelling about mixing up commands as it could be confusing, and you are right. I was trying to figure out what word she was attaching the trick to. Looks like the word "basket" is the one she chose to remember. So don't get mad at me, it's a learning experience and thankfully she's a very forgiving dog.

I am very proud of how far she's come and while it's not easy, she's doing better then I could ask. It's amazing how far she's come since she was a scared puppy in my house and I wouldn't trade her for anything.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Problems

Longtime no post, I know I know.  Being on a Search and Rescue Team means I can't talk about a lot that goes on or a lot about our training for legal reasons.  Not being able to talk or post about our training means that there's not much to post about. 

This month we did some water training, which for trailing dogs we can't do much with it.  We did however get to ride in a boat for the first time (Peanut's first time not mine) and boy did she have fun!  She wouldn't get out of the boat after and then tried to get into ever boat she saw.  

Peanut tried her hardest to drag me into the water.  For 50lbs shes STRONG!
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And then Peanut and her buddy Bruno
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