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!




And then Peanut and her buddy Bruno