Tag: training

The Air Raid Sirens Cut Through The Scaffold…

There is a field we take the dogs to so they can have a run about without the distraction of other dogs (usually), and Mazikeen can get all that pent up energy out by constantly running the whole time.  But the Hades had me in his sight.  We had done one circuit of the fields with several to go along with ball playing, but then the ambush!

A woman that goes there around lunchtime appeared through the bushes waving like we are long lost friends, and just to confirm, this was 9am.  Thankfully she was far enough away not to see my eyes rolling.  There was nowhere to run, and small talk joined this ever-increasing throng.

Her mutt was off his lead.  Mazikeen was off hers until I saw her, and being a responsible dog owner, put her on hers.  I hate when dogs come bounding over to my dogs with the immortal words from the inconsiderate owner “he only wants to play” or “it’s okay he is friendly”.  Quite frankly, I could not give a rats arse if he had a Nobel Peace Prize, keep your dogs away until I decide that I want my dogs to play with your rabid animal.  My dogs look to me for protection and that is what I will always do and stand between the oncoming hound and them.  Harper dropped her football and walked behind me as he bounded over.  He went to take her ball, to which my raised voice “No!” stopped him in his tracks.  He then decided to take a leap at Mazikeen, but she is super fast, and leapt backwards, again behind me and gave him a sharp bark, her version of “No!” My dogs know that safety is behind me, they have been trained well.  Unlike this woman’s dog, which she freely admits bites her to get his own way, and has bitten her husband many times too.  The dog is not bad, it just has little or no training and does not know what boundaries are.  She had asked my advice one time as my dogs sat next to me waiting for a release command.  I explained that she needs to be the Alpha in the pack reward training needs to be done, but she came out with an excuse of “but he won’t listen to me”.  At this point I gave up, why impart wisdom to the deaf?

Now, this bloody woman admitted that her dog does not get on with other dogs “when he is on his lead”, which means he does not like other dogs, full stop.  Last time her dog made a snarling face at Harper.  Now, Harper can hold her own, she is 22kg of solid muscle, but, with it, she is also a softy.  I moved her back away from him, as I could just imagine the problems if her dog did snap at one of mine due to its untrained temperament, my actions would be quick and harsh to it, nevermind Harper defending herself too.

I decided enough was enough, and after giving her my death stare started to move away with one eye on her teeth bearing dog.  Her parting words were, “I’ll let you go as you seem to have your hand full”.  I was close to saying, “yes, I have, keeping my dogs safe from your rabid mutt that should be on a lead and muzzled”, but decided to hold my tongue, knowing that this was her replacement for her son who had died about two years ago.  I can be cruel, heartless and downright callous, but I thought better of it, this time at least.

Training End…

Tonight I would usually take Mazikeen out to training classes, I decided I did not want to go, although guilt slipped in for a moment.  Lately, in the class, I think Mazikeen is bored too as the last few weeks she has starts playing up and ignores instructions.  She is great during the day and I feel the evening class is too late for her finishing at 9:30 pm, her attention is zapped and so is mine after a day of number crunching.  M and I talked about the training as Mazikeen is not learning anything extra at the moment, we just seem to repeat the same things over and over each week.  Some of the other dogs don’t catch on and struggle, but Mazikeen is hyper-intelligent and usually only a few repeats of something and she has it.

She is 10 months now and definitely is Daddies little girl.  Oh, I am Daddy and M is Dad.  She follows me about and likes to sit in my lap, so thank the lord she is small, as when Harper decides she wants to do the same I am crushed under 22kg of fidgety dog.  If I have a treat in my hand I can get her to do anything I want, even today whilst out in the forest off lead she never strayed too far, and when I called her, knowing I may have treats she came back.  This does not work for Harper who has her own agenda whilst out, so never gets off the lead unless we are in one of the small fields by the house.

We finally came to the conclusion that the training classes were not working for us and any training we do will be done from home the way we have successfully trained all our other dogs.  This was never going to be a permanent thing, and I did like the idea of doing agility, but Mazikeen has a busy and fulfilling life without adding competitions and constant training to her schedule.  For an English Springer, she is only small, and I think all the work will take its toll on her.  Even though she was first born she was the smallest of the litter and all her brothers and sisters are massive in comparison, so I have to take that into consideration.  The vet told us the other month that her ovaries are not fully developed and that will be down to her being small, hence not having her first season yet.

I think we have made the right decision for her and any training will be a lot more fun now rather than sitting about waiting for her turn in class.

Puppy Party…

1637A03E-21FA-4966-B615-CE98CEAEE60CSaturday Mazikeen went to a puppy party.  The party only had 6 puppies at it, as the organiser keeps it to that level so it is not too overwhelming for all the dogs there.  Mazikeen had a great time, and again gained lots more confidence in doing things and with the other dogs there.  It seems a little odd that she is so shy with other dogs, yet at home, she is a beast and chases Harper all over the house, and play fights all the time.  Outside though she seems a little anxious about other dogs, but slowly she is gaining her confidence.  The lady who runs the classes and the party noted that she was skittish, and is working with me at getting that sorted out.

However, the party was a great learning place for her.  There was a balancing board that she was avoiding like the plague, however, after about 10 minutes of using treats she was happy to get on it and balance on it for treats.  We then went on to the tunnel, only a small one but it was something she was wary about at the start.  There were other things there that she played in like a small ball pool and a pile of cardboard boxes once she discovered treats were hidden in them.

She played with another dog who was a spaniel type, but his coat was sand coloured and quite rough, so not totally sure.  He was terrified of everything that moved and things that did not move too.  At the end of the party, they all got doggy bags of treats, and Mazikeen left with more confidence that when she walked in.

Alas, we did not make it to the Puppy Training Class yesterday as I was suffering from a migraine, I still have a bit of one today, but it is a dull ache now.  It is a shame that we could not go, but I really could not cope with all the barking from some of the other dogs that never seem to stop from the moment they arrive until the moment they leave.

I thought I would share two videos of her having fun.

 

 

Puppy Class…

Tonight I took Mazikeen to her first puppy class, and it was really good.  A few dogs that were far too vocal and uncontrollable, but I guess that is to be expected.  However, Maz, being a Gun Dog was silent and watched on with what I can only describe as mild amusement.

We went through the usual of getting them to sit on command which she has been doing from the age of 9 weeks, then stay and retrieve, again she has been doing since she was 9 weeks old.  We got her when she was 8 weeks, and these were the first things I taught her.  She is a gun dog, so is very intelligent and wants to learn and please her humans.  Tonight was no exception.  We had to bring beds for them to sit in when they were not working, she loves her bed and sat quite contented in it, and was the only one who did, but she is an odd dog as she prefers her bed to our bed, which is not the case with Harper.

The breeder we got her from said that he often took his trained dogs to the park and did a bit of showing off, and I know why, and I did the same too at the training class.  I let her lead/leash go and threw treats across the floor, she fetched and returned to be every time, and of course, was rewarded for this.  No one else let their dog go, which is fair enough, but I had confidence that she would do exactly what was needed.

I am looking forward to next weeks training session and developing this week’s lesson and taking it further, ready for next week.  Maz is still a little timid around other unknown dogs, even the little ones, but did make friends with a German Shepherd called Buddy, who is over twice her size, but a big softy.  One thing that surprised me was that she approached Buddy, so good for her.   As a reward and a socialisation lesson, I have just booked her on the next Puppy Club Party which is in a few weeks time, so she can go play with other dogs, have lots of social interaction and leave with a goody bag of treats and lovely stuff.

Being a Springer she is not food obsessed, so is not the biggest eater, and her food sitting in her bowl is not exciting to her, so we ended up throwing it around the kitchen so she could search for the kibble and eat it that way, however, as she is getting bigger I changed her feeding bowl to a lovely ceramic spaniel bowl, sloped on all the sides so her ears are not dipping into the food, and she has taken quite a liking to it and has started eating more.  Tonight, she had all her dinner, then an hour later was sat at her bowl, obviously waiting for more food.  I duly put more in, and she ate it, so I gave her a lot more and she finished it all off in record time.  Whether it was the new bowl or she has developed an appetite from the fun at class tonight, who knows, as long as she is eating I will go with it.

Training Classes…

I suggested to M that I wanted to take Mazikeen to Puppy Training classes, not that I cannot train her without them, I have trained many dogs throughout my life and had dogs all of my life, so have no problem there.  However, I wanted to train her as befitting to her breed, and that of a gundog.  However, one of the places I found that would entertain my request was very militarian, which is not my style.  A dog should be able to have fun and not be treated as a machine.

Tonight I found a place not far away that does all kinds of classes including agility.  The dogs get certificates and rosettes for completing their courses, and always leave each session with a doggy treat bag.  The courses sound fun, so I have booked Mazikeen and me on the next course starting 29th, so two weeks Monday.  Looking forward to it, and I know she will have a great time.  There will be other dogs there so she can socialise with them.  She shies away from other dogs, which is odd as she comes from a large litter, the breeder had other breeds of dogs there too as well as the parents of Mazikeen.  She is far from shy in the house with Harper and has always been fine, but the other week we took her to the beach fields and she met another Springer and managed to slip her harness, and a few days after she met what we think was her brother, and shied away again.  We think the dog was her brother as he was the same age to the day, and I doubt there would have been another breeder local that had puppies born on the same day, it is feasible, but I somehow I think my instinct that they were related is on the mark.

Roll on 29th.

From the keyboard of Tony

Personal views from a Yorkshire village...

The Snowless Knitter

Adventures in life and knitting in a warm weather climate

Cosmicknitter

A little about knitting and a lot about nothing...

Backstage Knits

Random knitting thoughts from a theater lover. Hartford, CT

Endless Roaming

Australian Traveller that loves to "Roam" our globe, creator of ENDLESSROAMING.COM sharing the experience through word and photography. Currently residing in my home of Newtown Sydney

WOOLLY WEDNESDAY

Crafting and wellbeing

bookerworm

So many books, so little time

rachelmankowitz

The Cricket Pages

knitsbywhit

Exploring the world one fiber at a time

(CALIATH)

An Empyrean Cycle

The Go To Girls Blog

Life, Love, Family and Travel as we experience it

Daily Ramblings...

Thoughts on Productivity, Health, Writing, Job Hunting, and many other topics...

Idiosyncratic Unicorn

An eclectic collection of schtuffs that is me.

SindrElf

The Geeky Blogger

Pointless Overthinking

Understanding ourselves and the world we live in.

Double Pie

Fashion_Life_Style

Festival for HORROR

Showcasing the BEST OF HORROR FILMS, SCREENPLAYS, AND STORIES