In the spirit of the week, it seems a fitting time to highlight the Weimaraner. Weimaraners are a high-energy, high-drive dog in the sporting category, and are known as ‘ghost dogs’ for both their silver-grey coats and blue eyes, and their truly eerie howl. Weimaraners do well in agility, and are very sensitive to their trainers, and need positive reinforcement. They’re reserved to all but their families.
You’ve all seen it and admired it… a dog jumping into the owner’s arms at the end of a run. No matter how your dog does, this ending just makes it all right and definitely wow’s the audience. It’s one of my favorite tricks, and it’s SO easy to teach, anyone who can lift their dog safely can do it! This video shows how to do it step by step… and uh…another animal that I won’t mention here because I’m still nursing the puncture wounds on my legs from trying it at home.
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I picked 18 lbs of apples at a u-pick last weekend- and I’ve been baking ever since. My dogs mill around the kitchen while I’m in it, and sometimes it’s tough to keep treats in my pocket to give them when I ask them to practice their problems areas as I work around them (Quick’s ‘down’ and Nova’s ‘over there’, respectively). I have to wash my hands so I don’t make bacon flavored apple crisp! That is… until I handed Quick a bit of apple core and saw his eyes light up.
Apples are a great treat for dogs in moderation, and since it’s rare that I eat or use a core, I’m more than happy to give them two or three cores apiece! They’re also good for dogs watching their waistlines, and absolutely no by-products of any kind in them! Always a plus, in my books. Like any treat, don’t give your dogs apple in excess- a core or two, or a few pieces, is plenty!
Tags: dog safety & health
A fun trick you can teach your dog is spinning. It’s handy just before trials, while you’re working out with the warm-up jump, since it stretches and turns the dogs’ spine, somewhat like doing weaves does. Plus, dogs love it! I’ve found that it revs them up and gets them ready to go better than almost anything else I’ve tried. It also works very well for the dogs that have bad greeting habits. They enjoy spinning a lot, and are willing to do that over, say, a sit as you answer the door. It’s fun, it’s cute, and it’s easy! How about you? Do you have any tricks your dog does to burn off a little extra energy, or just for cute factor? comment and share!