I have just started to train Marvel, my Border Collie. He is a year old and works beautifully and I think he could be really good at agility. However, if there is another dog running on the course, he wants to herd it. I can’t keep his attention focused on me. If he is not on the lead, he will rush over and try to round it up. What can I do? Continue reading »
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We just got in a beautiful new batch of cones; including the elusive purple ones! Use cones to train handling, or to mark your course.
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Walking is an important conditioning exercise. Sometimes the weather is too hot or too cold to walk outside safely, and some owners have difficulty walking the distances their dogs need to walk. Doggie Treadmills make walking the dog much easier, and safer in inclement weather, and are a boon for apartment dwellers.
Treadmills are easy to train with lots of positive reinforcement, if you go slow and steady. They’re also wonderful for strengthening the hamstring/gluteal section of your dogs body (hind end ) if you use the incline properly. For an active agility dog, endurance exercises can be a godsend since it builds muscle tone and encourages deep-chested breathing. Make certain to warm-up and cool down your dog properly before and after their treadmill session, and to monitor them carefully.
Treadmills are also very useful in after-injury care, since it controls the dog’s pace and allows them to build up muscle.
Fall can be even busier! Sometimes it’s so busy we don’t have much time to spend with our dogs, and then when we DO have the time, we feel so bad we didn’t spend time with them during the busy time we don’t want to, now.
The best thing about dogs, is they don’t care. They’re just so happy you are spending time with them NOW, they forget about the busy weeks when you were rushing here and there and everywhere. They don’t know they were SUPPOSED to have learned the contacts a few weeks back, and they don’t care, either. They’ll learn their contacts now, to make you happy. Don’t feel guilty for what you haven’t done. Do what you can, and know your dog doesn’t want you to feel guilty, either. They won’t have as much fun if you feel guilty!
These sound yummy! (reposted from food.com)
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons dry milk
- 2 1/2 cups flour (wheat is probably better!)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Blend eggs and pumpkin together; add salt, dry milk, and flour.
Add water as needed to make the dough somewhat workable.
The dough should be dry and stiff, don’t be concerned with crumbs being left in the bowl.
You will need to mix this with your hands because it is too stiff for an electric mixer.
Roll to 1/2-inch thick. Cut into shapes.
Place 1″ apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes on one side, then turn over and bake another 20 minutes.
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