Sunday, 30 January 2011

Ladock Woods

I love wood walking, the wilder the better, I think the dogs love it too, although the poor "smalls" end up having to be de-tangled from brambles, pine needles, on various occasions and 90% of the time getting home and having to bath them, which adds another hour before we can sit down and have a cup of tea!!

Sennen I feel is old enough at nearly 4 months old, to start coming on more of the walks with us and to run free, I didn't let her off before, apart from the odd 10 mins, due to me really wanting my recall better and more importantly not wanting her to chase the others or worse still hurt herself running too much with the others, but I think she is big enough now and hopefully with the amount of winter woods walks that we all do, she will become more aware of what her big hares legs are doing, ducking and diving amongst the branches, tree stumps and uneven ground etc.........

So Sennen has had two free wood walks this weekend, her recalls where perfect, but I did have a pocket full of liver and she would have to not only return to me, sit have the lead put on walk a few paces and then allowed off again, unfortunately Ian didn't have that kind of success with her, you cant tell your Husband that he needs to have a more exciting voice and say Sennen with a bit more excitement, can you?
So he has had instructions to go down the garden with her and do some recalls.....yeah right!!

I have just realised it's almost Monday and Sennen has puppy class and I haven't done my homework, the Stand! boring! She has been great and loves everyone two and four legged.
We have had just one bad experience which I'm not sure how to sort out, she went through a door way at puppy class straight into the path of a barking shepherd, she didn't react badly, turned her head away and stood still, until I walked her out the door, but since then she has greeted two adult dogs by barking at them, luckily I have a few adult large dogs that come training up here, so she has got to meet them, lovely Jem, a black lab, who calmed Sennen right down, but told her she should not only shut up, but not use her front feet to bounce on faces!
and Sennen understood quickly, so that was just got to go out and about and meet the calmer adult dogs and hopefully sort that issue out.

So that's January 2011 almost over with, where the heck that went I've no idea!

Happy Birthday to Mum for Friday xx

Monday, 24 January 2011

Not sure whether you knew this!

But we went travelling BD (before dogs!) not long after we married, we packed the Landrover and off we went, it was only a couple of months away, to Morocco and back, through Spain, Portugal and France, great fun...oh the stories, I did write a diary, which was great fun to come across the other day, although in some bits I could hardly read my writing...I am so very bad, take after my DAD!

Here we are heading off towards the Atlas Mountains in Morocco.

we stopped in Spain for a week on the way home, poor Ian hurt his back, so we managed to get him to the local vet who sorted him out??

and here's Ian washing his hair with the homemade shower, which warmed up whilst driving around in the sun!
Maybe this was the reason for why Ian started loosing it!

Beaches in winter

Body awareness work!

Sennen "Ladder work".

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Wordless Wednesday again!

Harry showing his new yoga move!
Red with her "bestest" toy, which is as old as she is 11 in a half! her watering can, doesn't hold much water now!!

Red and Buzz this morning, check out my bollards a new addition to the dogwalk! keeping Sennen off of it!

Thanks for our Christmas present, Mum, Adrian and Ian....we love it.

Friday, 14 January 2011

"Sennen" puppy training at 12 weeks

balancing on a paint pot!
and a video clip, that Ian kindly videoed this afternoon for me, except I cut out the tugging/play session, just so it wasn't so LONG to watch

Friday, 7 January 2011

Happy New Year - 2011

Welcome to the New year, I hope all your dreams, hopes, wishes come true for you all!

I did have loads to tell you, but today don't have much enthusiasm to write much so it may just have to wait for another post, you never know I might get into the swing of it once I start typing.

Sennen Pup, grows before our eyes and now her hind legs are taller than Harry's this morning at nearly 12 weeks,but she has a long way to go to catch up with Buzz, Buzz looks even bigger in this photo!
We have found some new/different walks within 20 mins of here at long last, some clean, some not so clean, these photos where taken at the end of this mornings new clean walk!...Yes Sennen came too, stayed on her lead and carried part way.

Sennen will have been with us 4 weeks on Sunday, she has "not been what I expected", I was assuming as her Mum was a greyhound/whippet/lurcher and Dad I'm pretty sure was the white GSD, she would be calm and quiet, a nice blend to bring in with the two "hard to live with Collies" but she "ain't no wall flower" constantly biting, chewing, mouthing, jumping up at you! constantly wanting to do something whilst she is awake or she will find something you don't want her to do!
She runs along with her mouth open and what ever is at her height goes in, whether it be curtains, trousers, washing on the line, flannels, towels, plug sockets, loo brushes!, toy basket, books, fleece covers, especially the ones covering the sofa that the "Puffs" are sleeping on pulling them off the sofa (the puffs and the fleece) hands, hair, the list is endless, she will stalk you like a cat and when you least expect it she jumps on you, she charges from great distances to jump on you, she uses her front feet to paw at you, grab toys out your hand, we have even see her bite at Buzz's trousers as he ran past, she is that quick that if you, open a cupboard door and go to shut it, you hear her yelp as you have shut her head in it etc......

So as you can tell we have lots of work to do.
I seem to have spent the last 2 weeks saying "ouch, no, you bad arse give it back" I permanently have treats and a tuggy in all of my pockets (I have big pockets!)

What has she learnt........sit, down, starting to wait, tug for England, play ball, retrieve ball, stand on and in bowl, moving around the bowl is coming on better than the "Puffs" she is better clockwise to anti clock, she twists both ways, walk backwards and is learning to turn tight around the washing line, gives a paw, rolls over, heel work coming on nicely as most walks are out on her own. skateboarding, weave through my legs, most of these she can do in various places. She has been to Mole Valley farmers and met sliding door, manikin's and shopping trolleys, the wheels are great for biting, we don't do that any more, she has been to Pets at home, Asda, she has met, ponies/horses/donkeys/chicken/men/women/teenager's/ children yet, she is a little too bouncy for small ones ATM.

She has now been told off by everyone, stolen toys out of everyone mouths bar Red, but I am sure that wont be long, she uses the surprise tactic to do it!

She is great fun and both Ian and I, thank Nicky and Jackie for letting us have her, not that we wanted another dog, but I did want an ABC!!