How I got my dogs to cooperate with me.

I have my dogs that cooperate with me. Many say they are remote controlled based on the amount of control and cooperation i have with my dogs.

What did i do? I treated them like my children. I got cross when they didn’t do what i want, i got disappointed when they didn’t understand me. I got frustrated when things never came closer to the desired actions. My dogs got scared of me, they lost interest in doing what i asked, they got frustrated with me. With time i worked through my mistakes with them and fixed what i caused, i built their desire to work with me. I taught them that i wasn’t perfect. I taught them that i was cross and disappointed and frustrated with myself. Did this and does this effect my dogs? Of course but with the mistakes i make, work is put in to make the problems better and make my dogs understand that it is not them.

With me not being perfect, with all my mistakes and the work that i put into fixing them i built trust. But i didn’t only build trust, i taught them to think for themselves and help me. This built my trust in them. This gave them the ultimate reward. The reward of success. The reward of responsibility and achievement. The feeling of me being proud of them. I got cooperation from my dogs by teaching them that i am proud of them. And even more proud of them when they think for them selves and solve problems, no matter how many they cause by trying to solve them.

When they ask for something i try to accommodate their desires, and they show understanding. They get rewards, randomly for being good dogs, they get reprimanded when they are pushing the boundaries, they see me get cross when i let them down or miss handle a situation. It’s about life, living and learning.

A lesson i learnt that has made the difference in my dog training is one a psychologist once taught me. When one takes the place on the podium. There will be a time they fall, this time will result in disappointment from those who looked up to you and that is what leads to the greatest respect as we don’t see flaws in each other just places that need more help and support then others.

Why i change food for winter

With the cold weather coming soon. I start looking at new foods. Foods that are high in fat and oils. This is for both me and my dogs. 

We have seen that most dogs that live in very cold conditions have a very fatty and oily diet, this is because oils and fats hep keep the coat and skin well hydrated and insulated. It also stimulates new hair growth and a thicker coat for the winter will help your dogs more then you may think. 

In the summer i feed a very large poultry diet and maybe some Dutch and lamb every now and then. Withthe winter coming i slowly increase the land and add fish to their diet. Salmon is a great prep for the winter and offers the dogs great support for the winter. 

 It is also very important to look after he joints as the temperature decreases, especially in older dogs or your working breeds.

Go to your food specialist and ask them what to do for your breed and how to look after them for the winter.

Agility comp.

We ran in a show on Sunday. And the training was put to good work. The courses were very straightforward but lots of opportunities to make a mistake. Keep in mind a course that is straightforward is Usually one where you have a Bordercollie running much faster then you are able.

With a long day in the sun we ended up with good results. 

Ksora won her agility and Altair came 5th both with a very good time, it was unfortunate that Altair knocked a bar, and all because I got lost.

In the afternoon we did jumping, and Altair won the jumping with his sister coming in 4th after a very hard pole entry was missed, and that was my fault aswell. 

As the sun set we ended up 2nd with Altair and 3rd with ksora in the combined rankings. 

Very happy with my dogs and slowly it all comes together.

Win with Altair
Win with ksora

Dealing with a sick dog

So this weekend was a crazy emotional roller coaster. Saturday was terrible weather here in Turin. Let the show begin, we were supposed to run 2 rounds with each dog and only did one. We were all wet by this time and called it a day. Went home and got warm and comfortable, not a bad day, the results of the competition; Altair 4th with a bar down. And Ksora was a rocket and missed her poles. I hurt my back and was freezing. Sunday morning, ready to rock the show today. Until, Altair started vomiting all his food up. Oh god!!! This is it, sick and dying dog, no show, and 80€ down the drain, the worst is the health of my dog, I couldn’t care less for the rest. 

So we walk and wait to see how he looks, by lunch we decided to go do the show and if he doesn’t get better then have a vet look at him. He vomited right before his class but thankfully vet was on scene and told us exactly what the problem is and that there is no need to worry.

If your dog is vomiting and you are worried go to a vet, if you feel it isn’t a danger then this is what we were told to do, no food and water for 24hrs, after that give them a anti nausea dose(for dogs) and then carry on as usual, let’s hope this works. 

So we ran had fun and it ended in a great result, Altair unfortunately had another bar down and got disqualified in agility but ran amazingly. Ksora rocked it and took 2nd place in agility, shocking the crowd.