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.

Falsely foxed 

Sharp ears point 

The hunter walks

Body lowers to the ground

Trying not to make a sound 

The hunter hears sticks break

Pointing his gun had changed fate

The fox is not easily seen 

The hunt shoots for what’s in between 

As the bullet flies

The animal dies

With a hope and a skip 

The hunter is quick 

To the body that’s lifeless

But what he saw in the grass 

Made him regret the time at last

When the Hunter kills and feels no pain 

Till his loyal dog suffers the blame
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Kühl Stealth VS Quechua hiking pants

To start I will be going with the pair I got first and those were the Kühl STEALTH hiking pants. 
The cost of the pants were R1400 or close to 90€. They were made from a light material and had zip off legs just above the knee. 

The Quechua pants cost R300 or about 19€ and had the zip off legs at the same place as the Kuhl pants, just above the knee. 

The material used in the Quechua pants was much thinner than the Kuhl pants and this was great for summer but shit for winter which meant buying another pair for winter hiking. 

The Kuhl pants had a lots of pockets and I found this nice but having the back pockets although for every day was great, for hiking made it uncomfortable to do long distances with anything in them and after a while of sweating the pockets ended up causing more problems than they solved, on the other hand, the Quechua pants had only three pockets and they were not very big. Great for hiking but pretty useless when it came to carrying anything. 

What I like about the Kuhl pants is that the zipper stays with the piece that you take off. This means you don’t have that little metal ball rubbing on your leg. The Quechua pants end up rubbing your legs in all the wrong places. 

The life expectancy is not bad when it comes to the kühl pants as I have done almost 2 years and many Kms in mine and with a little seam coming loose only recently I felt that they really stuck it out. I will be fixing them and going forward with them into their 3rd year of hiking. Their loose fit and the ability to wear them all years round by simply slipping thermals underneath makes them a ‘one pant does all’. 

The Quechua pants, on the other hand, has taken some beating in the 3 months that I have been using them. With the fit being much tighter and having more elasticity. It has lead to the appearance of the little Cotten balls from chafing between the legs and scratching of the zipper I will be laying them to rest until I have a less demanding job that may require them. 

The conclusion is that you pay for what you get. 

The Kühl STEALTH pants live up to their name and their cost and are recommended for those who are going down a road that needs strength and multi purpose clothing. 

The Quechua pants are not terrible but serve more for sporting pants in the periods where the mornings are fresh and the days are hot. Ideal for instructors and trainers. 

The shadows behind the photos

I have gotten a lot of negative feedback from people over the last 12 months, as I ask for support in the form of sponsorships I get told that I am not able to ask for any support due to the fact that I am living the dream everyone else wishes to live. Well I can promise it’s not all just beautiful landscapes and pretty pictures. 

I have given up my house for a tent,

I have given up my car for a pair of hiking shoes,

I have given up my bed for a blanket on the floor, 

I have given up my family and friends for a community that doesn’t understand me,

I have given up breakfast and lunch many days so I can afford to take my dogs out and have fun,

I have given everything up to live my life,

I made the choice to reach for my dream and I live it.

Is it always easy? No

Can I manage to survive here? I don’t know.

Do I struggle to put food on my plate? Yes.

Do my dogs ever go hungry? No. 

Do they ever stay at home? No. 

Would I change my life? No. 

If I am asking for support, it’s not because I am looking for an easy way out, it’s not because I want you to feel sorry for me. It is purely because I am not able to carry on posting those beautiful photos, it is because I can’t give my dogs the most amazing experiences 

I ask for help because everything I do here I do it to help and change the world for dogs. And I don’t ask them to pay me for that. 


We have been struggling lately, we bought a camper about 10 months ago and it has been impossible to have it registered here in Italy, it has drained our money and has stopped us from travelling, I am hoping we manage to fix the problems and push on but it is not easy. 

We did manage to get to Croatia for a few days. It wasn’t really a holiday as we were there for training but the dogs had Fun so I guess it counts. Well here are some pics

More on TBE

So with the recent vomiting for no apparent reason episode in altair(my dog) we did some more in depth research on TBE(tick borne encephalitis). 

What I have learnt. 

TBE is not found/ rarely found above 1500m and likes humid and warm climates.

We are looking at a disease that is transmitted immediately on bit. So a lot of your prevention methods will not work as they kill the ticks after they have bitten. 

With your Lyme disease it needs abit more time and this give you a greater chance of prevention. 

We are not worried about this just yet. We are worried about TBE. But should we be? 

Well further studies(on the net) have said that Italy has a very low count of infections and non in the area that we are in. 

Below is a link to a great sight, it is based on human infection and not animal but I feel it is relative to one another.
We are righting this vomiting off as a bug that was picked up at a show. 24 hrs after the vomiting started it ended and all is looking better, still reluctant to eat but I don’t blame him.