As Iza is convalescing she’s learning how to cook 😉.
And if she’s going to cook Becca will need to know how to set the table...
And Hagel got a bit jealous so she decided to catch up and do both 🤪
To be more truthful we where working on gripping a few days ago. The film below, with a spoon as I find them useful for this, the dog has to balance it or it tends to slide. A knife is even more efficient, but we’re not there yet.
Then I was playing around with Iza and saucepans, she is a keen retriever, so even if my plan where for her to open lids it ended with her delivering the pots... But when I tried the same game with Becca and Hagel, the looked totally lost. And when I just put the lid on the floor, they still didn’t get it, nor did they if I just put the cutlery there.
So one day they retrieve spoons 🥄 and the next they cannot lift one?! So backing to one spoon and then all of a sudden they could both open lids and carry the cutlery. The difference? I was sitting down! It’s interesting to work with dogs 🐶 🤪😅
4 weeks with anti inflammatory and pain medication due to an inflammation in her shoulder... Hips and elbows clean though. Can someone please explain this to her: No long walks, no training, just relaxing... Can I teach her to play #mindcraft or am I more likely to succeed with #meditation or #collectingstamps #epagneulbreton #breton #brittanyspaniel no #gundogtraining no #gundogtrials
Every day someone is asking the question, will my dog suffer from a bad hipscore? And every day I read someone answering NO. But how do you know for sure?
When it comes to pain and dogs reality and our imagination rarely make sense. We expect our dogs to start suffering with obvious symptoms like fever, limping or crying out when they hurt. They don’t, well it happens but not often...
Pain in most cases comes crawling, slowly. It’s not always obvious even for the one in pain where it starts. Fore example tooth ache often start with anointing. Then you chose to chew on the other side of your mouth. It’s not until the infection and pain is inscrutable that you stop eating. But if the pain is on both sides, then the pain will be less obvious, and the behaviour will not change until the pain is extreme and you can’t chew at all.
Or a blister on your toe, you start with moving your toes away from the roof of your shoe. If you can you will ditch the shoe or change shoes. That might help and it heals. And the second time around it takes longer time for the blister to appear. It might no be enough to curl your toes away from the shoe. Then you change the way you walk, you try to walk on your toes or on your heel. And that makes you put extra weight on your other foot, which makes your old injury in your knee start troubling you. And to relieve the knee you start walking with you left shoulder more in front of you, which forces you to balance it with holding your right shoulder more back, and your right thumb start to tingle. So you have an itch in your right thumb...
So trying to summoning this up is:
Look for a change in behaviour.
Pain takes energy, a dog in pain has ‘a shorter battery and takes longer to recharge’.
Most changes come slowly and is not originated where they appear.
On horses that is much more heavy than dogs but have a similarity in building, limping becomes obvious when the pain is in both front legs and in more than one joint... when they are in so much pain that they can not push more weight off their front legs as the hind legs start to hurt too.
Knee pain more often makes the horse walk backwards, it prefers to take a step back than one forward.
When you look at your dog, make it stand up from laying down. Where does it put its paws? Those places is where it takes the most pressure from its weight. Note 📝 these are, is it in front of the shoulder or behind? Is it equal? Is it under, in front or behind the hip, knee or loin? If you know and are aware of how your healthy dog stands, it makes it much easier for you to see a change ❤️
The really hard question come if the dog has been in pain the whole life, then how do you see the difference...
What I am about to write is nothing new, it’s been written over and over again since mankind started to write. But it can be summoned up in this sentence:
There is no leash or chains in the world that can make an elephant follow a human...
To teach someone or somebody something new:
Start by thinking about what your final goal is, what shall it look like when the ‘dog’ or whom ever you are to train is grown and ready.
Example: jump into the car. My vision is that the dog on a given signal jumps into the car, in the right cage / on the right surface, turns around and settles down and stays there until I say something else. Maybe I even want it to retract the gate before it lies down. I want it to rest there, not for it to be waiting for work. Think about it for both 1, 2 and 3 times. What sounds and signs you should have for the moments. (Or read the end of the post and don’t do it my way) 🤪
Then I have to practice a number of parts: Jump (I may have to start with the dog learning to jump up on something lower than the car) With a treat or just showing it with my hand, I show the dog what I want it to do. When it's a reaction fixed in the spinal cord, I'll slow down my hand's movements until the dog knows what the signal for the jump up Is.
Landing and laying down, I can practice that the dog jumps on a thick duvet and lay down.
To sit and relax. Help the dog to lie (create a special sign / signal for resting) sit with the dog until it feels calm and dare to rest for a while. When you finish the exercise, do it with calm, slow movements and a soft start. Let the dog wake up softly to say.
Then when all these moments are shaped and well known for the dog, I can transfer these exercises to the car. Practice them separately. Jump in, in and lie, lie and rest. Before you put them together, exercise longer and longer.
Now you have three signals, jump, land and lie. And it's usually here I'm going to find out that the signal for lie down and relax I'm giving my dog in the field or course or at home is not the same as this one, no wonder it does not relax there. Or that the signal is the same and therefore my dog is on the side and snores during obedience or field training.... or that the signal for jump up and jump over has become the same, and it is not so successful. Or that now I have three commands that start with the sound 'ho'... I am messy and un consistent. This is the hardest thing when you train your first dogs (well it continues to be hard because, when you finally think that you know what you want, you will have created a bunch of reflexive movements that are really hard to break.
Keep in mind that whatever you want the dog to do, look at the dog, look at it, look at the dog again, give body signal / sign before giving any command word. It should be absolutely sure what you want. If it is not, show, use the entire body as clarification until it knows. Then reduce the body's movement away from it. Otherwise, you can just wait until the dog spontaneously does the right before adding command word, it's a more efficient way to go.
Imagine your boss calls "dggfjhyujbnm" to you. You do not know what this means, in other words you have two options: either try or you are waiting for an explanation. Which one you choose depends on who you are, when this happens and how the manager usually manages similar situations. Had the manager shown, instructed, practiced and repeated before even mentioning the word 'dggfjhyujbnm'. Then the chances of success in the first try are greater.
It is often enough to show, so that you can reach far. Handle the dog as if it were an elephant, hang it before jumping over, braking, showing and gesturing with great and clear movements. Do not wait until it violates the rules, help it to do right before.
Because you can not just put on an elephant or lift it back. This makes it easier for you physically and more clearly for the dog. numbers 1 and 2 is that you think you know what you want, but change as and despite being unaware of it, you have created sigh of reflexive movements that are really bad to break. Keep in mind that whatever you want the dog to do, look at the dog, look at it, look at the dog again, give body signal / sign before giving any command word. It should be absolutely sure what you want. If it is not, show, use the entire body as clarification until it knows. Then reduce the body's movement away from it. Otherwise, you can just wait until the dog spontaneously does the right before adding command word, it's a more efficient way to go.
And yes I am sorry to tell you that this is how it works with humans too, both children and adults. We do what we are shown or have seen, not what we are told to do... 🙈🙈🙈
Sometimes you have a feeling or a knack for a special area, sometimes it’s just luck... But if I calculated the date for Becca coming in season through mathematics she was du to start on the 16th, but she usually swells up a week before and this time I said she’s probably going to be 3 days late. Well today is the 19th and guess what 😜🤣♥️ So if she is anything like she use to be she will be mated on the 2-3 rd of March.
Since Iza and I bumped our heads together the day before Christmas I have a muscle cramp over the left side of my head. I know that it’s just muscles and that I will find the right way to balance my neck in the near future, but at the moment it hurts a lot and steals energy. So today’s work is about balance, getting brave and being more articulate. #braccoitaliano #americancockers #chesapeakebayretriever #epagneulbreton #brittanyspaniel #obediencetraining #dogtraining #balance
Every litter born at our Kennel since 2004 have been evaluated in a test describing the personality of each puppy. In the beginning we thought that each individual could be trained into the right type of behaviour. Well that’s definitely not the case. And no you cannot make a dog brave or scared, stubborn or happy. You can make each individual braver, more afraid, more hesitant or questioning and safer. But the puppy is still who he or she was and depending on their way to approach life from start, they will develop from there.
Some are growing with each experience bad or good, some just grow with positive experiences and some need more than a bunch of positive experiences to believe that they can grow. None are in need of the bad or negative experiences to grow, they all benefit from positive ones, but some need less to grow fast.
The most important knowledge we got from our tests where:
1. How a puppy behave in a group says very little about the individual (it is just the most suitable one in this litter for the task) so if puppy A is the guard in a litter it doesn’t say that it is a great guard dog, just the best suited one in this litter.
2. What kind of game/wild animals they favour tell a lot about how they will behave as adults, especially if they are spaniels.
3. A negative experience as a baby doesn’t shape the dog for the rest of their life, it’s their reaction to experiences that shape them.
4. The dogs that can switch from on to off and leave negative experiences behind are the easiest ones to train, that doesn’t make them the best, but it makes them easier for anyone to succeed.
1. How a puppy behave in a group says very little about the individual, so the test is done individually and in a room/ground that is unknown to the puppy but has been visited by their mother.
2. What kind of game/wild animals they favour tell a lot about how they will behave as adults, a puppy that prefers quail to pheasants is more likely to work closer and a puppy that prefer wild boar will never work close to you spontaneously. Why? Quails is the less threatening of game and wild boar, bear etc is more threatening than most, so if a puppy dear to approach wild boar at the age of 7 weeks, it’s quite independent and will not hang around your feet. They will probably find birds like partridge and pheasants quite none challenging and go for more thrilling animals.
3. The way they react to experiences does not often change with age, if one is more likely to remember the negative experiences than the positive ones, any tiny little negative experience may hinder development and growing. How you plan, train and build that dog up will be what make you reach your goals. With exactly the same training you might reach your goal in half the time on another dog and double the time in a third. It’s not just the training method, timing and development in life that makes the difference, but also the individuals way to approach life.
4. The dogs that can switch from on to off and leave negative experiences behind are the easiest ones to train and make them great breeding materials and adaptable to change and modern lifestyle in general. So that a dog is successful in one area that needs training, do not tell if it’s easy to train. It’s shows that it has been trained in a for that individual fitting way. It doesn’t make it a good breeding material either, sorting out the good breeding material is made before the dog is trained. And that’s what makes this really hard, as everything except exterior can be enhanced and altered by training. I guess that’s the reason exterior often tends to be the areas most succeed....
Yes she is progressing in the reversed temptation area too, when she’s not making up her own rules 🤣🤗❤️#braccoitaliano #bracco #beccathebracco #gottoloveher
Today’s project this morning was gripping an object. The difficulty is rarely if it’s heavy or not, a heavy object will probably be dragged but it will teach the dog how to approach and grip it more sufficiently. I find small and light objects to bring out the tendency to make bad gripping more obvious. It’s not the way to train your dog to get better grip, quite the opposite. But it tell me a lot about what is lacking in a dogs training.
But retrieving light matches is probably not the best way to figure out details like that. Becca the Bracco got it stuck under her lips every time and had to lick and spit to get it out and Ebba the American cocker had a tendency to have it disappearing into the fuss of her ear when trying to fetch it. So this exercise told me two things, short ears and tight lips makes the dogs life easier in this household 😂🙈🤪
Well all of us write here, both humans and dogs ;) At least that was the plan but it seems it´s mostly me Robyn who´s attached to the keyboard...