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I do hope you enjoy reading about all the various exploits of the Hairy Gang !

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Approaching 8 months !

Well I'm surviving ..just.
I have had a few tears recently over madam Pixel. Her Obedience is coming on really well, in fact anything that is in a controlled way is coming on great. But get her into the hype of agility foundation or anything exciting and she is like the devil reincarnate..she barks, bites and is generally very OTT.

Pixel now weight in at 8.4kg and is 15.5" tall at the shoulder. So she is continuing to grow. She is the exact same size and weight that Boo is now.
She is still the most destructive dog I have ever had, and although I am a very experienced dog trainer, she is totally beating me.

We are doing a small foundation training course with Hannah Banks. There are 7 puppies of similar ages in the group. They are all lovely and calm and do all the things in a lovely relaxed way. Then comes Pixel. If I do anything that requires me to hold her to start, she spins round and tries to bark/bite when I let her go...She then forgets what I have asked her and runs round barking at me trying to grab her toy. When she does do it..she is amazingly fast, but its the in between bits that are scary.  It takes me a while to get hold of her after she has done whatever it is. At home or on a walk I can call her to me , take hold of her harness/collar and put her on a lead. Try to get hold of the little "b" when she's finished at agility and she is awful. If anyone takes their go before I have got her, she runs and joins them too. :-(
I can get her to me by using a titbit, make her do a trick and then calmly take her by her collar. This all takes time and I feel guilty about people waiting.
I did mange to get her to do a tunnel combination by leaving her in a controlled ( sort of ) wait, moving a little way from her and she focussed enough to do it.

We now have an Xmas break so I have bought Susan Garrets crate Games DVD which helps teach dogs self control. I have already been working on some aspects of control in the home environment. She now has to sit on a mat and wait patiently for her dinner to be prepared and served. Up to this point she was jumping like Tigger and getting so worked up waiting that she totally exhausted herself, which couldn't be good for her digestion.

So my battles continue. I will update once Ive started the crate training :-)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

7 months old foundation agility

Well Pixel is now 7 mths old, 7.9kg and 15" Tall. She's still mad a hatter, non stop energy, noisy, destructive and a little madam. However she is so cute I cant help but smile ( some of the time )

I have started proper foundation agility classes with her and she is VERY keen, very noisy, very excitable and a bit bitey.

below is a little snippet from a tunnel exercise we were doing on a Toni training session. Next month when she is 8 months old I will introduce her to channel weaves and contacts. I still have my contact trainer that I had for Boo and its up in the spare room (that no longer has a bed in it) so even in the wet weather I can practice her end position. I will be doing a running A-Frame so that wont be possible indoors.

Disney update

It has been a while since I have posted about Disney. He is now just over 17.5 years old. He is still amazing, although sadly old age is creeping up on him. He can still manage to go up and down the stairs at night, but is finding it more of a struggle. I think his failing sight may have something to do with it also.

He can still sprint across the filed when he wants, and the other night he decided to play games with me when I took him out for his last pee before bed. He proceeded to run past me  into the field. He then didn't want to come in and decided to run up the path alongside the field away from me. I was in my dressing gown and I was so glad that not only wasn't it too cold and wet, but no one was around !! he cant hear as he's stone deaf so I couldn't shout for him, I just had to wait for him to come back.

He also still enjoys a game of tug and is still really strong.

He hates being groomed now, and so I tend to leave him longer than I should. A few weeks had gone past and I noticed he had lots of matts . But he was getting even more stressed about being groomed so I decided he should be clipped off, even though I knew I'd hate it :-(

However he hated the clippers even more than the grooming so I have no choice but to sit patiently , smother him in various detangling sprays and gels and set to work. 

Well not only did I manage to groom all his tangles and knots out, I managed to clip his nails and bath him. We then had a little photo shoot . I think you will agree he doesn't look at all like a 17.5 year old dog ! In fact I have pictures of him at 6-7 years old looking very similar albeit without a little grey beard ..lol

Thursday, October 29, 2015

6 Months old

Well she made it..Pixel is now 6 months old..well actually 6.5 months nearly.  She weighs in at just 7 kg and is 14" at the shoulder. I am now taking bets as to what height she will eventually be. I have always thought she would be mid way between Boo and Disney, but at the moment she is still 1" smaller than Boo !! Disney is 16.75" tall, so who knows ??
She continues to be hard work and a very wilful madam. However we have just got back from a few days down at my friend Jane. she was such an angel down there. She just slotted in with all Janes Standard Poodles and GSD , she loved the walks and she slept ( yes slept) during the evenings. However the moment we got home she reverted back to the pup from hell, and immediately started to destroy an indestructible dog bed !! inner soles from hubbies shoes, and bought half the garden back inside. During this past week she has now decided to chew her crate bed too :-( When will it end ??

Here are a few pics from our break at Janes including a little video at the end.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Pixels Obedience

Gosh look at me...3 posts in one month :-)

I just wanted to post this little video of Pixel doing her Obedience training. So pleased with her :-)

Thursday, September 24, 2015

A couple of Firsts :-)

We Pixel had her very first motivational agility foundation class last Sunday with Dan Shaw.

She was fab. Very keen and not too noisy. It was only for an hour and there were 6 dogs in the class.
It gave me a glimpse of what she may be capable of :-)
Here is a little short video :-)

We also did another nice walk in Bushy park and Pixel had her first swim. After her first experience at the beach where she got accidentally dunked by my friends standard poodle I was concerned it may have put her off...well as you will see it didnt :-)

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Pixel 5 mth update

Pixel is almost 5 months now. and dare I say it but she is calming down just a very very little.

She is still stroppy, has tantrums, is destructive, is on the go constantly...but I can see chinks of goodness appearing :-)
Her walks have increased in length now as she's joining the big boys and girl for their walks in Bushy Park.

She starts her walk on a long line until I am sure she is respecting both the dogs ( not jumping on and grabbing them) and  also to make sure she is clued into the fact she comes back when called. After about 5-10 minutes she comes off the long line and so far so good.

She had her single , one and only ,vaccination at 18 wks. She was fine and I did relax afterwards.
I will get her titre tested in about 3 weeks time to make sure all is well :-)

She is growing like a weed and weighs in at 6kg. She is roughly 13.5" at her shoulder.

Tomorrow she has her first puppy foundation play session with Dan Shaw :-) I think she is going to be a challenge at this also. She is very vocal and bitey as soon as we do anything exciting .. hopefully I may get a bit of video :-)

Here are a few pics of her taken a couple of days ago , along with a little video of her recalls.
Sorry about my noise...lol

Friday, August 28, 2015

August Catch up..Pixel is 4 mths

Pixel continues to wear me out. She is just so so naughty and on the go. I thought Boo and Fozzie were really naughty but she wins the prize for being the most naughty , destructive, Manic, Stroppy puppy ever. However she is ultra cute and I have never had such a clean puppy. She always takes her self off into the garden through the dog flap to do what she needs to do. She has NEVER wet or messed in her crate and this makes her badness a little easier to bear.

She has turned 4 mths now and I have to say her temper tantrums are diminishing a little. I have clamped down on her a little. She can come into the lounge but only if she settles and I am stopping some of the playtime with the boys although they instigate a lot of it. I also give her ore time out in her crate.
She has started to lose her baby teeth and her adult ones are coming through now.

At the end of July I went to visit my best friend in Devon. It was Pixels first trip to see Janes 9 dogs and she was totally amazing and took it all in her stride. We went to the beach which she adored, until she was pounced on by Tiffany whilst in the sea and pushed under..she bounced back but was a little concerned after that and was dubious about going back into the water.
The following day we went on Janes local walk and once again she was really good and happily introduced herself to other dogs..she has little fear at the moment.

For the last 2 weeks we have been away on a 2 week Agility tour. Once again she took it all in her stride, but wore me out. Then to cap it all she decided to eat my headlining along with a bed in my car. I have to say at that point I broke down into tears and really thought I would have to re home her.
I had all 6 dogs with me and having to keep Disney separate from her and Chip in a tiny caravan had already been stressing me out ,and this was the final straw. The fact she never ever sleeps in the day to give me any reprieve also wasn't helping.
I was really pleased with how she was around the rings however, she played Tuggy happily and was really into me even with all the other dogs around. She met other puppies and adult dogs and didnt show any fear at all.

So she is still here and hasn't been sent to Battersea and I am sure she will be brilliant eventually :-)

I have been deliberating the vaccine issue again relentlessly. People that know me know that I HATE vaccines with a passion. I have heard of a few peoples dogs that have had reactions and that has scared me.
She has been having Nosodes and I have been giving her several different supplements to boost her immune system..She's had Transfer Factor, Yum Puppy and Vibracta Plus.
I have been to several shows with her, visited my friend Jane in Devon with the trip to the beach and Woods, and she has mixed a lot with other dogs, but I have yet to take her to heavily populated dog parks locally.
Her socialisation hasn't suffered, but I now feel at 18 weeks I should give her her one and only vaccine. It is booked for tomorrow....GULP.  However she will never have a Lepto vaccine. Its been linked with some terrible side effects and even deaths and is the vaccine with the highest risk and the lowest benefit . The latest guidelines from the WSAVA have now said that Lepto vaccine should NOT be given to young puppies and should NOT be mixed with the other vaccines. They recommend that if its given its given 4 weeks after the second vaccination and that shouldn't be given till 16 weeks anyway. So the earliest to have a Lepto vaccine is 20 weeks..NOT 8 weeks as is happening at the moment :-(


Well Boo is now Grade 6. Amazing that it is. She will never set the world alight and I dont think she will go much further, but I am sort of enjoying the agility with her again now.
We still have awful runs and I feel like I'm dragging a dead horse around . We still have runs where she just doesn't listen or care, but then she pulls a real stunner out of the bag.

Her first Grade 5 win was at a good sized show in a good sized class. This was at the Agility Club. It was a tricky course and sadly as is typical I didnt get it on video. But it was a class of 60 odd dogs so I was extremely pleased about this.

Her other 2 wins were at Adams which is a much smaller show with lower entries. However one was in a combined grade 4-7 class and the entries were higher because of this, and she did beat several dogs from higher Grades :-) Her 3rd win was in a smaller class...once again a tricky course and not many clears. Funnily enough it was the same Judge that she won under at the Agility club , so she must have been my lucky charm :-)

To be honest I would rather she had stayed Grade 5 , but I knew at a smaller show there was always a chance she could win again if she went clear.
We went to the KC Festival the week before and this is HUGE. Most of her classes were big and she managed a few good places even there :-) She also had loads of "if only" runs.
Win No 1 at Agility Club

Win Number 2 at Adams

Win 3 at Adams.

Just to finish of my August post with a lovely picture I took of all 6 of my dogs and me just before we went away. So nice to have them all together :-)