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In the Mood! Clever, Clever Dogs.

My sister sent me this and I just had to post it:

Such clever dogs - and trainer, of course! They look so pleased with themselves once they'd finished and thoroughly enjoyed the routine, by the look of it!


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Nov. 14th, 2013 09:05 am (UTC)
You can't help but applaud! Mary was at Discover Dogs last weekend and I watched her demonstrating her training techniques - she makes it look so easy!

She did a Harry Potter sequence for one Crufts a few years ago - see if that's on Youtube...
Nov. 15th, 2013 07:17 am (UTC)
Yes, she's a brilliant trainer! After my sister sent me this one, I found the HP one and also a Slumdog Millionaire routine on youtube too. Her dogs are incredible as well - does she breed as well as train dogs?
Nov. 15th, 2013 09:44 am (UTC)
She doesn't breed her dogs - some are 'rescues' and some brought in from breeders - one or two are sired by her dogs. Full details on her (very comprehensive) website : http://www.maryray.co.uk/dogs.html
Nov. 17th, 2013 02:24 pm (UTC)
Sadly, my phone wouldn't load it all but I got to watch about a minute of the first one. Border Collies seem to have an intelligence on their own level. I love Kelpies, always will, and I love my beautiful blue heeler and Labrador as much, but I cannot deny border collies are more versatile in their training, at least from that I've seen.
Nov. 17th, 2013 02:25 pm (UTC)
That=what, bloody autocorrect!
Nov. 17th, 2013 03:22 pm (UTC)
LOL! It's a pain, isn't it? I keep turning mine off, but it turns itself on periodically. I've had some hilarious ones over the years, so that one's not too bad
Nov. 19th, 2013 12:16 pm (UTC)
I've usually managed to catch it before I send it out but the odd occasion has resulted in some pretty horrendous autocorrects that make you go, 'uh oh!' ;-)

And I never did get that birthday party sorted, did I??? Sadly, too many things took over.
Nov. 20th, 2013 03:02 am (UTC)
Not to worry about the party - I knew you were thinking of me and I got your PM, which meant a lot, so I knew I hadn't been forgotten and it really is the thought that counts!

Nov. 21st, 2013 10:57 am (UTC)
:-) That's good to know. I really do hope you had a good day nonetheless... :-)
Nov. 17th, 2013 03:26 pm (UTC)
I'm a dog fan in general, but yes, certqin breeds do lend themselves to certain tasks, definitely.

One of my dogs is a kelpie/mini foxie cross, but he's all kelpie in both looks and personality. I love the way his mind works - we're definitely a team. It's less of an adoration thing and more of a mutual respect, although I'm definitely top dog and he's more than happy with that. He is quite an independant dog, but affectionate, fun loving and respectful and I'll admit, I love that and find it a very comfortable relationship. He was a bit of a handful as a pup, but once he learns something, he never backslides. I love that about kelpies.

My other dog is a staffy/foxie cross and is just as obedient and clever, although she approaches things from a different angle. She's more an 'Aren't I a good girl, mummy?' dog and thrives on positive reinforcement and needs a bit more effusive praise. Some of that comes from being an abused dog, some from being lower in the family pack order, but that's also her personality.

My first beautiful boy was a British Staffy, who, once again, was obedient and trained well, but once again, he had a different approach. He had more of a 'convince me this is a good idea' dog, but once he got something, he was fine.

I love them all, but, like people, each dog is different, although certain breeds have certain tendencies and all dogs have certain things in common.

I guess a big part of that is not just teaching yuor dog to understand you, but to make the effort to understand 'dogspeak' and motivation, too.

Nov. 19th, 2013 12:24 pm (UTC)
I dunno how anyone can not be a dog person. They are the most loyal and loving animals on this entire planet. I agree, it is so interesting to see just how different in personalities each dog is, much like humans, I know.

My two dogs are very different in personalities. Jack is very obedient yet still very cunning whereas Seth just doesn't appear to listen until he's ready to respond. Jack will also stay at your heel without having to tell him to, although he does like running ahead at times as well. Seth, again, will not stay with you, yet on the lead, Seth is the much better dog and will just go where you want him to at the speed you want him to go, whereas Jack pulls like a steam train, which is quite frustrating when all you can manage is a light jog.

Understanding dogs is part of getting the most out of them. I'm not going to say that I understood my dogs 100% because I'm sure that there was plenty that I missed, but after a while, you pick up on the little things and see when things aren't quite right.
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