This has been a real stressy, up and down week at our house. Monday and Tuesday night, Bailie and I had our ORT (odor recognition test) with Mom. In order to really understand how it all went down, I have to tell you a bit about Mom’s feelings on success and failure. [Read more…]
Bailie and I have our first ORT tests in just three weeks, so we are studying hard! ORT is for odor recognition test and this test will be a test for birch odor for both of us. Mom has never been to one of these test either so it is all new for us. Luckily, our teacher, Sharon, at Active Dog Sports Training is trying real hard to help us prepare. We completed Nose Work level 2 and start level 3 this week. We are excited as it will be outdoor and vehicle searches. At our last class, we were told how the ORT test works, how to prepare and did a couple test runs in class. [Read more…]
Today is the one year anniversary of the FitDog Friday blog hop. It seems like it has always been around, but I guess not. I think this blog hop has been one of the forces that has help me find a direction for my blog and I am thankful for that. This may come as a surprise, but I love to have fun and be silly. I enjoy helping other dogs stay healthy through my crazy, fun adventures and FitDog Friday is a great tool for me. For my family, fitness is fun and it is a lifestyle. Now and then I get an email or comment like this one from a reader:
Hey Emma, because of your blog, our mom has been working hard at walking us a lot more. She said you wrote that good long walks help make your day calmer and happier! It sure is making our days happier. Keep up the great writing!! Your doodle friends in sunny, somewhat warm (!) Colorado.
Reading a note like this, makes Mom and I so very happy to know that I have helped other dogs and their humans find fun in staying fit and healthy! It gives my blogging work real purpose and meaning. [Read more…]
We are in a serious school mode at our house the past few months! As you know Bailie is in Obedience School. She finished level one and is now in level two. Hopefully she will pass that and move on to get her CGC. Bailie and I are in Nose Work 2, and last weekend Bailie took an intro to tracking class. Mom is really busy driving us around and helping us with all our homework! Today I wanted to tell you about what we are doing in Nose Work and then about Bailie and tracking. One other note…I keep forgetting to say a special thank you to Jodi at Heart Like A Dog. It was because of her posts about Nose Work quite a while ago that Mom started looking into the sport for us. We learn so much from our friends in Blogville, it is a wonderful community!
Another session of K9 Kamp hosted by Peggy’s Pet Place, Slimdoggy, and To Dog with Love has come to an end. The challenge this session was to design your OWN version of K9 Kamp Doggy Hide and Seek. Make up a game that works for YOUR dog! For the next month, practice your challenge with your dog and then post photos, a video, or just your ‘diary’ on how Kamp went. Since Bailie and I are in Nose Work class I am using our latest Nose Work lessons for my K9 Kamp work.
Mom has told me that we are committing to Nose Work for the long haul, so when our teacher said we should be wearing a harness for Nose Work, Mom said we better get harnesses. I offered to drive Mom to PetsMart the next day to buy two and I would also do the modeling to make sure we got the right size. Bailie’s may be a bit big right now, but she will quickly grow into it, so if it fits me we are good. It was fun going on an outing all alone with Mom. We all get alone time but it is always special.
Bailie and I were supposed to be half done with nose work 1 now but they cancelled class last night because of the cold! Boy were we bummed out! We still love the class and we love doing our homework! We are lucky as we have a large unfinished basement, so Mom put a bunch of boxes in one area for us to practice our nose work. I’m not going to go into all the techniques and stuff as I am still a nose work newbie, but I will give you some general information. This has been a really pawsome winter activity for Bailie and I. Nose work works our brains really hard, so we are really tired out after searching a few times. This winter with all the temperatures far below zero, it has been a fun activity for us to do indoors! [Read more…]
Lately at Casa de Emma we have been doing a lot of contemplating on the subject of dog intelligence. What exactly makes up a smart dog? Is it a dog that can pick up toys, a dog that can sit and stay for like two days, a dog that can find a duck its human shot down? With my little sister Bailie possibly flunking out of Obedience 1, yet excelling in Nose Work we are delving into this subject.
Bailie and I started our nose work class last week at Active Dog Sports Training and that is where the mischief occurred. First, I need to tell you all two things! One, the photos aren’t our usual quality as we were in a training facility that isn’t designed for pretty pictures, and two, no one peed on the floor. The water spots on the floor are from snowy paws and shoes going in and out.