Doodle Daze – A blog about a labradoodle

Doggy Boot Camp
August 19, 2009, 10:56 am
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Barney is in his first day of walking with Dima.  It is 1-1/2 hours of walking with a bunch of other dogs.  But as Dima is also a dog trainer, Barney is going to get a bit of extra help learning how to walk appropriately.  And I doubt he’ll like it at first, as we’re a bit wussy when it comes to him.  Dima has no pity for the fool of a dog who tries to push his boundries.  Dima is not mean – he’s one of the first people who used handfeeding and positive training…but he also believes that a correction is also necessary.  The correction may be a nudge on the hind leg, a slight jerk of the lead, etc.  It is not harsh, but it does get the attention of the dog and redirects him back to the good stuff…because Dima also hands out treats to dogs who do the right thing.  In my walk with Dima and the dogs on Monday, I saw how happy these dogs were…and learned that they progress from short lead, to long lead, to trailing long lead, to trailing short lead, to no lead walking.  And Dima is patient about it.  He won’t rush the progress.  After that walk with me doing all the work, Barney was exhausted.  And I think he’ll be more so today.

In addition, Barney is going to be going with Roy to Dima’s Dog School on Saturdays in Hendon.  I think it will be good for both of them.

So here’s to a better behaved and happier dog!


What is ‘e?
August 18, 2009, 8:54 pm
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Today I was asked if Barney is an Irish Wolfhound.  Interesting.  But I could see why:

This is a pic of a 10 mo. old Irish Wolfhound

And this is Barney.

I can see the resemblence!  So I wasn’t insulted at all (cause they are quite cute too).  But Barney is definitely a doodle.  Just not the curly coat that many people think doodles have.  Nope, Barney is all doodly love!

Today’s walk officially sucked
August 17, 2009, 8:18 am
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I will repeat it.  Today’s walk (in the morning) officially sucked. 

It started off perfectly well. (Whatever mom…you wouldn’t let me do what I wanted…what’s all this “with me” stuff?)  We’ve been working on the heel using the words ‘with me’. (Oh, so that’s what you are trying to do.  Good luck, cause I don’t like it.)  We then got to the park and Barney was walking around on the longer lead.  Until another dog came in that I wouldn’t let him near and he began to bark like mad. (Well, I just was frustrated.)  So fine, we’ll go somewhere else and try to go on the long lead to do some training.  Put him on it, was just putting the lead into my hand and ZOOOOM…he was off with the lead trailing him, after some small toy poodle like dog.  This dog didn’t love him but I was able to run and retrieve him, apologizing to the owner. (Hey, it was fun, I’m a teenager and we just rebel that way.  It’s just too bad for that dog if he couldn’t handle my natural exhuberance.)

We went after that and did a few sit-stay-comes on the long lead but he wasn’t having it. (After the run I was a bit tired, mum.)  So I decided it was time to go.  He kept giving other dogs the hairy eyeball and pulling toward them, but luckily didn’t bark.  (As I said, I was a bit tired.) 

Then we left the park to walk home.  And the biggest idiot of all times came down the road.  This woman ought to be shot.   She had two little yappy dogs on an extending lead, while smoking.  They got into sight of Barney and went NUTS.  They pulled the lead to it’s fullest extension, barking crazily at Barney & were almost across the street.  The woman is trying to still keep her cigarette & trying to pull in the extension lead,which, if you’ve ever had one with crazy dogs, is next to impossible.  Barney also went nuts, but I got him into a sit against a wall & forced him to stay until the woman could finally get her insane dogs to pass.  Getting him back into control was next to impossible after that as he was just so pumped with adrenaline.  (I’m sorry mummy, but those bad dogs seemed like they were attacking and I had to try to scare them off.  I couldn’t help it.  Really.)  I wasn’t upset so much with Barney as it wasn’t his fault entirely.  He’s just not trained enough to deal with that situation without barking & going nuts.  But I do have to get him to that point.  But that lady ought not to have dogs like hers on extending leads & ought to have better control over them.  And yes, I do see the irony when my dog goes running with the long lead flying across the park….I too have to work on it a lot more.

So there’s my walk.  ARHG!

What’s a hangover mummy?
August 16, 2009, 4:20 pm
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My mummy came downstairs at 8am today (it’s a Sunday).  She opened up the back door and then went and put her head down on the couch.  She didn’t sound very good.  She told me that she was sorry that she would be unable to walk me right now cause she has a hangover.  I wonder what that is?  At least she got up and fed me (we’re doing a hand feeding thing right now so it meant she had to stay upright for a while), gave me water and did pet me.  But she just wasn’t her normal self.  Poor mummy.

Daddy didn’t get up until after 11am.  And he wasn’t much better than mummy.  But he did take me to the cricket grounds and let me walk around on the long lead for about 2 hours (we were meant to go for only 1/2 hour but he started talking to people).  I had a HUGE drink of water when I got home.  And right now I’m kinda sleepy.  If I get to go out for that long a walk whenever mummy is feeling hungover, I hope she feels that way every weekend.

Oh, Barney
August 15, 2009, 11:37 am
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One day, Roy came home from work and we went into the bedroom, closed the door & lay on the bed to chat…which we do quite often.  Then we heard it.  A weird sound coming from the hall.  And then we caught him.  Barney, scratching away at the carpet.  We’re not sure why he’s been doing it – be it anxiety because we’ve kept him out of the bedroom, be it him trying to make the place into his own personal nest, or something else.  But he was ruining our newly laid carpet:

So, we decided that it was time that Barney remained on the ground floor…and so we purchased this for (well, because of) Barney:

It’ll be a pain for us to have to open and close it every time we want to go up & down the stairs, especially when I have a load of laundry.  But it will hopefuly save our carpet and keep Barney from whatever he is doing…he has no access to carpet on the ground floor.

Getting better…
August 14, 2009, 2:41 pm
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In two ways!

1.  His iching has stopped quite a bit.  We figured out that we had forgotten to give Barney his antihistimines for almost a week…and now that he’s had them, he’s back to normal.  Yay…just allergies.

2.  Roy and I have been working with Barney on his loose lead ‘heel’.  We say “with me” instead as it feels more natural than “heel”.  And he’s beginning to get it.  We started doing the work on our street where he is best behaved and most focused…and now moving it to different locations.  He’s getting it.  Slowly but surely. 

I also worked on a long lead today with sit, stay and come.  He did decently even if not perfectly.  But considering he’s only been with us for 6-1/2 weeks, I’m quite pleased.

I go back to work part-time next week and then full time the week after.  It’ll be sad not to be able to work & play with Barney all day.  I relax so much more with him (most of the time).  But we have found him a great dog walker and he’ll have lots of fun with the other dogs.  He’ll still get plenty of exercise between the walker and us.  For once, I’m not going to be looking forward to hockey season as it will take me away from my gorgeous boy a lot more.  Sigh.  At least Roy will be around to play with him!

A pool dash
August 13, 2009, 1:23 pm
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Those of you on Doodle Times or the Labradoodle Assoc. have already seen this, but for others who haven’t, you can get a chance to check out our ‘mad’ doodle and his wading pool: