Doodle Daze – A blog about a labradoodle

A rising star
October 24, 2012, 10:17 am
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So, two weekends ago, we went with Barney to the Norfolk coast.  We didn’t go the entire weekend, but left on Saturday after my hockey match.  It seems kinda crazy to travel 2-1/2 hours for one night, but there was a good purpose.  Barney, along with 14 other dogs, and his dog trainer/walker, Dima, were going to filmed for a future tv programme on ITV (I’ll post when it’s airing).

On the Sunday, all the dogs arrived at Hunstanton beach to begin the process of filming.  Hunstanton is a really pretty beach with an amazing tidal system.  When we arrived, the tide was out and it was out a long way…by the time we left (many hours later) the tide had come in and the waves were strong.

The day was mixed in terms of weather (hello, England) – we had torrential rain, sun and everything in between.  Luckily, the dogs didn’t care – they were having so much fun running up and down the beach, being filmed in all their glory.  They got to play together in the waves (yes, this made me nervous in case one of the dogs got tired and dragged out too far) and ran around the beach with each other.  It was very, very cool.

Barney was exhausted by the end of the day, which is why he allowed us to take this final picture before Roy’s phone died (mine already did before we reached the beach):

Our dog, Barney, the superstar



How could you NOT love him?
October 3, 2012, 5:35 pm
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Barney is famous again
July 25, 2012, 8:31 am
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Barney was part of a BBC show with his dog walker, Dima.  He was on the Chrissy B Show…it’s right at the beginning.  He’s one of a few black dogs, so you have to really look to find him – he is the fluffiest and has on a green collar.  Enjoy!

Barnney & his Daddy
June 10, 2012, 9:46 am
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Keeping an eye on what daddy’s doing

The new trim
May 29, 2012, 11:41 am
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Barney without his curls after his summer trim!

A break in the bad weather
May 15, 2012, 5:05 pm
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Hand feeding triumph!
April 18, 2012, 12:12 pm
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I thought I’d post one of our successes of hand feeding plus our latest hand feeding project we have going. As you know from hearing/reading about our pup, Barney can be an anxious dog…when we got him he was fearful of almost anything. Working with Dima, doing hand feeding and patience has helped him a lot.

One thing we wanted to be able to do with him was give him a blow dry when he was wet after a walk. He wouldn’t even come near the thing at first, even when it was off. I used hand feeding around it, then had him touch it to get food, then hand fed him when it was on, etc. now he begs to get a blow dry whenever I use the hair dryer on me!

My current project is to get him okay with the hair razor as we’d like to cut off some of his excess hair when it gets warmer. I’m using the same techniques and he now spontaneously touches the razor if it’s on the floor. He’s still scared of it when it’s on, but he’ll get there. I just wanted to put this out there to show that what Dima talk about really works. Barney is a changed boy from when we got him almost 3 yrs ago from the rescue.  Hand feeding and positive reinforcement works!

I’ll be certain to get a video of Barney doing this soon and post it in the Barney Youtube Channel!