Compilation of Tricks

23 11 2009

Here is the latest video I have put together of Dory’s tricks.  Enjoy.

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More Tricks – Standing in a Bowl

26 06 2009

Here is Dory’s latest and greatest… getting all four feet in a small area.





More tricks

9 06 2009

Dory is doing great!  She is super smart and playful.  Here is a video of her tricks (not included in the video: fetching a ball and bringing it back).





New member of the family

28 05 2009

Last Thursday I got my first dog, a Pyrenean Shepherd.  She is wonderful, cute, and totally smart.  Here is a picture, and a video of tricks she has learned in the last week.  

Chad and DoryHer name is Dory, and her registered name in AKC is “Just Keep Swimming de La Brise”. Clickers are amazing for training by the way.





Helping, one click at a time

26 09 2008

Seeing that I love dogs, I thought I would share a website that I visit daily.

http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=3

Each click on the purple button donates enough money to buy 0.6 bowls of food for cats and dogs in shelters.  After you click, scroll down to the bottom of the page to see daily totals.  Each day (weekday that is… less people click on the weekends) enough people click to donate roughly 200,000 bowls of food.

The Click Count

Results for 9/26/08 at 10:00am

This food is paid for by the advertisements on the page, which surprisingly aren’t that chaotic to look at.  So there you have it, feed some shelter animals and have fun clicking!





Possible future dog…

23 09 2008

Over the past couple months (in anticipation of getting a dog) I have comprised a list of dog breeds that I like.  If anyone could give me advice, concerns, etc. about certain breeds that would be wonderful.

I have always liked shaggy dogs (bearded collies, Tibetan terriers, etc) but recently my attention has been stolen by a breed that I have never seen before… Pyrenean Shepherds.  They come in two varieties: smooth-faced and rough-faced, and lots of colors.

Rough-faced fawn Pyrenean Shepherd

Rough-faced brindle Pyrenean Shepherd

Other breeds that interest me are:

  • Bichon
  • Border Terrier
  • Vizsla
  • Puli
  • Pointer
  • Schiperkee
  • Airedale
  • Beagle
  • West Highland White Terrier
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Norfolk Terrier
  • German Shorthaired Pointer (if they are pretty dark)




A new inspiration…

22 09 2008

Growing up with dogs made for an interesting and fun childhood.  Our family got its first dog when I was around 5.  Shortly there after my mom got involved in showing and breeding different dogs.  The most dogs we had at any given time was prolly around 11 likely including some puppies.  Currently my mom has 6 dogs, which is still a lot, but slightly less than our average for the past 15 years which I would say was 8.

At times having this many dogs seemed like too many, and overwhelmed my sister greatly.  They definitely created a house environment that was more chaotic and dirty (dog hair mostly) than most.

Since going away to college I have missed having dogs around.  Walking around I find that I ask more and more people if I can say hello to their dog(s).  I have always been really good about reading what a dog is thinking by its body language, likely from growing up around them. One of my favorite encounters with a stranger’s dog was when I went to the Wal-Mart over by Fry’s on the 15.  Wal-Mart was conveniently located next to a Petco, and I saw a cute 5-month-old komador puppy exiting the store.  I approached the owner, asked for permission, and received the response “You are welcome to, but she usually doesn’t like men”.  I didn’t see much reservation in the dog, but I knelt down and started petting and playing with the puppy.  I received a couple comments like “Wow, she really seems to like you” and “This is really amazing, she never says hello to men, let alone seems to like them” from the owner, which made me smile and bolstered my confidence.  After only about 30 seconds to 1 minute of visiting with the owner and her dog we parted ways.

Recently I ran across this website http://www.silvia.trkman.net/ and my desire to have a dog has grown even more.  This woman is quite possibly the greatest dog trainer I have ever seen.  She has won nearly every agility competition multiple times, and reading articles on her website has created a great longing for a canine companion in my life.  If you do nothing else, check out the video below.  If you are interested further, visit her website, click “Videos” on the left, and watch some other trick videos (I would recommend “Two Legged Tricks”), you will be amazed by some of the things she has trained her dogs to do.