Very Good Lenses

I just thought I’d post about some really informative and interesting Lenses on Squidoo by Johann the Dog. Since we do dog sports we are very interested in the ones about canine fitness.

Johann has a bunch of lenses you might find very interesting. I swear he must spend all his time online while his Mom is off working to support his internet and agility habits! 😉

The Hard One to Give Up

Okay… yes yes, we got these four amazing smoothies from Houston. And I will tell you, Tatum is going to be a hard one for me to part with. She has spunk. Major spunk and I love it. Good energy level, and she is a great size. I do like the smaller collies, I will admit. Mainly because of the dog sports we do. She would jump 20 inches in AKC I bet. And she is really nicely built for flyball, and would be a hoot to train in obedience. She has a good attitude and is very curious. Both great traits for a performance dog.

So, ya’ll have to tell me I can’t keep Tatum the Tater Tot! 🙂

And so to support these collies I do blog, and you do see some Blog Advertising here and there. This company, Pay U 2 Blog, is my favorite paid blogging company!

Boston Terriers

Maybe I should start a new series of posts about different dog breeds. I love learning about different breeds. My favorite are the herding breeds, but there is one group of dogs that has so many varieties it’s amazing. That’s the terrier group. I have been watching a number of different terriers in agility lately. Up in Blackfoot I was completely impressed by a very fast, accurate, cute and sweet Boston Terrier.

I will admit it, terriers scare me! I was just admitting this to a friend earlier today, as a matter of fact. Oh they don’t scare me like maybe they would bite me or threaten me in any way. Instead they scare me in that they are a handful, and would be a challenge to train. And heck, my border collie is challenge enough for me right now. 🙂 My obedience trainer has often told me that she wants her next dog to be a Boston Terrier. She has Belgian Malinois now. She says she would love to train a different breed of dog, a small dog, to expand her knowledge of dogs.

When looking for information on Boston Terriers, I found a great deal of information on The Dog Guide. I’ll be looking over that site for information about other breeds as well.

Boston Terrier Personalities

Boston Terriers are, first and foremost, terriers. And anyone interesting in buying or adopting a Boston Terrier should realize terriers can be strong willed and stubborn. They are also loving, intelligent, and great companions. I always encourage positive training methods, and Boston Terriers respond best to positive training methods such as clicker training.

Boston Terriers are companions. They are not outdoor dogs or dogs that can be left in a room by themselves. They are not very high energy dogs, but like all breeds they benefit greatly from having things to do, think about, and experience. I don’t see many Bostons in agility. Terriers love to work, and giving them a job, like agility, is a great way to let them learn and grow. Being terriers, a great deal of patience and repetition is needed to encourage them to have fun at dog sports.

Boston Terriers and Health

Boston Terriers have two health issues. First in their eyes. They have large, rather protruding, eyes. The Dog Guide on Boston Terriers recommends that they are never allowed to stick their heads out of a moving vehicle. I advise against this with all dogs, but it’s especially important with Bostons. Their eyes are too exposed and a Boston’s guardian needs to be aware of this.

The Boston Terrier also has a short nose. All short-nosed dogs can have trouble breathing, and Bostons, again, are no exception. Much of the time female Boston’s giving birth must have C-Sections because of the size of the head of their puppies.

Breeding Boston Terriers requires careful research and care, and should not be taken on by anyone who is not a professional, responsible breeder interesting in the betterment of the breed, and willing to do extensive research into the dogs’ genetics.

Boston Terriers as Companions

Boston Terriers are great companion dogs. Being small, they can be apartment dogs that just need walks each day. They also have the potential to be good in dog sports like agility and obedience. Some Boston’s even do weight pulling. They are stout little dogs that love people, and are good with children.

If you are considering a Boston Terrier I hope you will consider rescue. If you see a Boston Terrier in a pet store, he most likely has come from a puppy mill. Boston’s, being small dogs, are more popular as puppy mill dogs. Puppy mills are horrible places where breeding dogs are left in cages and neglected all their lives. Please rescue, or find a reputable breeder.

I’m a Soft Dog

Ugh… well, I’ve been baptized into the ‘got yelled at by…’ club at flyball practice tonight. 🙂 I knew it was coming, and I kinda thought it might be tonight since Chase’s feet are hurt and we couldn’t run. We want to go do flyball in Laramie the end of July, and I guess we needed to get times tonight, but Chase couldn’t get times because he can’t run because of his feet.

So I was yelled at. And, like I was 6, I handled it for a few minutes then had to leave because, despite my best efforts, I started to cry. And it was a weird cry because really I was okay inside, I couldn’t quite stop the tears.

I still like the person who yelled at me. I understand she has a short temper and gets angry at lots of people. I don’t want to be treated that way. And the more stressed she gets, the more she yells. Like I said, though, I still like her and respect her, I just don’t like that about her.

Anyway, I have to laugh now. It’s kinda funny. Looks like we are still going to plan on going to Laramie and we are going to put one of Chase’s old times in. So we’ll see how this weekend goes, and we’ll see how Laramie goes, and then I will decide if it’s something we still want to pursue. We might actually only practice after these tournaments. Because driving at least 5 hours for every tournament is just beyond what I really want to do.

Dog sports are supposed to be fun! 🙂 I am really a soft dog. Many breeds need a soft touch, just like the collies, and I am no different. 😉 Anyway, I’m better now, and I really usually enjoy flyball and the people I have met there. So now, time for bed!

More Chase Lessons

Woo hoo had another lesson with Chase and our instructor. Such great stuff. Our goal is to work him back up into agility, so we can have nice clean runs with good attention.

And to do Rally and Obedience with him. He really has a ton of potential with both. He has such nice heeling when I have treats.

So the continuing plan is to get him to think. To get him hyped up and excited, then have to connect with me before he gets a toy. So we had a tunnel and a jump, and I would put him in a wait and then walk to the other end of the obstacles. Then either just call him to me, or go through the tunnel or over the jump.

He is a goof, he anticipates like crazy. But he was really getting the idea of having to listen to where I was going to say to go. And he loves his toy rewards. But before the toy, he’s have to give me a nose touch to my palm. So this is something we get to work on too.

Next weekend at the agility trial we are going to work some more. In his most drivey environment, so that’ll be fun to see how it goes.

We also did some heeling around the obstacles. And to wean us off the treats on the target stick, I’m going to have a treat, then get it, then touch the stick, then another treat to get it. Then he’ll know if he watches just the stick with no treat, something is still coming. 🙂

He is such a smart boy.

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