Friday, October 21, 2011

Fun Friday

Not a whole lot to update with but these photos were so cute I wanted to post.  Today we played in the field across from the apartment.  I brought treats to reward them every time they came back to me.  This worked great with Darby, Serena not so much.  But they did sit nicely for this pic:

I brought them to let Ashley, a pug I am watching, out.  Serena was being bad and trying to chase the cats so she was on a leash.  Darby was being good and couldn't figure out what Ashley was.  He wanted to play with her.  She just watched him thinking he was crazy:

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Darby goes to the airport and works with a scooter

Darby doo had a busy Thursday last week.  First we drove to the airport to pick up Cassie and Einstein.  Einstein is a 5 month old golden retriever that is going to be trained by Brian and his family to be Brian's service dog.  I parked my car and walked Darby into the airport to see what he would do.  He ignored everyone and was awesome! 

He did growl when he saw Einstein so I am going to have to expose him to more dogs.  We plan on hanging around PetSmart for awhile.  After we picked up Einstein, Cassie and Cassie's brother Mike, we all hoped in my car and headed south to see Brian.  We were a little early so we stopped at a Target and decided to work with a motorized scooter.  Darby has never worked with one before so he got too close at first and his paw got run over.  He was okay and quickly learned to give the scooter some space.  Luckily the scooter went about a mile per hour because I don't have a clue how to drive one.  Here is Darby doing a "my lap" in one of the aisles:  

Cassie and Einstein joined us for a picture.  Of course Darby looked everywhere but at Mike taking the photo.  These series of photos make me laugh:

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Darby Push and other random things...

Darby is now 5 months old and still growing like a weed.  He is the same length as Serena (I think his tail might actually be longer) and is about an inch shorter than her at the shoulder.  I haven't weighed him recently but I think he is pushing 50 pounds.  He is a delight to work with.  Yesterday I decided to have a formal training session with him (normally we just work on things while he is with me).  He gets so excited when we do a formal training session.  This puppy is so food motivated!  I pull out kibble and he is bouncing off the walls trying to get it.  He has started doing what Serena does when I have food; he will go through all the commands he knows thinking that will get him food even though I didn't ask him to do anything!

I decided to work on "push" yesterday.  Both Alice and I had worked with him with the push board (a plastic board that has a hole in it, that if he pushes it with his nose our fingers with a treat come through the hole.)  He was doing super good with the push board.  Alice also had been working on him pushing doors to come get her (like she goes into the bathroom, closes the door part way and then says Darby "push" and in order to get to her he has to use his nose to push open the door.)  All this had been going super well so I decided to just go straight to cabinets and drawers.  My cabinet doors close super easily so we started with that because all he really had to do was touch it slightly with his nose and it would slam shut.  Here is a video of him closing the cabinet.  This was after about 10 min of practicing on it.

Notice how he knows what "thats it" means.  I never used this command with Serena because I didn't know how to use it or understand the importance and I tried to use it with Jack but never really got to the point where I saw it working.  I have been using it with Darby and oh boy does it work.  "Thats it" means you are getting close keep going.  I said it when he looked at the cabinet then he started pushing it.  So cool to actually see "thats it" work!

We also worked on pushing drawers closed.  These are a little hard to push closed so he wasn't so sure what he had to do.  I didn't get a video of it but he figured out he was supposed to touch the drawer with his nose and apply pressure.  Once we got there I moved back to the cabinet so that he could actually close something and succeed with push.  

On another note; Darby is fully registered with the AKC.  His registered name is MAWP Sturbridge's Can't Touch This.  MAWP is for My Angel With Paws, Sturbridge is the kennel that bred him and Can't Touch This is from the MC Hammer Song.  Alice and I decided on Can't Touch This because every time he gets a toy from Serena or Jack he moves around like MC Hammer and acts like he is awesome.  Plus it is super fun to break into dance after saying his name.  When I registered him I also bought a certified pedigree.  So fancy!  His momma and daddy both have OFA excellent hips.  Excellent is very hard to achieve on the OFA scale.  The scale is Excellent being the best, Good, Normal, Fair and Poor being the worse.  Serena's hips were falling under the fair and poor categories.  We are hoping that since Darby's parents have such good hips that he will too!  He is also fully registered so that if he is bred, his puppies can also be AKC registered.  Darby is a high class boy!