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Thyme learned how to swim and retrieve this week - that hot weather was perfect for a dam visit and happy to say all our pool work has built up both dogs confidence in swimming!

 

Except now he gets in Thistle's way while she is retrieving. I'm sure they'll work it out:

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They both had a consult with primal paws. Both around structural weaknesses. Thistle's focus is standing correctly/stifles not so straight and safe weightpulling. Thyme's focus is general body awareness (he has none) and sitting/dropping correctly.

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I wrote a silly poem about both dogs:

 

I have a dog and
she takes time.

It took time, 
For her to come near.
It took time, 
to defeat her fears.
It took time, 
for people, over a year.
It took time,
to bring another here.
It took time,
to have this dog.

I give her my time.
She gives me her time.

I gave her a puppy.
His name is Thyme.

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Thyme's verse:

it took so much f***ing time to meet the dog people

it took so much f***ing time to meet dogs

it took so much f***ing time to hear back

it took so much f***ing time when litters failed

it took so much f***ing time when puppies died

it took so much f***ing time for paperwork to be done

it took so much f***ing time for us to have fun

it is taking so much f***ing time to train him

it is taking so much f***ing time for him to grow

puppies take up all our f***ing time

but it is this time that will make it all f***ing worth it

to buy a dog named thyme

 

Thyme has play date at the beach with @dididog's new boy

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I lost sight/hearing of Thistle in the bush and was just getting ready to freak out when she came trotting down the road with a wallaby leg. Very pleased with herself

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She's getting some remedial recall training now. aka. grounded.

 

she gets cranky with him sometimes but most of the time they are cuddling or playing:

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Ball faces :o

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dog update!

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been doing LOTS of double dog loose leash walking! please do not pull me when you're in a collar!

When Thyme starts walking like this is when I do a 180 and go the other way. There were lots of zigzags yesterday but my resolution of the night was walking calmly through the pet store door without anyone rushing! Every time he starts rushing I’d...

 

many snoods and much fetch and tug

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SO MUCH TUG

help

 

whatever this is (cute)

hey mum can we have treats

 

our noseworks facility closed :'( so now i have to practice on my own which means i get LAZY

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but i bought the sweet adjustable pipes from them.

 

 

and an updated list for my own memory!

 

Current command list and status...THISTLE

Thistle reporting in. Restarting rebound from scratch, day 1: the human-friend is asking a new trick of me. I am unsure what is desired. The reward, much coveted squeak ball. It fits my mouth.

  • GOOD/YES/*click* - you done good
  • No/ah/oi! - verbal correction/try again markers - aka no dont do that, try something else
  • Recall #1 - Informal, speed. Runs to and past me. Always rewarded. Pretty instant
  • Recall #2 - Formal recall - less speed. Position in front of me.
  • Recall #3 - more of a this way for dog walks, a heads up we're going a different way
  • Wait - whatever position you are in, freeze.
  • Sit - all with implied stay and distraction ignoring. She can do these positions from movement and at about 5m distance. been breaking on sit lately
  • Drop - re-teaching drop again. will stay pretty much indefinitely in position
  • Stand - 80% success rate with strangers, with me by her side. 40% success with me at 2m. No success with strange men
  • Heeling - keep focus for about 25-30 metres with distractions, flip to heel, flip-to-heel-on-other-side, come-around-back-to-heel, heel-between-legs-including-default-sit-drop and she can heel backwards/in circles backwards. Heeling is my favourite "trick" to do with her!
  • Behind - walk around me backwards
  • Between - heeling between the legs! been working on drops when i crouch
  • Hold - hold things in mouth, she has done this upwards of a minute. Has started learning to carry things around.
  • Get it - go get an item! - UPDATE now includes searching out a ball.
  • Bring it - Bring me the item!
  • Open doors - has finally stopped opening except when i command
  • Close doors - This command is both sliding doors and normal doors
  • Out/In - for both doors, gates, store entry and the car. She's not allowed to rush through entry/exits, must wait until I give command. We also have a new game where I recall her then command her to the car over and over ;D
  • "Get the mustard" - "get the beer" but with a mustard bottle ;) open cupboard, bring me mustard!
  • Pivoting - she can do both left and right for multiple spins on one command. Has mostly stopped jumping while pivoting. Can pivot with all 4 feet on a small target...i am not teaching her to pivot with her REAR on a target
  • Touch - and the cousin command "high five". Our touch is a "rest your head in hand" command.
  • Jump - jumps on spot
  • Over - jump over and object
  • Through - through and object
  • Gogogogo - weave through poles (WIP)
  • Back - walk backwards/go backwards - can do about 2m now, but still working on doing it in a straight line. includes going back up inclines.
  • Fistbump - basically shake
  • Leave it - applies to food from the hand, dropped food, her dinner, toys, food from strangers, bones and can even do it while eating a bone! Very pleased she'll do a Leave It when trainers offering her food.
  • On - 2 front feet on a target
  • Up - all feet - she can now do this at a target I point at to in the distance
  • Booty - just the back feet
  • Pull - formerly moosh. Very useful for the treadmill and going up hills - now includes weightpull
  • Muzzle - shove your nose in the muzzle
  • Collar - shove your head in the collar
  • Front - Sit in front close to me and rest chin on hand
  • Crawl - this one is so-so but she can crawl two body lengths
  • Who's that? - go nose boop or sniff that person. NO food rewards, up to her
  • Toilet - piss or shit please
  • Mat - her place command. Not to leave until released. will stay for upwards of 30 minutes while i harden, even with dogs or people walking past. rewards for that
  • Bed - just go to bed, but can get up and drink and stuff.
  • Box - all four feet IN the box. We are now at very small level!
  • Cut - Bite through this thing I put in your mouth
  • Bow - Learning to bow on command
  • Switch - heel on my right side
  • Go sniff- NOSEWORKS TIME
  • Side - come round my right side, behind me to the heel position
  • Beg - as on the tin, sit up and BEG
  • Wiggle - Do the wiggle dance on command (WIP)
  • Gentle - take the treat gently, dont eat my fingers!
  • right - dog spins to their left repeatedly
  • left - dog spins to their right repeatedly
  • Back - walk backwards (up to 2m, including walls sometimes
  • Track - tracking (WIP)
  • Cuddle - come up, slip under my armpit and position tummy for some rubbing :D
  • Release word
  • Turn - idk what to call this. It is ....when you do a 180 in rallyo, you turn one way, dog turns another way and ends up in heel

 

Current improvement focus:

 

Bounce - starting rebound off objects

Drop - correcting the position

Sit - she has been less inclined to hold it lately. may be weather. physical check all clear.

General duration distraction

 

I think i'm hitting Thistle's capacity, she is getting mixed up and can not do as huge variety in quick succession anymore.

 

Current command list and status...THYME

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  • GOOD/YES/*click* - you done good
  • No/ah/oi! - verbal correction/try again markers - aka no dont do that, try something else
  • Recall #1 - Informal, speed. Runs to and past me. Always rewarded. He's pretty speedy
  • Recall #2 - Formal recall - less speed. Position in front of me. Not so good at this
  • Recall #3 - more of a this way for dog walks, a heads up we're going a different way - bit thick headed about this
  • Wait - whatever position you are in, freeze - WIP
  • Sit - all with implied stay and distraction ignoring. He can do a couple of minutes up to 3 metres. After about 3 minutes he breaks, of if hot will lay down. Re-teaching getting into sit position
  • Drop - good drop. good for 3metres. any further, will break to follow
  • Stand - can do a kickback stand into position. can not hold it.
  • Heeling - still working out the position, calling from multiple directions. 
  • Between - heeling between the legs! started on this
  • Get it - go get an item! - includes searching out a ball.
  • Out/In - for both doors, gates, store entry and the car.
  • Pivoting - beginner on this, he has no hind end awareness so it is slow.
  • Touch - and the cousin command "high five".
  • Back - about 30 cm but it straight and includes inclines
  • Leave it - will do it from the hand of myself or a trainer, maybe about 90% of the time. will not succeed with food bowls or items already in his possession
  • On - 2 front feet on a target - dont think he recognises the verbal, but does the signal
  • Up - all feet - touch and go on this
  • Booty - recent successes, continuing to shape
  • Muzzle - shove your nose in the muzzle
  • Front - Sit in front close to me - sits too far away currently
  • Toilet - piss or shit please
  • Mat - he's just graduated to not being tethered for this. needs a low distraction environment and regular rewards for extended period of time
  • Bed - just go to bed, but can get up and drink and stuff. them both doing it at once is hilarious
  • Go sniff- NOSEWORKS TIME
  • Release word
  • Turn - idk what to call this. It is ....when you do a 180 in rallyo, you turn one way, dog turns another way and ends up in heel
  • right - dog spins to their left...once...not yet repeatedly
  • left - dog spins to their right...once...not yet repeatedly

Current improvement focus:

 

Bounce - starting rebound off objects

Sit - i want a tuck sit, he does a rock back sit

General impulse control exercises

More body awareness exercises

Command recognition/differentiation

 

 

This year, I am hoping to enter Thistle into RallyO and maybe get a Novice title :o I have somehow gained a mentor/teacher for that, she is helping me on the weekend. 

 

Maybe lure coursing? There is a fun day this month at KCC. I will take a dog, i dont know which. I'm hesitant to crate her around other people and dogs, makes her nervous...wish i had one of those cars with inbuilt crates where can leave the whole boot open.

 

Thyme I would like to enter into noseworks, but not yet....he is much too excited and knocks everything everywhere and destroys boxes in process...he is an overland 4wd kind of dog. RallyO too, but he much too easily distracted by the smells and people in new locations...just keep practicing!

 

But mostly want to just play games with them, go on hikes, teach stupid tricks  :) and learn how to whistle!

 

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Today I have had Thistle for three years! That makes her four years oldish!

 

 

she is so gorgeous in every way!

 

such a happy gir! for her birthday i got her two more of the kong squeeze toys! so expensive but so strong and stretchy, she cannot break them! they bounce, the squeak, the stretch! they make great tug!

 

 

happy days!

 

 

little brother is present too

 

 

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We'll happy birthday Thistle!! You're a big girl now lol 

 

Greatpics, thanks for sharing :heart:

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I have had Thyme for one year! and a couple of weeks.

 

Can't believe what a chubby pup he was

 

I like his looks better grown now, so solid so serious so fun:

Thyme is currently taking part in scent detection research at university of melbourne

 

 

and finally got to take both of them to the beach and we had the WHOLE beach to our SELVES on a super lovely sunny day!

 

Still working on the whole "don't jump on people" thing

 

However jumping on rocks is thoroughly encouraged but only when I say to:

 

Throw the ball mum!

 

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just a couple of funs.

 

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Thyme is not the slow chill dog i thought i would get (or maybe he is just chill by spaniel standards?) ;) 

 

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Thistle looking unimpressed like she wasn't doing just that earlier

 

a sad face just before the storm really came down on us:

 

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now that thistle is finally of good weight we been building muscle!

 

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but with upcoming winter am concerned, will endeavour to keep weight on. ordering some more pj's and another raincoat (annies coats!)

 

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handsome young man!

 

they both grade a adventure buds

 

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a closer look at thyme's face

 

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give us the treats!

 

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thistle is going to a dog school every couple of weeks to keep things keen, and thyme is working at uni of melbourne in research projects. busy busy dogs but lovely cuddle bugs and adventure buds first and foremost!

 

still hoping maybe enter rallyo sometime soonish, with thistle cause got her first so wanna do stuff like that with her first. be such a big thing to do!

 

that is all

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Thyme is not the slow chill dog i thought i would get (or maybe he is just chill by spaniel standards?) ;) 

Give him a chance! He will settle down in a few more years, more than likely, let him be a teenager! :laugh:


Love your updates!!:love:

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Roova   

Great photos and updates, thanks for sharing. You have very lucky dogs! 

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These photos are pretty much exactly 3 years apart :)

 

may 2015, third dog school lesson

 

may 2018, third year of lessons 

 

expression and posture so different!

 

the third pic is a photo a day after I got Thistle and Scarlet. 15 feb 2015. Peaceful moment where both were baffled by a low flying aeroplane. 

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Thistle singing the song of excitement because she knows when we're going bush:

 

 

Just looked so very handsome in their ruffwear palisades (Thyme's is empty, too young for weight).

 

Then they went through a bog in them so all stinky and muddy now! I have them hanging in the laundry with the heater on. What a smell!

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Everything was cancelled due to rain today. 

Lure coursing

the OTHER lure coursing

dog school

my rallyo and tracking lessons

 

so took the dogs somewhere special 

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Today was major milestone. Together, Thistle and I, defeated our nerves and attended our first ever trial!

 

Where not only did we get a third, second and first!! but! she also got her rally novice title! :D first ever title!

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(pending tedious paperwork of course)

 

She tried very very hard and did really really well for a very VERY worried dog!

 

She is absolutely EXHAUSTED

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The weather was horrendous (but it is okay when you lay in the dog den and drink coffee while cuddling the dog)

 

But truly I am going home with the best dog <3 <3 <3 

 

(and i only cried twice, anyone who says otherwise is lying ;) )

 

 

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Oh :) What a wonderful effort by you both!! 
Congratulations , and well done . 
So much hard work and patience and love has gone into this day ...!!

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Fabulous going Thistle.  Congratulations, really!  (Don't you love the total collapse after they've had to do stuff and think too all day)?

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