Moby finds his joy!

 

 


I never thought we would be running two dogs at scent work, but here we are! Moby is totally enjoying class since it involves loads of food. He may be slow, but he’s pretty sure at what he wants. The above video was taken during one of the winter classes. At that time, I was running both in back to back classes. That’s proven to be a horrible idea since they feed off each others reactive dog responses. It also doesn’t work when I have to wrangle both dogs in and out of the building. Hazel now attends the advanced group, Moby the intermediates.

As of last week, he became an official member of the scent work world. His first odor trials are in mid May. We will be making a trip up to Washington, along the gorge, for the event. Once he passes, we will start thinking about entering his first NW1 trial. He actually stands a better chance, at this time, for successfully passing through all 4 courses. Hazel is having issues with locations and people. Much more exposure is needed for that girl!

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Toy Test: Wild Thang

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Toy: Wild Thang Bungee Tug

Company: Genuine Dog Gear  www.genuinedoggear.com

Dog Response: Four paws up from Hazel, Moby, Zeek and Reggie!

Price: around $25

Description:  2 strips of 16″ hide with fur sewn onto sturdy nylon webbing. Nylon handle with bungee tug portion attached to the hide at one end. Well sewn and assembled to last hours of tugging fun.

Downside: Your dog will have tufts of fur stuck in their teeth. Your house will also have small clumps of dark fur appearing during play. Your dogs will want YOU to play with them!

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I happened to be in Bend, Oregon last weekend visiting a dear friend and her two Doodles, Zeek and Reggie. We made a trip to her favorite pet store (Pet Express) in search of harnesses for the boys. I had to check out all their cool toys and found a new one to test. What dog could resist a buffalo/sheep skin tug toy? None of our 4 testers turned this toy down.

Reggie was tester #1 and he would NOT let go. We played for a solid chunk of time with him almost pulling me across the hardwood floors. Zeek even got excited, which was surprising! I almost felt guilty for taking the toy away. They were enjoying it so much.

At home, Hazel took to the toy immediately and I’m considering using it as a reward after a successful scent work run. Moby also grabs this toy and plays tug with Hazel. He’s not been a big tug toy dog and this is the first toy we can really do this with thanks to the solid construction.

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Moby and his new Wild Thang toy

Destructibility: Could a dog chew this toy apart? Yes they could, especially if you leave it out unsupervised. I suspect the first part to go would be the nylon handle/bungee section. The hide/skin portion is pretty tough, but any determined dog could certainly chew through it as well. The company states “Workmanship & materials, 100% guaranteed. Totally washable, drool & drip resistant.” Notice it doesn’t say chew proof, so don’t trust your dog.

Conclusion: Well worth the investment! Happy dogs and a happy owner!

Toy Testers: Reggie and Zeek are both 75 lb labradoodles. Moby is a 79 lb German wire/short hair pointer. Hazel is a 17 lb Cairn terrier mix. 

 

 

 

Halfway

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It’s been 9 months since the boys joined our house. We’ve been through many ups and downs, bringing laughter and crying/frustration in the same day. The first 6 months were fraught with so many fights between Zeek & Moby I was about to give them all away! Most of that has dissipated but new things are cropping up. We now have a rule instated after an incident last week. No single person will walk all 3 dogs at one time. It makes it impossible to control all of them when trouble arises. Last week it was a cat that got a whooping from Zeek. Cat nail sheaths were lodged in Moby’s neck and Dave’s leg. Zeek got a few face scratches but that was about it. Our neighborhood is filled with house cats and for a dog who wants to destroy all those evil felines, it isn’t a good match. Just another reminder why we need to move out of the city.  Dave went back to find the cat owner but was unable to figure it out. He talked to several households but no luck. The cat ran away after it’s stint of beating up the dogs and Dave. I’m pretty amazed that our cats have avoided massive confrontations. If he attacks our cats, he will have to move out.

Reggie, on the other hand, is becoming rather comfy in the dog friendly home. He now sneaks up on the bed when he gets the chance. Pretty hard for him not to since Moby is allowed. It’s a dog house and everyone is allowed on the furniture, but not the dining room table! That’s where I put my foot down.

Fleas are the other sore point right now. Both Zeek & Reggie got flea baths today. Everyone is on a topical, but it’s going to take a few months to break the cycle. Next week they all go in for shots at the vet. That will be loads of fun…. NOT!

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Reggie and Moby in the studio.

Hair cuts

Life has been horribly swamped and the dogs have not been thrilled. Normally, they are the center of attention, receiving loads of daily love. Right now, they are lucky to get daily walks and pats on their scroungy heads. Last week that changed when we made 2 trips to the groomer. Reggie finally got a real bath!

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After his much needed bath and blow out, the groomers started in on the buzz cut.

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Mr Lovey Dovey just had to try and kiss anyone close.

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All done and ready to go! Talk about a super soft coat! I’ve been calling him the Velveteen Rabbit since then. Zeek and Moby were very surprised at the change, but everyone seems happy about their new doo’s. Next week is vet visits to update shots. I don’t think they will be half as thrilled at that experience.

 

 

Coat change

Happy January 2014!

Noodle Doodles certainly have a wide variety of coats, quite evident in the two at our home. Zeek took after the poodle side of the family. Here are a few images of what he looked like back in August, December and now January.

This was mid-August when he arrived…

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Fast forward to December and the snow. Man what a furry mess!

zeekprecut1zeekprecut2 He looked like a woolly sheep/bear combo!

Today he looks a bit different after a grooming adventure. We visited the husband and wife team at Wash Your Paws Pet Grooming in Albany. They were great! A big “paws up” for their work.

zeekcut1 Zeek with the head of fluffy-do!

Final results:zeekcut3

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I think he’s a happy guy now. We brought out his inner poodle to match his personality! I learned all about ear hair and other poodle things.

If you want to see Zeek at an all time low, please check out the post on my other blog titled “The Creature” . Talk about a total muddy messy situation.