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!

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. 

 

 

 

Nosework Fun

Hazel has been progressing quite well through her classes. So well, the vet was totally surprised by her change in personality. Such a different dog from 6 months ago! No more massive barking and distrust of everything! She’s gone through 2 nosework courses and one reactive dog class. We still have a long ways to go…

Below are two YouTube videos of Hazel and I working through a course. The first is from last week, second from this week. We’re getting trained in all three scents (clove, anise, birch) and she is now recognizing scents not paired with food! I’m learning to get out of her way and keep her moving forward to new scents.

Nosework has been great for teaching her to connect with me, plus trust new environments. We’re signed up for our third class. More videos to come….

Sharon Gakstatter is the instructor and narrator of the video. Wonderdogs is the training facility.

 

 

The big dog

  
Hazelnut here! It’s been a full week since joining the house and life is getting better. I’m finally friends with Moby! Granted, we don’t sleep together, but we do play some. Outside he chases me around the yard. Inside I attack and bite his head. I’m still figuring out why my new family doesn’t like me biting their hands and jumping up in their face. So perplexing! All I’m trying to do is give them attention. If I can bite moby’s face, why not theirs? 

Tuesday I tried to fly. Mom was down below poop scooping the yard, I was on the deck and decided to take a shorter route down. Who wants to use the stairs when you can jump? So I did and landed on the muddy ground. Mom freaked out and checked over my entire body. She watched me like a hawk until bedtime. I’m fine, but have decided that route might not be attempted again ( plus they’re putting up chicken wire to keep me from forgetting).

It’s Thursday and rainy! I’m not super thrilled with going outside and Moby hates the wet. Looking like another indoor day. 

Ta ta for now!

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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.