houndlove

houndlove

I came originally to this forum to help people who were having problems with things I've had some experience with, and also to get help for things I have trouble with. It's been a very long time since I've engaged in either of those two things, so I think ...

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Wed, Jan 23 2008 1:02 PM

How did I not know about this? Smartflix, like Netflix but for how-to DVDs, has a pretty good selection of dog training DVDs, with several agility and clicker titles (hello 7-DVD set of advanced clicker training with Kathy Sdao! and Really Reliable Recall ...

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Fri, Jan 18 2008 11:01 AM

So of course because Marlowe did so great in class last week, this week was like the Coonhound Agility Comedy Hour. Good thing the class is so low pressure and our trainer is such a hoot. So starting now, it's time to put the obstacles on verbal cue. ...

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Thu, Jan 24 2008 9:16 AM

Conrad's been having on and off lower-back problems since last spring. It was touched off by an injury that he was on deramax for, and when the acute injury healed he was left just feeling occasionally...ouchie.  He's nearly 8 years old and a large dog ...

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I had to get a new air filter for our furnace last night (um, we haven't changed it since we moved in...in May? is that bad? lol) and picked up a few items to work on a couple dog-related projects I've been ruminating on. But first, a totally unrelated ...

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Wed, Jan 9 2008 11:50 AM

Oh my little coonhound boy, how he continues to impress! Monday was our first night back at agility after a two week break for the holidays (and only our second night in intermediate level). Our trainer was busily setting up a course when I arrived and ...

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The room that Marlowe spends his days in while I'm at work is in our finished basement. It's not the Taj Mahal but it's got a window and carpet and his bed and his crate in it, and I leave him with his full complement of stuffed goodie toys.  But I'm ...

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Just thought I'd share real quick the secrets of Marlowe's bed. This is for people who've got a lot of space (which we don't have, but Marlowe has his own room so this is his bed in there) because this bed is not subtle, but it is well off the floor for ...

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Fri, Dec 28 2007 10:57 AM

Just a quick silly post today that has nothing at all to do with Conrad's reactivity (OMG!). My parents got the boys an extra large dog bed for Christmas and both of them are just over the moon about it. I even rearranged the den so there was more room ...

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Wed, Dec 26 2007 5:46 PM

I have quite consciously in my life chosen to not work in typical corporate settings--the pay is usually lower but for me the better benefits and better work environment more than make up for that.  All of my office work has been in non-profits or educational ...

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Last night was our first night in the intermediate "agility just for fun" class. Marlowe was just amazing but me? Can you say handler error, folks? I am really hopeless! You know in Clean Run and various agility books all those diagrams for work on the ...

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Fri, Dec 14 2007 11:55 AM

On our walk last night there was another opportunity for Conrad to demonstrate how far he has come. Our normal walk route takes us around a fenced ball field. I normally don't use it for off-leashing because there are signs plastered all over it saying ...

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Wed, Dec 12 2007 10:31 AM

Since we've begun working with Conrad on his reactivity, his behavior at our front window has improved about one million percent. I hesitate to even say "improved" because that implies that there's still something left that is a problem. There isn't. ...

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We graduated from Beginner agility! We're actually on week 5 of our second 8 week round through beginner, but the next class up (it's a "agility just for fun" class) runs concurrently on the same night at a different time so today our trainer told us ...

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That's right! It's a collar that lights up! It kinda blinks too, it's pretty cool. It makes me feel like I'm at a rave every time I walk him at night. Nnnce nnnce nnnce nnnce....   And because I couldn 't resist taking a picture of this: ...

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Just a few random shots exploring the mystery of Conrad and his beloved chair. We brought this old chair home from my inlaws' in the summer and int the past month or so Conrad has just become an addict. He barely fits in it, but he sleeps in it all night ...

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It's that time of year again. It's poop-sicle season. For some reason, though neither of my dogs are poop eaters during the rest of the year, they just can't seem to resist those crunchy frozen nuggets in the winter. What is it about the frozen poop? ...

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Fri, Dec 7 2007 12:49 AM

I'm still kind of coming down from the adrenaline. I was a couple blocks from home with Marlowe when I looked over to see an elderly man sitting on his porch, which is kind of odd considering it's about 25 degrees and snowing here. Looked again closer ...

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Fri, Nov 30 2007 11:36 AM

Oh man. Those dogs better be glad I love them so much or they would have been toast after last night's walk! Of course, nothing that happened was the result of malicious intent on their parts, but it was just the perfect storm of bad dog behavior. By ...

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Tue, Nov 27 2007 12:52 PM

This is actually about cats, but everything in this scenario applies to dogs, or ferrets, or rabbits, or rats, or whatever your pet of choice is. And it explains once again why shelters and rescues have the rules that they have, especially concerning ...

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We live about a mile and a half from the zoo, so thought today we'd go see what's shaking at the zoo in the middle of November. We had a great time, full picture slide-show here: http://good-times.webshots.com/slideshow/561569160qBJJuT But here's a few ...

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Fri, Nov 23 2007 8:12 PM

So what did you guys think? I don't get to watch dog shows on TV that much because I don't have cable, so this is sort of a highlight of my year. I really know next to nothing about the technical ins and outs of conformation showing, so I just kind of ...

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Anyone want to have a discussion about this book? Also, because the format of the book is sort of a guide to having a group class, I would love to discuss some ways to adapt it's lessons to a more solo situation. ...

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Sat, Nov 24 2007 8:32 PM

So DH and I were out on Saturday night and wound up getting in to a very enthusiastic discussion with another couple who are friends of friends about House , and we both realized that despite the fact that House is the highest-rated show on Fox currently ...

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