Monday, August 2, 2010

A New Boyfriend and Freestyle Practice

A girl can never have too many admirers. However, I like them to be well behaved and they must follow my signals about what is the appropriate way to play with me. I am very good at flirting with them and training them to play appropriately.

Jix is a handsome, young Retriever/Collie who was recently adopted by a nice family. They are doing a great job in training him but they told Barbara that he gets very overexcited when he sees new dogs. Barbara suggested that they come to the training center so that Jix could meet me.

He did get very excited when he saw me, lunging and barking. I am used to this reaction and it doesn't bother me. I knew Jix was just stunned by my Gordon Setter beauty. What boy wouldn't be?? So we practiced walking by each other until Jix calmed down. He got lots of good treats for passing by calmly. After awhile he realized that I was not impressed by his antics and settled nicely.

We got let off leash and of course Jix wanted to sniff me. Now I am happy to be sniffed politely, but intensive sniffing of my personal areas is quite annoying. My body is my own! I flipped around and told Jix to behave.

He stopped but then couldn't help himself (how could he resist?) and went back to trying to sniff me. I chased him off smartly!

After a few times Jix got the message. See how he is politely averting his eyes? That is how I like all my boyfriends to behave. Then we had some nice playtime together.

On Saturday we met up with our friends from the Carolina Canine Freestyle Guild for a meeting and practice. The meeting was so boring that I fell asleep. What can people talk about for an hour and a half?? Finally it was the dogs turn to get in the ring and practice. We worked on our freestyle routines and then I got to learn something new - platform pivots.

I had to learn to stand with my two front feet on a little platform while my back feet stayed on the ground. At first I thought that this was very silly and kept jumping over the platform. But Barbara kept clicking and treating me for putting my paws on the platform and after awhile it was very easy.

Then I had to learn to move my rear feet while my front ones stayed on the platform. This is harder than it looks but with clicks and treats I could do it.

Barbara was quite pleased with this. She said it will help me with my left pivots in freestyle and rally. It is also good exercise. Now she wants to teach it to Ambrose although where we will get a platform large enough for his big feet, I do not know.


Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Yuu-Chan and Bibi-Chan said...

Niamh, you are such a star! I wish I could be one of your boyfriends! #1 says I always behave like a gentledog.


Mango said...

Hey! I do that trick too! Wow!

You gals are all the same. Teasing us with your silky furs and come hither looks and then getting all grouchy when we go in for the private examination. Sigh.


Agatha and Archie said...

The nerve of that kid but you told him!!! ( I usually use my extremely high pitched bark which pierces through PL2's ear drums.. gets them every time) Listen you might find this hard to believe but Archie is is in the hall trying to balance on a couple of phone books.. it's not going too well from all the crashes I am hearing.. LoveA+A

Lorenza said...

Hi, Niamh!
Glad he understood that you did not want that deep sniffing!
You are the best doing tricks!
Kisses and hugs

Fred said...

I think I could use a few lessons from you! Wowowow!

Toffee said...

Nice job standing your ground! A beautiful girl like you needs to know how to protect herself.

take care!

Maggie and Mitch said...

Nice job teaching Jix manners on how to treat a real lady, Niamh!
Dad has lots of wood here! Is a
4'X8' sheet of plywood large enough for Ambrose's tootsies? Let us know and we'll mail it off to you!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

You are so sweet to help that Jix out. Sure glad you learned that new trick..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

Hi there Niamh,

Jix is so handsome, how cool that you got to help him with his manners. :)

That is a great new trick!

Have a great week!

Deefor said...

You are a good trainer. My brother Arrow is kind of over-excited. I bet you could set him straight I gotta warn you though that sometimes he's a humper.