'Not only is punishment risky, but it also fails to teach the dog an acceptable alternate behaviour. The dog does not learn what to do the next time he is in the same situation. He only learns to fear the situation.' Emma Parsons, Click to Calm p73

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Christmas recap.

The dogs are very tired, and very happy. I'm happy too.

Unfortunately I forgot to take any photos on the day, of the dogs unwrapping (read: ripping apart) their carefully wrapped toys, but they had a blast. They got two new collars each; they got the big box of toys we won from Bert (every toy individually wrapped); they got two water buffalo hide dog toys from my friend who stayed over; and finally, Lola got a brand new, much smaller, boomer ball. She's in love with it again.

I shoved a lot of leftover cooked chicken bones and meat from Christmas dinner into a pan, boiled for maybe five hours, and ended up with a lot of stock (and a lot of remaining meat). The dogs have had half a cup of chicken stock, half a handful of chicken, and a handful of food for dinner last night and breakfast this morning. They are in doggy heaven.

I got some dog-related stuff too (books: Brian Plummer's The Plummer Bible and Practical Dog Breeding, and Michael Brander's Breeding Working Dogs). I'll be writing up a big old post on how Lola and my friend got on (since said friend was here for six days over the Christmas period) tomorrow probably, and I'll also swing around and catch up on happenings in blogland  For now, some quick photos.

The collars are all absolutely gorgeous. Three are from fairytailcollars on etsy: the Dinosaurs on Lime collar, the Red Birds collar, and the Makin' Mischief collar. The other is from eBay. I'm extremely impressed with the fairytalecollars especially - they are just so beautiful, and the lime colour of the Dinosaurs and Mischief collars is really fantastic and vibrant.


Sara said...

Looks like everyone had a great holiday! Love the collars.

An English Shepherd said...

Like the collars :-)

I think we have a Patterdale Terrer book by Plummer somewhere...

Ricky the Sheltie said...

Nice gifts! Sounds like Lola and Jess got a lot of stuff!

Nat said...

Love those collars! Lots of great gifts for both the human and the dogs :)

Tanner and Beth said...

Looks like you had a great holiday!! So happy to hear that everyone had fun.

Hope you have a Happy New Year!

Doggy Kisses,

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