'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

Saturday, 25 February 2012

The Snuggle Terrier.

Not much going on here at the moment. University is kicking back up into 'actually have to do work' mode again. Lola is doing well, Jess is doing well, the dumb little mice are doing well.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Pawsome Blogger Award.

Tanner Trains the Family passed the Pawsome Blogger Award onto us. :) 

Now, here are the eight blogs (alphabetical order) I've chosen that bring us love, laughs and friendship:
- 4 Dog Craziness.
- An English Shepherd.
- Bailey Be Good!
- Black Dog Blog.
- Ci Da: Good Dog.
- Ricky's Life.
- Sara's blog.
- Winnie's Dog Blog.

Keep on being awesome, guys!

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Silly Saturday.

Oh, Lola.

(Posts with content coming soon, lol)

Wednesday, 15 February 2012


It's Jessie's gotcha day today. Since we don't know her birthday, this is the day we use as the day she formally gets older each year.

She's twelve years old now. She's spent the day eating a huge lump of ox tail and sleeping.

Good dog, Jess.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Aims for 2012

It is, perhaps, a little late for a New Years Resolutions type post--but here we go anyway!

- Bring Lola's tricks back up to scratch (we trailed off a few months ago...).
- Teach Lola the basic Rally-o signs (including a solid heel).
- Teach Jess some more tricks. She enjoys them--she's just a whole lot slower to learn than Lola.
- Continue working on Lola's reactivity toward other dogs: I hope that, by the end of 2012, we have reached the point wherein she can be on-leash around a strange dog in a neutral environment without reacting (either ignoring it OR exhibiting inviting behaviours toward it).
- Continue working on Lola's reactivity toward people: so that, hopefully, by the end of the year she is nonreactive when people enter/are in the house (she does not have to have an interest in them, but she should not display aggressive posturing), and she will politely tolerate non-confrontational attention from strangers.
- Expand my library of dog training books, and increase my knowledge on the subject.
- Attend at least one dog training seminar, if at all possible.
- Have two healthy, happy dogs that are ready to conquer 2013.

- Learn to cook more things, and cook more!
- Pass my second year of university.
- Get a part time job.
- Try to find a better balance between uni time, dog time and me time.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Mishmash Monday.

Shamelessly stolen from Sara's blog...

These show pretty much the same pose, except that Jess is still stood on the ground, whilst Lola is leaping up like a thing possessed. I think it shows their personalities pretty well!

Lola and her boomer ball (from iPhone, so please bear with the bad quality!).

Sunday, 12 February 2012

We're back!

Hello there! It's been a while, but we're back now.

In the next couple of days, I'm going to be editing my blog-following list back down to a more manageable level. If I un-follow you and stop commenting (though, well, it's been a while since I commented anywhere) it's not an insult, but the amount of blogs I was following and the weird pressure I felt to constantly comment was part of the reason I stayed away for so long.

In other news, I'm now nineteen! It was my birthday exactly a week ago. And, in three days, it'll be Jessie's gotcha day, and that'll put her at the estimated age of twelve. She's truly an Old Lady Dog now.

The dogs really haven't been up to much. The weather has generally been crappy, so we haven't gotten out as much as I'd like. Lola's coming along nicely with her reactivity, though. Just today we saw six dogs whilst out, and she didn't react to any of them. She's even started to, occasionally, wag her tail when she sees a dog or person, in anticipation of her reward.

The mice are all fine: they're quiet, generally smell-free, and the dogs are no longer bothered by them. They're happy, simple little things.

In closing: a couple of photos.


Looking forward to catching up again! :)