This morning I visited the obstacle course to practice the jump (just 4 times) and he did remarkably well. Without the ball and with enthousiasm. I think this hurdle is a littlebit lower than the one at puppyclass, but the basics are the same. He didn't resist all that much. It's just a littlebit more difficult to me to take the hurdle, because there's a rope hanging above it.
I don't want to practice this too frequently, because I don't think it's good for his joints.
Btw is Zhivago evaporating now?
Ox Tales was one of our (me and my brother's) favorite cartoons growing up. It was created in Japan, but based on a Dutch comic. Reason: there's plenty of animation studios in Japan and not so many around here.
Wow, breakthrough! The silly cat and the dog just did nosey-nosey for the first time mrgreen (and that after her smacking him with her paw twice this morning xD ). Even better: she had her dinner while he was in the kitchen. The kitchen is not that big. I'm so proud of them!
Of course I would never leave them together unsupervised, but I'm so glad that they're taking a step towards co-existence.
I forgot to share that there were some sheep walking around in the field - and a lamb - . My mom was allowed to bottlefeed him this time; I was paying so much attention to the dog that I hadn't even noticed. But the dog trainer was training the lamb as well, so now it would follow him around on command rofl It was very cute. It was also great that the lamb was walking around during the distraction exercise = the dogs have to ignore the other dogs and zigzag around them (and their owners) and this time there was also a lamb walking around which they weren't allowed to approach either. Zeno generally has no trouble with this exercize, but now he's 5 months old, he has to sit down and he's not allowed to do anything else. Before he'd sit, walk a bit, stand.
I can't complain about the way Zeno performed during the dog training today. He's 5 months old now so he's advancing to all exercizes.
At the beginning he got his chain collar and walking on the leash went really well. He was paying more attention to me and he ignored the sheep dung. That's progress in my eyes.
He was allowed to jump over a hurdle for the first time. He refused xD Just like a horse. He ran towards it. Froze. And then he ran around it. It's going to take some time before he'll enjoy doing this.
I know a perfect location to practice jumping over hurdles. There's an obstacle course for children on a recreational island nearby and it's usually abandoned (it's kind of hidden in the bushes). So I'll try to get him to jump there. He's shown a lot of resistance, but the dog trainer says he HAS to do it. You're not allowed to give him the opportunity to fail or refuse. So if he won't jump, you practically have to pull him over. Which indeed worked, but I hope he'll actually start seeing the fun in it. He loves the ball and I don't want him to start disliking chasing the ball, because there's a hurdle in the way. I had actually expected him to like this, perhaps he will after some repetition.
The dog trainer thought he was doing very well with the 'stay' command so I'm allowed to make it more difficult for him and.. of course he failed as soon as it became more challenging - so disappointing! gonk So that's going to require some more work.
He was doing a bit better with 'down' as well. His fight didn't last as long as last time, so I could actually repeat the command several times.
After the training we did get the opportunity to ask questions. And his lack of eating lately could be because of his teeth. Today he had two new bleeding teeth which are clearly coming out soon. It's probably uncomfortable and ruins his appetite. I can't complain about his eating habits in general, because two of the people in the class have dogs that gulp down their food and he doesn't do that. No food aggression whatsoever with Zeno so far.
I also asked about his behavior in the house: he's usually trying to jump on me when I sit down on the ground (who does that? I do and I want him to lie next to me, not jump on me) and I really have to be harsher in my corrections there.
Finally I was worried about his lack of sleep. Whenever he's lying down in the hallway or elsewhere in the house he'll get up as soon as someone walks by and the trainer said 'that's his problem'. So we should just.. not worry about it.
Btw It wasn't raining mrgreen (last week was the horror) They predicted a lot of rain for the morning, but it didn't start raining until the class was over. Thank goodness for that.
It's funny how people in the household try to blame the dog for numerous different things. For example, my mom bought a lavender plant and the plant started to deteriorate within a few days and my dad blamed the dog for it even though he hadn't touched it. Or something that's dirty or damaged, while it's not the dogs fault. So far we figured out it was never the dog. rofl
During my morning walk I ran into lots of children and dog owners. I'm glad he was in a good mood, because all meetings went well. He didn't really try to jump on people, just like with us, he goes to them and then stands at their feet as if he's saying 'pet me, pet me please!' it's very cute. Sometimes he even rubs you like a cat xD I'm glad I've taught him to show this behavior and that it's starting to replace the rude jumping behavior. A man (without his dog with him) said his dog was hyper - he called it an ADHD dog - and he never learned to stop jumping. I'm glad that our dog doesn't fall into that category.
I do try to avoid meetings with toddlers. They are just a bit too small (already) for the dog and they usually respond in fear of him, so I don't let him approach them. With children that are a bit bigger he's perfectly alright. He'll also just stand and let them pet him.
With some dogs he's still rather fearful. He needs to learn that - just like with people - he has to stand still and just let them sniff and it will be fine. But if they are too persistent = they walk straight towards him and chase him, it's too intimidating for him and he'll try to flee. He still wants absolutely nothing to do with barking dogs and I'd like to keep it that way. I won't promote any meetings with those dogs. The owners will just have to deal with them.
rofl the cucumbers rofl I think the biggest benefit for most EU countries has been for their economy. But lately (read: years) we've had the financial crisis, and the EU clearly didn't manage that very well either and the richer countries (like Germany) usually have to pay the bill for the poorer countries that have trouble opting for budget cuts (like Greece). So other than trade and the euro which btw has been quite stable? I won't be surprised that it will fall apart. The EU is not the USA after all: these countries don't share the same culture.
I do want the EU to stick together, but I think that there is a lot of room for improvement.
It was our neighbor's birthday and her daughter was there - with her husband and their new dog. The Entlebucher Sennenhund. And oh my goodness it really was adorable xD It was also very calm and sleepy (they had just returned from the puppy course). Quite day and night from Zeno. His name is Hugo and I just love his name too. They regretted not getting this dog sooner, when their kids were still growing up. They let me hold him and he just fell asleep in my arms. Zeno has never done that. Not that I'd with to trade him.
They didn't have much of a choice. There were only two pups left when they made their pick and the other pup didn't have the clear colors or the markings which make Sennenhunds so beautiful. So they went for this one. I do expect that it might be the most quiet one from the litter, but it seems to be a good choice nonetheless. It's 9 weeks old now. I wonder how they'll fair with the dog in the future. They'll be taking it to Austria for their holiday.
Wow, Facebook is being evil. eek I'm - yet again - glad I don't have an account there.
We only had one relatively warm day last week and on that same day giant hail stones droppd down and destroyed an entire village (holes in roofs, cars etc).
rofl the old bat
When will they release the Walking Dead Telltale Season 3 game? I'll write down What Remains of Edith Finch as well.
I'm currently still occupied with GTAV. Yesterday I played one of the more interested missions. With heists you have to make choices, like a getaway car. This time you actually had to drive the getaway car! And you had to hide it in some spot. Somehow I incidentally chose the perfect spot. I actually wanted to get a van as the getaway car, but somehow the game didn't think that was inconspicious enough. So I chose a four door car that didn't stand out. The spot I chose was some industrial area, which looked rather abandoned. The area was called La Puerta, so probably lots of hispanics living there. But the best thing about the location was that it was relatively close to the mission location. And they kept saying 'drive fast, we have to ditch the firetruck and become incognito'. So I didn't really have to worry about not reaching the destination on time and being flooded by the police.
The best part of the mission was one of the characters going in dressed like a cleaner and he had to mop the floor. xD I always choose the dress-up and stealth approach and not the 'go in guns a'blazing' approach. Maybe I'll do those when I replay the game. I also chose to take along some guy called Richards and - he died... awww. I think he was supposed to die, because it was part of a cutscene.