Shameless boasting thread. Please join in!

(45 Posts)
MikeOxardInTheSnow Wed 06-Feb-13 20:58:17

We got our lab about a month ago, he's 7. He is so great, I have to boast somewhere!

The other morning I was faffing about before feeding him, and he asked to be fed. I don't know how to explain but he came to me and just his body language and the way he was looking at me, it was really clear he was asking me to follow him. I got up and followed him and he walked to where his food is kept and looked at me then the food etc. I just think this is so clever, he was communicating with me and doing a really good job of it, the message was so clear.

He has learnt to walk really nicely on the lead now and has improved massively with his reaction to cats (still needs work on that though).He does commands really well too (sit, paw, beg etc). He is such a great dog and I'm so proud, I love him loads!

Tell me about your great dogs.

LadyTurmoil Wed 06-Feb-13 21:47:36

He was a rescue, wasn't he Mike? Sounds like he is really loving being one of your family grin Fantastic!

MumOfTheMoos Wed 06-Feb-13 21:49:42


Sherbert37 Wed 06-Feb-13 21:56:24

Great a stealth boasting dog thread! Mine knows so many words and I mean really knows them. She does that cocking her head to one side as if she is listening intently. Just love her to bits.

RedwingWinter Wed 06-Feb-13 21:59:56

That's fantastic!

Okay, my boast. Yesterday DH put some meat on a plate for a snack, then left it on the arm of the sofa for a moment. We came back in the room to find Dog2 sitting staring at it from a couple of inches away, but he never tried to eat it, just sat there hopefully. (Of course he was immediately given some as a reward for not scarfing the lot!).

topbannana Wed 06-Feb-13 22:08:08

Lovely thread smile
GingerDog will fetch a box of tissues if you fake sneeze, can be shot dead with an imaginary gun and does a rather fetching "high five" (or "bonjour" when holidaying! grin)
He is also a reasonably good gundog.
There have been points in my life where I have had way too much time on my hands grin

MikeOxardInTheSnow Wed 06-Feb-13 22:14:23

Thanks all. :-) Turmoil he was rehomed from a family who just didn't have time for him (working full time, no exersize etc).

Sherbert, there's no stealth about this one, haha! DoggieCoxhard definitely knows 'walk'. When you say it, even in conversation, he gets excited.

Redwing how fab! Dh and dd have both lost meals that way. <Shakes head> when will they learn...

MikeOxardInTheSnow Wed 06-Feb-13 22:15:26

Topbanana that's amazing! Everybody needs that much time!

MikeOxardAndWellard Wed 06-Feb-13 22:26:14

Well I have dubbed him Wellard, in an hilarious Eastenders tribute, and have namechanged accordingly. Every dog needs an mn username really, don't they?!

DeDevilTail Wed 06-Feb-13 22:37:03

Boasting thread, eh?

<thinks hard>

My dog is 9 this month and I haven't killed the bastard.

Anyone who knows him will agree that this is quite an achievement.

Ahh your dog sounds lovely.

I don't need a second invite to boast about my dog, he's great! He is a 6 month old scruffy looking furry gremlin faced Border Terrier and he is just so much fun. Walking him up the wood today I can't help but smile at how happy and waggy he is.

He loves clicker training and learnt sit, down, stay, leave, paw, beg, spin, roll and talk grin in 2 or 3 attempts each. I just need more imagination to think of what to do next!

Though my next project is recall with distractions <weeps and rocks in corner at the prospect as he becomes all terrier like enthusiastic in the face of adventure>

Sherbert37 Wed 06-Feb-13 23:10:19

Mine's a BT too with a scruffy furry face. Obsessed by food which make training and recall quite easy, especially now she is older.

MikeOxardAndWellard Wed 06-Feb-13 23:18:23

Haha! We have to work on recall too. In a big open park it's not good at all. He is great with the kids though, ds is 6 months and has run over and into him with his walker, and likes to stroke his face, but sometimes grabs. He doesn't mind at all, he'll sit there or move out the way, he loves to lick his face too! Dd is 3 and scared of most dogs, but loved WellardDog instantly and is really confident with him. She tells him come, sit, leave etc and he does. :-)

Sherbert37 Wed 06-Feb-13 23:20:43

Oh and fan, what about jumping an obstacle course? We set one up in the house and she loves going over and under. Can jump higher than the dining table.

That is a good idea sherbert and something ds would love too. It most be like an obstacle course sometimes mind when he is chasing his own toys around amongst ds's stuff!

Unfortunately mine is a little 'meh' with food. The only thing that interested him slightly was sausage but that upset his rather delicate tummy. At puppy class he wouldn't even touch the chicken and cheese I used to take. I have never found a food item that can match a dog or new person to throw yourself at for excitement value.

Reliable recall will be interesting! I have ordered the book Total Recall and a 30ft lead to use as a trailing line as recomended at puppy class so we'll see. He is worse in the open too. I always joke that I walk in woods like a lead ninja ready to clup him on at the slightest hint of movement spotted!

Mooycow Thu 07-Feb-13 10:07:53

Mine waits on the mat when churning up the grass, i mean comes in from the garden, and has her paws wiped.
If we dont count 1,2,3,4 then she waits until we do it again, anything for a biscuit

Great positive thread, may I join? What amazing stories of fab dogs! Well done Mike for starting the thread.

Puppy is 16 week old Springer and has been a dream. Crate trained, placid, house trained in a week, loves training, lovely manners - not too 'in your face' with humans or dogs.

All this given he had a terrible start in life - he was from A Breeder!! gringrinsmile.

I am especially proud of the fact that, from 12 weeks, you could ask him to go 'down' then place a piece of liver on each paw and ask him to wait, which he will do (quivering slightly and staring intently) till you tell him he can eat it. Also, yesterday, the doorbell went, he stopped at the kitchen door when I asked him, sat and waited when I asked him, then came for a fuss when I asked him, star.

His other attribute is he is fab with other dogs, he must give off the correct signals to them (ie 'I am a wuss' don't worry about me'!). Even my friends resuce GSD who barks incessantly and puts off most dogs (it's early days for her) responds to him as he keeps gently asking to play but ignoring her over enthusiasm and barking, other have less patience or are nervous. he does all the circling, laying down, looking away etc etc.

Of course he jumps up a bit and pulls on the lead and ignores me too but he is a wonderful work in progress going in the right direction and we love him.

And for DH, who has mental health issues, he has been marvellous smile

LOL DeDevil!

issey6cats Thu 07-Feb-13 13:21:19

my hound will never be a high acheiver but i am proud of her, history she is a coonhound cross who is about 8 years old, till last year when she was dumped outside a rescue in cyprus she was a puppy farm breeding bitch, so probably never had any real love and she has definitely been beaten, she has a scar on one shoulder and boobs that have seen a lot of puppies feeding off her,

boast bit i took her on sight unseen so far she has handled, the flight from cyprus, trip from heathrow to halifax, meeting four very bolshy this is our house cats, several grandchildren and so far has not snapped at any one of them, she is sweet natured and has fitted in with our house very well.

Issey - What a life. What a fab dog smile

MrsDeVere Thu 07-Feb-13 13:31:24

My dog is small and very cute.

He plays with my young DCs and puts up with rough and tumble.

He goes to bed with them to help settle them and then comes out when they are asleep.

He is in for a big shock on Saturday though. I may be less proud of him by Sunday when he starts weeing on my bed and the sofa....

I have a massive boast grin

LittleDog is doing his bronze award on 16th march.

If you all only knew how much time and actual tears it has taken to get him to this point you would be thrilled for me grin

Hullygully Thu 07-Feb-13 14:32:30

oh oh

my dog will come and find me wherever I am in the house and stare at me, then tap me on the knee if I ignore her, then go to the door and back until I follow, then lead me to wherever someone has left some food and flick her eyes at it and then at me as if to say, "Look! Food on its own, no one wants it, give it to me."

She also does High Fives

digerd Thu 07-Feb-13 16:07:55

I used to feed my 2 Westies and a Lhasa Apso every day at 4pm. If I was late, she would rattle it and call once, if I ignored it, soon she would call twice and a bit louder, ignored it again and it would be 3 calls in a more insistant tone. The Westies just waited to see what I did.

MikeOxardAndWellard Tue 12-Feb-13 11:16:39

Aw, lovely clever dogs!

mrsdevere What have you done to him? How is your bed/sofa, peed on yet?!

SillyTilly123 Tue 12-Feb-13 13:04:59

Oh i didn't know we already had a boasting thread! Isn't it a great feeling when your dog learns something new? Its like having dc all over again grin

theodorakisses Fri 15-Feb-13 09:13:43

Worral the MN pup has just learned that visitors can be nice and give you bacon rather than bolting and growling at the sight of a new person. A huge breakthrough and just as we'll, it was costing a fortune to pay local teenagers to pop in

Puppy was freaking awesome at training today, he is so calm and good and responsive. Helps that he knows all his commands anyway!!!

Trainer thinks we could do all our KC training in a year easily!!!

Love my puppy!!!xx

Am boasting like mad, sorry!!

MrsDeVere Sat 16-Feb-13 16:11:06

mike we picked up our new puppy last Saturday. Very proud that there has been no jealous wee on the bed or sofa at all!

iseenodust Sat 16-Feb-13 16:42:03

When dustydog wants to be let out in the evening he gets off his cushion and sits directly between the sofa and the TV giving us a Paddington Bear hard stare until we do as requested.

In conversation he picks up on the word seaside even though we only go a few times a year.

Turniphead1 Sun 17-Feb-13 17:31:46

My 13 week old pup is doing really really well at not reacting to passerby, joggers, cyclists etc. (having been a total maniac at first - normal pup behaviour). Her loose lead walking is also coming along well she trots along looking up at me adoringly with the cue "good walking".

We have had some lovely off-lead time this last week which I did not knowing that its recommended. Now have Pippa Mattinson's "Total Recall" and am going to make it my goal to get that girl a rock solid recall that will make going out with her a joy.

This is ignoring the other times when she is going mad nipping my legs, her paws wrapped around my Uggs and tearing shreds out of my coat. Not sure what to do about that. I KNOW I'm not supposed to react, ignore her/ look to the Sky etc. but it's bloody sore. Hmmm.

Porkster Sun 17-Feb-13 17:37:48

Thanks to the wisdom of doggy types on MN who told me about whistles and high value treats, my nearly 2 year old is now a complete pleasure to walk off the lead.

mrsjay Mon 18-Feb-13 10:45:33

JAY DOG HAS STOPPED BITING SLEEVES ARMS LEGS AND WHATEVER ELSE HE COULD GET HIS TEETH ON grin he has calmed down so much and is settled and laid back he is a fab little dog now he is routine driven though he didnt cope very well last week dd was off school but he still wanted up at 7'15 <rolls eyes> but I cant believe how far he has come since we got him in october I thought he was a lost cause and would need to go back ,

what good boys and girls you all have grin

MrsDeVere Mon 18-Feb-13 10:52:15

Hurrah about the biting!

My little dog and my little Romanian dog spent most of the day playing yesterday! grin

Little dog has finally caved in to Romanian dog's charms and stopped snarling at her.

Tis sooooo sweet.

mrsjay Mon 18-Feb-13 10:55:45

aww I lost your thread mrsdv thats good they are getting on smile

mrsjay Mon 18-Feb-13 10:55:58

and Romanian dog arrived safely

mrsjay Mon 18-Feb-13 10:57:10

is that Romanian dog on your profile cutest wee thing regardless

bamboozled Mon 18-Feb-13 11:06:19

I have the best boast ever...
When dcs were 1&3, we were out walking. At the end I put the double buggy by the boot of the car while I put away wellies etc. My lovely dog - a big lab- was sitting by the kiddos when suddenly a dog came out of nowhere, all teeth and jaws and went for the Dcs - sitting target as they were both strapped in. Indie, my dog, in one movement pinned it to the ground by its neck, and held it there. Didn't bite it, just held it. Totally protected her babies! For a couple of years after that, whenever we were walking, if we met other dogs, she would run round dcs in a circle marking her territory and no dog would ever cross her boundary.

MrsDeVere Mon 18-Feb-13 11:24:55

Yes it is mrsj she is a total love smile

MrsDeVere Mon 18-Feb-13 11:25:36

Wow bam that IS amazing.

mrsjay Mon 18-Feb-13 11:32:23

well done indie smile

she is adorablemrsdv

Turniphead1 Mon 18-Feb-13 23:25:07

Mrsjay how did you get Jaydog to stop biting arms hands & clothes. Is there a thread anywhere with advice you were given?

Bamboozled - that's awesome!

I watched Life of Dogs last night. Awful load of dumbed down ITV nonsense - but amongst the "really? Dogs have a really good sense of smell??" moments there were some interesting facts and inspiring stories.

diddl Tue 19-Feb-13 09:14:58

We have a 7yr old GSD mix rescue dog.

We´ve had him a couple of years.


He adores my teenage daughter-thank goodness!

He has also been really quick to learn.

Although often when daughter is wanting him to do a particular trick for a treat, he´ll go through his repertoire & then just try to take it from her!grin

mrsjay Tue 19-Feb-13 09:17:35

we used distraction with him and we also said no and walked into his space he didnt like that , he is also a bit older so not a puppy anymore the previous owners gave him up at the crucial puppy stage and it did go on for a while, there is a thread somewhere or start your own people will help you, we also took himt o the dog trust behaviourist who was fantastic

Isandri Wed 20-Feb-13 18:47:20

My dog runs to me if the baby wakes up and I'm in a different room. He then turns around and leads me to the baby.

MikeOxardAndWellard Wed 20-Feb-13 21:27:20

Awww! Bamboozled that really is the best boast ever! Isandri that is so sweet too. Wellard loves babymike. Babymike goes up to him in his walker for a stroke and/or face grab, and wellard just takes it and licks his face! Went offlead with about 6 other dogs today (met up with a friend who is a dog walker) and wellard did me so proud. He was like one of the pack from the off, had a great time, and his recall was fab. :D

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