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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.

fanoftheinvisibleman Wed 06-Feb-13 22:50:56

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.

fanoftheinvisibleman Wed 06-Feb-13 23:31:54

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

needastrongone Thu 07-Feb-13 11:28:37

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.

needastrongone Thu 07-Feb-13 13:25:25

Issey - What a life. What a fab dog smile

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

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TantrumsAndBalloons Thu 07-Feb-13 14:25:29

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

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