Thursday, 27 September 2018

Another glorious day here

Although it dawns quite cool/cold depending on the overnight temperature, yesterday and today have been glorious. Bright blue sky, warm sunshine and just a little wind.

Ruby is enjoying being out in the back garden once more. Laying in the sun or chasing goodness knows what.

She really is changing now. She waits at the back door until we step and only comes out when we say "okay". When she sees us leaving the garden to go back inside, in she comes (mostly). She sits and waits for the command to eat. Comes back on a whistle or her name when off lead.

We have been teaching her scent (nose) work using vanilla. Currently two pods are in a vitamin pill container with one small hole punched out. Today I added a piece of rag with more vanilla sprinkled on it. When we have finished, we put tape over the hole to try and stop the smell leaking out.

One of us holds her whilst the other hides the container. She then gets to sniff our hand where we also put a minute bit of vanilla scent from the container.. We walk around with her whilst she sniffs the air and carpets, usually finding the container quickly. She doesn't pick it up, merely shows us what she has found.

So far, we are doing 3 to 5 hides in various rooms, under things, inside cupboards, on shelves so she has to use her nose rather than sight. Apparently we can do this inside and outside (when dry) for up to 20 minutes. It seems to tire her out for quite a while afterwards.

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  1. You have her trained so well. It is a beautiful day here too, although the temperatures have dropped a little.

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    1. We might possibly have a frost or very cold temperatures tonight.

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  2. I'm so glad that all your patience and hard work is rewarding to you both and to Ruby. There will be lots of fun for you all now she is secure in knowing who is pack leader( not her!)
    We had endless fun and exercise with our dogs which we miss now that circumstances rule out having any more. There's nothing better than watching a well trained dog and it’s owner having fun playing together.
    Sue

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    1. Our biggest bugbear is getting her to release things. Mostly we get things out her mouth with a struggle and find it really irritating. She growled at DB this morning when he got a conker out. Gave her a good telling off for that.

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  3. Ruby seems to be training very well.

    Cold and cloudy here on the prairies of Canada. Would love some sunshine.

    God bless.

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    1. She still has a little way to go yet, guards things a little bit. Hope you get some!

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  4. She's really coming on now, isn't she? All that hard work is paying dividends. She sounds an absolute delight.
    xx

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    1. She is getting there and we are hopeful that the next few months will see great improvements.

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