Big Dog in a Little Package

Babe continues to grow and develop. She does not think of herself as a small dog.  Often times Babe takes on Emma, our American Pit Bull Terrier, and harasses her to no end.  Emma is way more tolerant than I would be if I had pint sized munchkin hanging from my ears or jowls. Last week marked a shift in the roles between the animals in our household.  Steve, the cat, is not rumbling with Babe as often, fore Babe has grown by one pound and is testing her baby teeth out more often. So Emma has stepped up to the plate as playmate for Babe.

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At the beginning of last week, I introduced Babe to clicker training.  I choose to use a tongue cluck as my marker signal with her. The first session was spent charging the marker signal by pairing the cluck with some freeze dried liver. Babe caught on very quickly, so the next step was to use the marker for behaviors I wanted to capture. Babe started offering sits more regularly when she realized sitting got her attention. I now captured the sits with the marker signal and followed it up with a treat. Ah ha! Now I could use the cue Sit, mark it and reward it. With in minutes Babe understood the word and now does it on cue more than 90 % of the time.  For the second clicker session, I taught Babe to Target onto my hand.

(if you turn up the volume, you’ll hear me tongue clicking Babe and then later giving her the cue “Target”.  You will also hear Jasmine, my parrot in the back ground making noises as well. At one point, early in the video, she says Good Girl)

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An unexpected foster puppy

It’s time to jump on the bandwagon and start my own blog. This blog will detail some of happenings in my life as I share it with my own companion animals, client’s companions and friends & family.

On Friday, I brought home a foster puppy. She is very tiny, only two pounds, and is around five weeks of age. Someone found her on the side of a back country road in Iowa with no other animals or houses within sight. The name given to her at the humane society is Bindi, but I’ve just been calling her “puppy” and “little one”. It’s been an adventure thus far with her. The other animals in the house have adjusted to her presence quickly. The most comical relationship that’s formed has been between, Steve, our new addition to the family, the ten pound Siamese and the puppy. Steve follows the puppy around and often engages in play with her. He’s very gentle with her and if the puppy gets to be to much for him, he simply gets up and walks away.
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