Posts Tagged ‘Behavior & training’

Demo dog!

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Big fido foodie-fun here.  “Mom” asked me to test two new feeding stations, and let you know what I thought.  So here we go!

The first one is meant to slow little dogs down when they eat.  (Seriously, pace yourselves, pups!)  If you’re looking for a puzzle toy that will keep you busy for awhile, this isn’t for you, dawgs.  But it will make meals last longer.  If your nose is bigger than mine, you’ll have trouble getting food out of it.  (I don’t mind sayin’ that I weigh 12#.  So you judge if you’re too big for this bowl.)  Human advantages:  It’s easy to take apart, and it’s dishwasher safe.  Watch me use the bowl for the 1st time, after Mom loaded it up with chicken.  Yum!

Next up is the cat version.  I hated this one, pooches.  But I tried it for you.  Mom made it harder for me by making some of the tubes deeper.  Since I don’t use my paws much to get to stuff, I couldn’t reach in far enough with my nose.  Not even for chicken!  I tried pushing it around & pulling the tubes out with my teeth – no go.

I couldn’t figure it out, but I’m not taking it personally because…………….  I’m — not — a — CAT, AM I?!!   Grrrr!    ~Rusty~

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I workout!

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Hey, no New Year’s resolutions required here, dawgs!  I’m stayin’ in shape through the holidays.

It’s easy ‘cuz it’s fun!  I eat healthy foodsnacks & chewies.  I go for walks on the beach and family adventures.  Sometimes mom puts my food in toys, so I have to eat slower & exercise while I eat – cool!  I play with friends whenever I can.  Fetch & catch are always awesome.  I even hopped on the treadmill to show you dawgs how I roll!  (There are treadmills for dogs.  Your humans can help you use one safely:  read here, here and here.)  It’s all good ‘cuz I get plenty of R&R and vet care, so I stay happy & healthy.  And my humans love meAwwww…..

Happy Howl-idays, hounds!  See ya’ next year!  ~Rusty~

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Who moved my cheese?!

Monday, November 21st, 2011

I just got another new chewy, but this one is really different.  And I’m embarrassed to say, I lost it.  But you should have smelled it when it came out of the bag:  CHEEZY!  That’s right, dawgs.  It looks & smells like a huge chunk of cheese, ‘cuz IT IS!  I was so excited I couldn’t even stay in a sit to get it.  But that’s not the worst of it.  Once I did get it, I tried to bury it because I couldn’t eat it all @ once.  That didn’t work.  So I stared @ it…. and stared @ it.  Dawgs, I was tense, watching my humans out of the corner of my eye to make sure they didn’t touch my cheese.

Fortunately, “mom” knew just what to do.  She didn’t get upset with me; I was already upset enough.  Instead, she showed me that no one was going to take the chewy away and that I didn’t have to hide it just because I couldn’t eat it right away.  We played a great game:  She got bits of boiled chicken breast (yum!) and asked me to sit/stay.  As I watched, she put several bits on the floor, then released me to go “find” them.  I had to move away from the chewy to do it, and I was happy to!  When I came back, she had the chewy in her hand.  She asked me to sit again, and then gave it back to me!  So cool!  We did this a couple more times.  Then, she had me sit while she touched the chewy on the floor next to us.  If I looked @ her on my own, instead of the chewy, I got surprise chicken!  Then, she picked it up.  But I didn’t really care because I just wanted to look @ her for more chicken.  We played the game in a few spots in the house, and then I didn’t care about guarding the chewy anymore.  And that was a relief!

Words of wisdom:  My mom’s a professional trainer who uses dog friendly training techniques.  If you’re tense over a chewy, have your humans call a qualified trainer with experience helping aggressive dogs.  There are some folks out there who think dogs should be hurt when trained.  Ouch!  That’s sad & scary.

So while you’re enjoying cheese & crackers over the holidays, I’ll be relaxing with my cheezy Himalayan chew.  It’s long lasting, and it’s healthy;  it’s super low in fat & salt, and it’s packed with protein.  And, I’m proud to say, I can take it or leave it.

It’s OK with me if someone moves my cheese!  ~Rusty~

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Spooky fun!

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

My humans surprised me with a really weird toy.

It moves a lot, all by itself, and it’s loud.  I wasn’t so sure about it @ 1st, so I barked @ it.  But then “mom” got on the floor with me to show me it was OK.  She held it, so I knew it couldn’t be that bad because she wasn’t scared of it.  And then we played tug with it, so what’s not to love?!  I quickly figured out that it was quieter if I kept it on the rug, rather than the hard floor.  By the time I played with it outside, I was shaking it to get it to go.  Big fun!  Ruth has some advice, so listen up, dawgs:  This isn’t the toy for you if you’re easily scared or another animal in your family is fearful.  It’s not the toy for you if you shred your toys.  You’ll like this toy more if you start playing with it outside so it’s quieter.  If you play with it inside, play on carpet.  Make sure your humans are there to help you have fun.

Dig it? Now fetch The Doggie Bag! ~Rusty~

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Good friends, good times!

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Whew!  I’m resting up after a month of sleep-overs with my best friends, Bruno & Elliott. Bruno’s a blast to play with — more on that in my next post.  But he does have one freaky little habit:  He barks @ any animal on TV.  I’m not kidding, dawgs.   Everything from pigs to cats to cartoons.  Check his act out.  Weird, right?!  ~Rusty~


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Pittie sillies!

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Hey, as a poodle, I understand breed stereotypes.

Little dogs are mocked, abused, & hauled around like human babies or accessories.  We’re dogs, not stuffed, wind-up toys.  So I feel for my misunderstood brothers-from-another-litter, the pitties.  They get a bad rap, too.  Dawgs, I’m groovin’ to this video.  In honor of their cause, I’m hanging upside down, too!

Aroooo!  ~Rusty~

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A refreshing plunge

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

How does a foodie fido stay cool? Bobbing for Ice Pups, of course!

I had a blast playing this game that “Mom” came up with.  Behind-the-scenes recipe tips:  Ice Pups made with water float.  If they’re made with non-fat, plain yogurt , they sink, so they’re harder to get.  Either way, they flavor the water.  So too many in the bowl, and I just drank the water.  But I bobbed for them if there was only one in the water @ a time.  Dawgs, don’t try to swallow the ice cube whole.  If you’re tempted to chew it rather than lick it, ask your human to make it out of yogurt instead, to be safer.  Keep your cool.  ~Rusty~


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Got game?

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Remember when I told you I was working on my catch game? Well, I’ve almost got it down, with a twist.  Dad & I are working on a video of my newly acquired skills.  In the meantime, these videos are either inspiring or intimidating.  Not sure which.  Have a wooftastik weekend, dawgs.  Yatta!  ~Rusty~


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Showoff

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Alright, so mom said this pup is amazing. And she loves how he smiles as he works.  She says that’s what positive training does.  ok, OK.  He’s not me. But I do my best, and she still loves me!  Really – do you have to watch this, too?  ~Rusty~

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What do I love?

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

I love the good things in life: My forever-home with my humans; toys; play; treats; good food; cuddles; and new adventures.  Fetch & tug with Dad and my new Boing BallPoodle heaven!  (Dad tugs with me because I’m good @ fetch & drop, and I’m not possessive of my toys.  Just growlin’ for fun.)  I hope all your days are one big Valentine’s day, like mine!  ~Rusty~

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