Siren is going to be 6 months old in a few days. She is such a fun, easy, puppy! She just fits in the household like she's been here forever, and is one of the crew.
I've been mostly just letting her grow up. We do lots of running, and playing, and learning games, but haven't taught much in the way of actual usable skills. I like to let puppies be puppies. She hasn't seen a tunnel, or a jump bump, or anything really. She does lots on the peanut ball, and on the perch, and on her mat. She can do all the basic obedience stuff, and knows how to use all her body parts. She mostly recalls, and is always eager to learn stuff. We are working on some tricks this week. Her high five is pretty adorable.
Most of her life is spent just runnning wild like some sort of prairie creature. She loves to run, and hates to lose. I think she will be a really fun agility dog one day!
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
In herding Balance is found by feel. You don't teach it really, the dog just learns by feel. It's natural for most border collies. Some dogs stop short, before hitting that magical sweet spot. And some overrun and miss balance all together. But with a bit of practice and training most figure it out.
Balance for me- in my life- has been incredibly difficult. I don't feel as though I've found it, nor am I anywhere close to it. Sometimes I feel as though I've gone past balance, and other times I've stopped short. I'm hoping that one day I'll find that perfect spot- the one where it just feels right. I wish that it came natural, because it's getting real old trying to figure it out myself.
Wednesday, January 06, 2016
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
We survived christmas. It was a lovely day with my family. I cooked, no one died. There was much laughter and excitement. A success I would say.
I'm still on Christmas holidays. I go back to work on the 4th. So far I've been kept busy, tomorrow will be my first almost full day home. I have to come in for a meeting in the evening. But the day is mine.
I'm not ready to do a post about the past year, or about what I hope the future will hold. I'm sort of in limbo right now about both of those things. Life sure can. E complicated sometimes.
The other day I told me nephew that he better stop growing up. Because being a grown up isn't all that much fun.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
It's Christmas again. I'm trying very very hard to get into the spirit of things. I decorated my house, bought cinnamon smelly things, and torture my dogs every day for a Christmas themed group photo.
It's like the Christmas cheer is just out of my grasp though. Frustrating, and like most things the more you want it the less likely it is to just magically happen.
Christmas cheer or not, I am hoping for a quiet, happy, little holiday. Time spent with friends, family and myself. Time to catch my breath and get ready for what 2016 is going to bring.
So Merry Christmas to those that still read my blog. I hope it's bright and merry, full of love, laughter and joy. <3
Wednesday, December 09, 2015
Everytime I saw this quote floating around on facebook it stuck with me. So I stuck it on a pretty picture to put on my wall at home.
Friday, November 27, 2015
Siren is soaking up life and learning like a little sponge. She is so clever and is a total problem solver. She has great focus, and most importantly the "want" to learn. We are building up food drive (she didn't have any!) and her toy drive is alive and well. She loves to tug, and fetch, and kill stuff. We are working on impulse control and some basic dowhatiwantandyougetwhatyouwant. She is starting to figure that out.
So far her challenges have been:
Focus. It's short. And she is easily distracted by "shiny" things.
I don't want to. Already! So young to have these moments. But she is a terrier. So we play the i-know-you-don't-want-to-but-CAN-you games. And she is improving each session. I haven't been brave enough to see if it's working yet. When she throws the "I don't want to" in my face during a training session or real life we just end the game and I play with someone else. Soon I'll see if the training is paying...
And that's it challenge wise! She is highly motivated and loves to be right. So it's super fun to train her. I'll try and video some trainingn sessions to post here so I can look back and say "LOOK!"
Sunday, November 22, 2015
In his dreams this dog would work work work. All day every day.
In real life I'm lucky to get to work him maybe two times a week. And that's with me living right across the road from sheep!
Too busy. Too much real life. Too much work. It doesn't help that it's dark by 5. But I really do wish I could work from home, or something. So that I could work and train my own dogs more than I currently am. Not just in sheep, but in all things.
In my dreams I suppose!
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Siren went to her first dog show. She had a fantastic time and made lots of friends. She was in the Baby Puppy Class- the only Baby Parson, and the only Baby Terrier. So we won a big ribbon, and got to go in the big Best Baby Puppy in Show ring.
She got better and better each time. She was very distracted the first go round (at the breede level) but by the end of the day she was like a little pro. So cute. She is a naturally good show dog- all attitude and is a great little self-stacker!
We are going to do another one in January- and her breeder wants to take her to a Speciality in the spring.
I loved her confidence and attitude. She literally bounced into the building. So fun.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
99/100 for her last Advanced Rally leg- earning her Rally Advanced title (officially this time!)
And she earned her first CDX leg!!! It wasn't perfect- in fact it might be the lowest score I've ever gotten. Lol. But- that's what happens when you won't sit! Her sitter was broken- no sitting in heel, no sitting for front, no sitting for dumbbell delivery. Nothing. I suspect it was her way of coping with the stress of the ring. But it also could have been physical from the cement floor all weekend. Either way- sits or no sits. She got a qualifying score. Other than those sits she was great- perfext broad jump, great retrieves, solid stays. A happy dog
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Vito had an allergic reaction and ended up scratching his muzzle to shreds. Literally. He's on the mend now though! But it is hard to be a short dog in a cone... lol
Friday, October 23, 2015
In typical"little sister" fashion, Siren is in everyones business all the time. She is figuring out who likes her, and who doesn't. Sometimes it's hard to be a puppy...
|Leo, not so much.|
|Pixel, on occasion.|
|Baker, not so much.|
|Back to Leo again.... (NO PUPPIES WERE HARMED IN THIS PHOTO)|
|Stalking the Stalkers....|
|Boonie is always up for a Buddy.|
|and of course, everyone needs a BFF.|
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Raising a puppy is hard work. They really are like little sponges who soak in everything that happens, everything they see and do. For better or for worse. ;)
It's a big responsibility. Making sure you are raising a well adjusted dog who is comfortable in their own skin and in life. Add on performance sport expectations and goals and you are adding in a million extra things to teach them about.
I learned the hard way (with pixel) not to be too concerned about doing everything perfect. I am enjoying this puppy immensely and am just letting her be who she is. I'm merely her life guide at this point. Lol
She is about 10 weeks? Maybe 11 weeks? So far she has learned some real life skills:
How to potty outside
How to travel in the vehicle
About the torture of crate training. Learning to be quiet in said crate is a slow process....
How to eat treats
How to get stuffing out of a kong
How to greet people- tail wagging so fast that she almost lifts off the ground
How to read other dogs body language. No. It sounds simple. But it isn't.
She has been to a handful of new places and after the first day has explored her environment with he confidence you expect in a terrier. She has spent time at friends houses and workplaces.
She has met a lot of people. Probably over 50 at this point. Mostly from my arms but she is pretty sure the whole world loves her. Which is exactly what I want her to think.
She has met lots of dogs. Some nice ones. Some not so nice. She has been growled at. She has been snarked at. And she has learned that life goes on and it's no big deal. She has played with other puppies and a few adult dogs. She has also seen dogs and not been allowed to engage. She thinks this is the hardest.
The two things we've spent the most time on, and the things I think are the most important-
Trust in Me. Our relationship is coming right along. She knows I'm "the momma" and is actually a little too attached in my opinion. But I think it's a phase so I'm not doing much different at this point. She knows that I'm the keeper of a things fun and that I will throw her toy or play with her for as long as she wants. She knows that my lap is the best place for a nap and that I'll always save her from the cat.
How to learn. She is so smart. And confident. A fantastic pairing. She catches on to concepts fast and will always try and try again. She knows how to offer behaviour to get a reward, and has pretty good listening ears for a baby puppy. Mostly learning is done in small little spurts- she can perch, spin, sit, down, and stand. We have started shaping some things- like running around a pylon, waving, and a back up. She is a fan of action. So we do lots of playing and Running and chase games. She will even do stuff for a toy which is amazing to me for such a young dog. She does love her stuffies!
So yeah. That's all the stuff so far in the life of Siren. I'll do a post like this every few weeks so I can look back to see where we are and where we have come from. ;)
Here are an assortment of photos of some real life experiences she's had since I brought her home.