Zen and the art of dog training

This is a bit of a two part post;  one about dog ownership and the other about dog training.  First lets talk about the 2 dogs I own.  My wife and I have an 8 year old black lab named Sadie.  She is great at fetching and pants a lot.  She is also great at shedding but we love her just the same.  Sadie was about 2 years old when she came into my wife’s life and about 5 or so when she met me.  She is fairly well trained but also fairly stuck in her ways.  Our latest doggie addition is Olde Kingdom’s Poison Ivy (or just Ivy).  She is an Olde English Bulldogge from Olde Kingdom Bulldogges (http://oldekingdombulldogges.canadianwebs.com/index.html).  She was loving birthed by my bother-in-law and sister-in-law on March 16, 2008.  I cannot tell you how awesome this dog is.  She is so friendly and just wants to love everything.  She is also very smart and loves to work.  As a side note there are brand new puppies available for sale right now.  The first litter was born last weekend (7 puppies!) and their other female should give birth this weekend.  Again these are amazing dogs bread by a fantastic and loving breeder.

The interesting thing about Olde English Bulldoggs (as opposed to English Bulldogs) is that Olde English Bulldogges are a recreation bread started in the 70’s.  These dogs are much more healthy then the English bulldogs (which normally suffer from breathing and back issues).  They are normally taller and don’t have quite the squished in face of the English.  They also tend to have more energy.

We have been taking Ivy to many different training classes over the last year and a bit.  It started with basic obeisance but then we move into rally training.  Rally is a lot of work with the dog at your side.  You walk with the dog and have them do different heeling exercises.  She doesn’t do a bad job and if we had the time to practice with her on a regular basis she would be quite good at it.  From rally we also moved onto agility.  This is when you send your dog flying through an obstacle course.  They go through tunnels and over jumps.  Ivy loves this.  She goes bananas through the course.  We take the course through Country Canine (countryk9@telus.net) in Kaleden.  Cindy is amazing to work with and will help you with pretty much any dog.

If you follow my wife on facebook she has a ton of pictures of the dogs on her profile.  My sister-in-law is also on facbook (Sonia Watson-Mercer) and she would be happy to answer any of your ‘Oldie’ related questions.  Here is also another site with some information on the dogs:  http://www.canadasguidetodogs.com/bulldogge.htm

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