Recently, I starting using a 100% positive dog training method with Katie and Louie commonly called "The Levels". A group of people who also follow this training method started a worldwide competion. Katie and I entered as members of Team Rogue as a newbie team completing mostly level 1 behaviors. All of the rogue members added a twist to their entry by showing how the levels are used in different applications. On our team we have a guide dog, service dog, agility dog, circus dog and Katie the draft dog. Here is our entry:
We had a lot of fun participating and are so thrilled that our good friend introduced us to the levels. Katie and Louie are becoming smarter than ever and are having a blast in the process. I highly, highly recommend checking out the Mind to Mind Training Levels.
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...So I got him his own backpack. At 15 months old he's finally physically mature enough to carry one. It's empty right now and I will gradually add weight to it although the total will likely never go over 10 pounds. Katie and Louie will carry their own treats, water and drool rags on our hikes next fall.
"Let's go Mom! I can't wait to show all the other dogs in the neighborhood my cool new backpack."
Katie says "Mom since Louie loves his backpack so stinkin' much he can carry mine too!"
Katie pulled her doggie friend Summer in her cart today at the dog club. We tried to take it really slow to give Summer a chance to get used to this new mode of transportation. Both girls stayed very relaxed and did a great job.
We got our first batch of organic, locally grown veggies from our community supported agriculture program. They were absolutely divine. I cooked a huge batch of rainbow kale, collard greens, turnip greens and Japanese mustard greens today. And it looks like we will have enough lettuce for salad everyday this week. I wasn't quite sure what to do with the kohlrabi. I ended up putting in a dish with some other sauteed vegetables. It wasn't bad, but didn't have a lot of taste. We also received a couple of things I've never heard of green garlic and mizuno, which is a slightly spicy tasting leaf lettuce. Getting to try new things that are not covered in pesticide is such a treat.
This red buttercrunch lettuce made the best salad I've ever had. Who knew lettuce could melt in your mouth?
Another big step forward in our draft lessons yesterday: Katie was off lead the whole time and she did great. She is pretty good about staying with me. We also worked on integrating a few exercises such as come, sit, down and touch.
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"Welcome home to the Happy Haus" is the greeting I used to receive from Gary when we arrived home from work each day. Gary and I brought our daughter Natalie home from China in November 2011 to live with us in our cozy cottage. In October of 2013, we unexpectedly lost Gary, our dear husband, father and friend.
Our family includes our two sweet Newfoundland dogs, Katie and Louie. Newfoundlands are working dogs, so we make sure our two always have a job to do. Katie and Louie are both certified therapy dogs and bring lots of joy to people who are in need of some Newfie love. They have also competed in Rally Obedience. Katie has earned a Rally Advanced title and Louie has earned a Rally Excellent title. In keeping with Newf tradition, Katie has become a proficient draft dog while Louie prefers practicing water rescue whenever he gets an opportunity. They are also both protectors of their little sister, Natalie.