Sunday, September 30, 2012

There's nothing like walking your dog in the rain. That's what I did today. I brought Rory to a park where we dodged giant puddles and searched for cover from the rain. It was actually fun! He doesn't like the rain, but he also doesn't like doing nothing either. There was an old playground I let him play on. He lead the way up the steps, and he even walked over the shaky bridge! I'm going to bring him to this park again since it's super close, and I'll also bring my camera along so I can make a video of him!

He's doing such a great job!

The picture below is a fail. We were under a gazebo next to the playground. He was soaking wet and wouldn't stay still for a good picture. :p

Saturday, September 29, 2012

National Dog Week!

There is only 1 more day left of National Dog Week!! I feel like I'm the only person celebrating this with my dog. :p

Before I get to the update, I'd like to say thanks to everyone who has voted for Rory in the Clicker Company Pet Of The Month contest!! I'm most likely going to win, and if I do, I'll be holding a give-away on Rory's Facebook page!! If you haven't already voted for him and you would like to, all you have to do is click on this link, and find the picture of him and press 'Like'. The contest ends in 2 days. :)

This evening we took Rory to a nearby hiking trail. The last time I walked with him, he was dragging me down the whole trail. This time he was PERFECT!! My mom wanted a coffee, so we also  went to a nearby community that has shops, a dog park, and a coffee shop. Rory stayed somewhat calm when people passed. He didn't jump on anyone! Right before we were about to leave, I spotted a woman walking a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Great Pyrenees. I rushed behind some tables far away from the sidewalk. Rory watched them pass briefly, he didn't bark, growl, or lift his hackles. Yay!!

This has been a great National Dog Week for me. =) Did you do anything special with your dog to celebrate? I didn't do anything too special, I just spent some time with Rory.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Success! Well, kinda.

Rory has done such a great job around people lately that I decided to being him along with us to the Library. I learned a couple things, and I also had some great training sessions with him.

Rory is surprisingly calm around girls, but once he sees a boy, his energy just changed and he goes wild... I'm pretty sure there are 2 reasons for this; reason 1, he played with boys at his old home, and reason 2, boys are crazy.

We walked outside mostly, and I brought him into the library a few times. He was good, but he still tried to jump on people. He didn't because he has the head collar on, but I could tell because of the look in his eyes...

I also played with him on the playground! I recommend to anyone who has an active dog and wants to do something like agility, but their dog is too young to train on a playground! I worked on sit and stay while I climbed the steps, him jumping on the benches, him walking on the playground, and I desensitized him to the spooky swings. :p It tired him out a bit, which is hard to do!

The most important thing that I've learned today is that Rory causes damage.... My mom will always say goodbye to the volunteer and end up talking for a hour... I went in to speed her up, and Rory saw a new girl who was working on her laptop. He tried to jump on her and hit her laptop, pulling out one of the letter keys. I felt awful because I know those are SUPER expensive to repair. I still feel pretty bad about it. My dog is a disaster waiting to happen.... He already has a record for destruction, he tore up his old owner's floor! I'm going to be extra careful next time. A few people already think he's a Dingo thanks to my brothers. Him acting like one doesn't do him any good.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Rory The Kelpie :)

This is a blog like no other! This is not a personal blog, it is ALL about my insane dog Rory! Here, I will tell you about the ups and downs of our trainig sessions, you'll have access to pictures of him that are not in his Facebook page, and you will get the chance to see a crazy puppy turn into a well behaved dog. :)

Rory is a very enthusiastic  9 month old Australian Kelpie. I adopted him on the 26th of August, and he's already improved soo much! I don't think he'll ever calm down though. :p