Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

I wasn't able to film a Halloween video this year because my brother had a horrible case of posion oak... All over his face for 2 weeks! He was looking and feeling better last night until he got food poising. I will be working on a Doctor Who video though!

I just ran Rory around outside. At 6 I'll be trick or treating with my friends, so I'm trying to tire him out!

Rory is looking great with his costume on! Are you dressing your dog up for Halloween? If so, what is he/she going to be!?

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Rory The Centurian

Rory's costume is complete! It's not only a Halloween costume, it's also his Doctor Who cosplay costume!! I can't keep this secret anymore; I'm going as Amy Pond, and Rory is going as Rory! One of my brothers is the Doctor, so I'm taking advantage of this and creating a Doctor Who Halloween video! If you've never watched the BBC show Doctor Who, you probably think I'm insane. Go on Netflix and watch it! There's a reason it's the longest running sci fi show!

That's it for today. Other than being followed by a dog on a walk, nothing exiting happened.

I forgot to mention that his costume is homemade. That means it will need some work. :p

Friday, October 19, 2012


I'm currently teaching Rory self control instead of tricks. Amazingly, I was able to walk with him behind a boy and his mom who where jogging yesterday. Rory kept an eye on them, but he didn't pull! We also passed by a dog park and I witnessed a dog fight.... I kept a good distance away from the dog park after that....

I contacted a trainer that's an hour away, and she is charging $150 an hour for reactive dog training sessions... I'm sorry, but that's just ridiculous! So, I e-mailed another trainer, and she no longer does reactive dog sessions... Now I'm having to search for trainers that are an hour and a half away. Who thought finding a positive dog trainer would be so hard!

October is booked for me with Halloween volunteering. These next 2 weeks will be hectic, but I *will* update this blog!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

He's NOT a Dingo!

Rory really surprised me a few days ago! I took him to a coffee shop, and some people asked to pet him. Two older, calm, men pet Rory, and he didn't even try to jump on them, until an exited woman walked over…. I'm thinking of buying a vest that says " In training, please ask to pet" so people just don't walk up to him and try to pet him. Everyone except for that lady asked to pet him.

Yesterday was the SECOND time someone has thought Rory is a 'Dingo'. A man was petting Rory, and asked me what breed he is. I told him he's an Australian Kelpie, and he said 'like a Dingo?"…. I was shocked to hear that! I explained that Australian Kelpies are a herding breed, not Dingos. This is getting crazy...

Last year my dad build a large hog pen next to our pasture, in the forest. We never ended up getting pigs, so I'm going to use it as a training area for Rory! There are trees, stumps, and it's hilly inside the pen, so when I do start agility with him, setting up a course is going to be a challenge. The gate and some of the fencing is falling down, so I've been wrapping a giant leash to a tree and connecting it to his harness so he can run around while I work on the fence. I'm also raking all of the leaves and pine straw out of the pen. I'm thinking of making a little Halloween video of Rory, but I can't think of any real cute ideas….

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Dog Bandana Giveaway!!!

You have the chance to win this cute bandana for your dog on Rory's Facebook page! To enter, you must live in the USA, and you must 'Like' and Share the picture that is on his Facebook page. The winner will be announced October 13th. Good luck!!  =)


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Wordless Wednesdays (Blog Hop)

He's a country dog now.

Another Good Day

Rory greatly dislikes his head collar, but I absolutely LOVE it!! He hasn't completely stopped pulling on the leash, but now I have better control over him. The head collar doesn't work for all dogs, but it's definitely something you should look into if you're having trouble walking your dog!

I'm on my own with training Rory. The only 2 positive dog trainers near me have not replied to my e-mailes. Their websites don't have their phone numbers on there either, only their e-mails. But that's okay! This morning I did a training session with Rory and Shiloh. I had my mom hold Shiloh down on the other side of the road. I had Rory a good distance away, and every time he glanced over at her he got a treat. He didn't growl, bark, or pup his hackles up! I'm going to do this a few more times this week, staying away at good distance.

    Rory also visited the library today. He was much better about not jumping on people. I don't allow my dogs to walk up to people, unless they ask to pet him, so I had him practice sitting at my side while people walked by us. He did a fantastic job, which surprised a lot of people. He's improving, slowly, but all that matters is he is improving! 

Rory is now on Twitter! @Rorythekelpie