Sunday, January 14, 2018

Remembering my girl, DiamondIsle Crystal Blue, Hershey-Mama!


Remembering my girl, DiamondIsle Crystal Blue, Hershey-Mama!






On a fateful day on 9 January 2018, Hershey slipped into Eternality in front of my eyes. 

The ordeal started at 7 am, where my poor girl kept screaming in pain. All I can be to sit and pet her to comfort her. The pain was enormous as I watch her but nothing I can do. 

As I keep pet her was when she found comfort. Ultimately she lost the fight passed on. I cried so hard, watching her dead body, Our beloved Hershey Mama passed away on 9 January 2018, 9.30am.

Goodbye, My LOVE :(

Hershey has been very special, as she was from the herding line, she possesses a strong eye and have an excellent drive. Once she locks on you, you will be history.

Hershey has a special love for Man, but very selective with Woman. Quickly she creeps into my heart and she won my heart. Of all the Bitches I had, Hershey stole a special place in my heart.

In her younger days, I wanted to groom her for Agility and Frisbee. But unfortunately, she tore her ACL on both legs one from another after good recovery over 4 years.

Since she was grounded for so many years, Hershey was trained with the most tricks.

*Setted Down
*Sleep
*Crawling
*Bark on Command
*Fetch
*Hugging the pole
*Weaving through legs
*Pee like a boy
*Open door
*Closed door
*Disc Doggy
*Walk back
*Doggy Dancing
*Begging
*Play Dead
*Rollover

Given her strong drives, I was presented with many challenges. I have learned so much from her. 

Hershey Obedience is excellent, I have no much issue with her except to manage her strong drive. She is such a darling.

Given her loyalty, Hershey just early last year protected me by barking and charging at a huge wild boar who managed to dig through my fences. I only realized what's going on when I saw the wild boar ran off with his dear life. Hershey is amazing.

I will never forget this Sweet Girl, who has filled our hearts and lives with so many memories, love, fun, anguish and you will be dearly missed.

Now, every time when I walk passes where she passed on, I will always look back and hope it's just a dream...

Nonetheless, I'm utmost grateful that God has allowed Hershey to live with us, let us enjoy having as our special girl and how we can learn to be better owners.

Hershey has a BIG Heart and she loves you without condition. 

Goodbye, my girl, Daddy & Mummy will miss you!

RUN FREE Hershey, go and play with Max, Mikah, Keesha, and Benji .......

Till we see again, LOVE YOU Girl .....
 

Daddy & Mummy



Friday, January 5, 2018

How to deal with dogs biting leash..

Check out my post! https://www.pups.com.sg/single-post/2017/12/01/How-to-deal-with-dog-biting-on-leash

Thursday, December 28, 2017

TOPIC - Loosen Up, Be Flexible And Relax!

OFF 
This will be our last post for the Year 2017.

Hereby wishing all 

AN AWESOME & FANTASTIC NEW YEAR!

LET'S WELCOME THE 2018 WITH A POSITIVE SPIN!



Boss: You are late !

Employee: It is only 9:20 am. I was driving my girlfriend to university, and got stuck in traffic.

Boss: works starts at 9:00am – be here or else !

Employee: ok, but then you will have to drive your daughter each morning yourself.

If you can be relax and be flexible, your employees will be happy and productive. You will be happier yourself.

These attitudes are perfect when it comes to dog training. Do not be critical. Do not be hard on your dog and do not be hard on yourself. Be flexible, be realistic and relax. Take a deep breathe if you hit a snag. Disengage from training, spend time grooming, playing or spending time just 'doing nothing' but just hang out together.

Enjoy the progresses with your dog, it's the personal time both your dog and you are sharing in learning. This bond is unbreakable.

There is a training phenomenon, where the process of transferring of memory from conscious mind into the sub-conscious mind. This is also known as the process where our memory are being transfer from our short term memory storage to our long term memory storage. During this process, you might see some losses in memory but eventually memory will be back and it become better.

However in Reward-Based Techniques, if you chooses to continue to reinforce these behaviours, it will be our second nature. Just like any top athletics, practice, practice, practice, it will be become a habit ... Not being perfect, as it's a on-going progress...

Be flexible, be trusting, be empowering.



As always, have fun & stay positive!



Friday, December 22, 2017

PUPS Blog Series - Stop using retractable leash!


PUPS Blog Series - Danger of using the Retractable leashWhat is a Dog Leash? In one of my blog post on 26th June 2017, below are the extracts ...


"PUPS Bits - The leash should only be used to prevent your dog from running away. In training it's all about response training, aim to get the response from your dog than using leash pressure to steer your dog."

Let's have look at the purpose of the leash.
1. Keep your dog safe
2. Keep your dog restraint
3. Keep your dog close

However, when you look at the retractable leash, it usually comes with 3 Metres to 7 Metres in length and a single cord type which does not like a normal leash. 





The 9 dangers of using retractable leash;

  1. Due to the length, it will not keep your dog safe and under control,
  2. If your dog gets spook he will cut across, can result in injury to both the dog and handler,
  3. Promote strong pullers as the retractable mechanism allow the dog to pull to get freedom,
  4. The thin cord can cause cut, skin burnt and amputation of fingers, hands etc, 
  5. Some of the retractable leash handles is too bulky which result in loose control and runaway dog,
  6. As the retractable leash promote pulling, some dogs might appear to be aggressive, running towards another dog that might retaliate,
  7. When you drop the retractable leash holder, because it can create some loud noise, it may cause fearful dog to run even further,
  8. It will get tangled with other leashes due to the length and it can cause harm to your dog and people,
  9. The thin cord of the retractable might snap if you have a big dog and heavy puller,

















In my own opinion, retractable leash is not suitable for dogs that have not get his walk under control. Having a dog learn how to walk properly, can goes a long way. You will have control and your walks will be enjoyable, fun and purposeful.

If you have no choice and want to utilize what you have, you will need to follow the below system;

  1. Start your walk on a short leash,
  2. Maintain the standard until you will reach your pit stop (where you may allow free roam on the retractable),
  3. Get your dog back on walking path and reset the retractable to a standard leash length,
  4. Maintain manageable walks with standard leash lengths, while your dog will get his chance to roam at their pit stops.
  
Always remember to keep a short leash length while walking your dog on retractable. 

For the safety of your dog, I suggest you leave the retractable leash on the experienced dog owners and dog walkers. 





Have fun and stay positive.



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