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  • Spinoff: what activities do you do with your dog(s)?

    What is your dog's "job"?

    His favorite activity?

    What do you consider "quality time"?

    If you have multiple dogs, how do you make each feel as an individual? How do you keep your dogs from being unruly ruffians?

  • #2
    Interesting question...I guess my two dogs main job is to just be my companion and to be good farm dogs, i.e. do not chase livestock, let me know when someone is here, run around and be happy. I am thinking about starting to work with the younger dog and teach her to help me herd the ducks when it's time to put them in their yard.
    My blog: Crackerdog Farm


    • #3
      My younger dachshund (8) does agility. He's really pretty happy just being a couch potato, but he has a lot of nervous energy that has to be expended somewhere. I also like hiking with him, though he is a wimp about cold and rain and snow, so only in good weather!

      My older dachshund (12 or 13 now) used to do agility classes (very modified because she's got arthritis and back issues), but now can't keep up with that anymore. Then we did rally classes for a bit but I couldn't afford them anymore, and we did therapy dog work at a nursing home, but she gets too sore and grumpy to do that now. I am trying to find nosework classes for her, because I think that would be a good alternative, but nobody's offering them at the moment. I also want to try to set up a reading-with-the-dogs therapy program with the library, because she loves kids. I hate leaving her behind and taking Seamus places, so right now she just gets to go on trips to the pet store to walk around and say hi to people (her preferred pastime). I also have a couple of puzzle toys for her, which she loves.
      "Remain relentlessly cheerful."

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      • #4
        Originally posted by beowulf View Post
        What is your dog's "job"?
        Dog number one had her main job as companion until about 6 months ago, now she is learning to pick up and bring me things. She just turned 12.

        Dog number 2, was going to be my comp obedience dog, but when anyone touches her, she gets an extreme case of wiggles'n'licks so I'm pretty sure the stand for exam would be a disaster. However, she is a fetching machine, takes things upstairs for me, crawls under beds to fetch socks, and is my demo dog for classes. She will be 9 this year.

        Dog 3 is another fetching machine, will pick up and bring me anything. His job is to look pretty and keep me warm on cold nights.

        dog 4 belongs to daughter.

        His favorite activity?
        All 4 inclusive: anything that involves people, treats, car rides, gamelands, store visits.

        What do you consider "quality time"?
        anything out of the crate time is quality time. Their favs include sleeping on the bed, and the items listed previously.

        If you have multiple dogs, how do you make each feel as an individual? How do you keep your dogs from being unruly ruffians?
        I can't say how they feel, but I give each dog an individual work session with breakfast.

        Sometimes I don't keep them from being unruly. But if that were something I wanted to work on, I'd be working each day on 4-on-the-floor, sit/stay, heel, get behind me.

        Sometimes unruly is fun time for them. They are allowed to be hooligans at the gamelands, tho truthfully, they areusually so busy sniffing and using their noses, even food doesn't quite measure up.


        • #5
          I have a pack too!

          Dog 1 is the matriarch, 13 year old Aussie/Golden sort of mutt. She likes to trundle along on walks, eating out of the cat box, and sleeping on the porch. She's pretty easy. Her "job" is hanging out under my chair and sleeping in the sun. She goes where I go and when we walk she stays by my side.

          Dog 2 is the next oldest, 8 or 9 year old Aussie. She helps do chores twice a day and hangs out with the cats in the house. Her big "job" is to chase the goats off the porch or out of the house if they infiltrate the perimeter. Her other job is the chase the deer out of the garden. She's very laid back, never been hyper, never had a bit of livestock dog in her. She hangs out with the kids in the house and her one on one time is with them.

          (now we move into the high maintenance dogs)

          Dog 3 is my PITA dog, 2 year old Blackmouth Cur. You can read all about her in the growling post. She worries about her food and pretty much everything else in life. Her jobs are riding in the car with me everywhere I go but especially to take the kids to school, she lives for that every morning. Other jobs include chasing the wild turkeys out of the cow pen and keeping the neighbor dogs from invading the horse pasture every morning. If she can't do those three things every morning she's a mental mess which means weekends are difficult. I make a point to play with her or take her for a special car ride or give her a treat when nobody else gets one nearly every day; it feeds her soul. She is somewhat my daughter's dog and my daughter will take her for a run beside her bike nearly every evening when the roads aren't snowy/icy and that's a biggie too.

          Dog 4 is my 2 year old Great Pyrenees. His job is the protect the place and he does. We have mountain lions and wolves right out the back door, along with the doofy neighbor dogs that Dog #3 keeps an eye on. He works all night and most of the day and sleeps the rest of the time. I make sure he gets some good ear rubbing attention and conversation every time someone is outside. He loves the goats and ducks and they all sleep in a pile in the straw together. He plays with the BMC by the hour too.

          Dog 5 is my 9 month old chihuahua pup. Her job is to be my buddy and she takes it very seriously. She also goes everywhere with me and lives to take the kids to school in the morning. She never leaves my side.

          All the dogs except the GP go camping with us, or fishing or on the horseback rides, pack trips, or sledding, walking, firewood, pretty much anything we do that a dog can come along we take one... I try to take all the dogs on a walk in the woods every day. The chi and BMC are good fetchers so we play that a lot, the old dogs like to just be along with us, and the GP likes nothing better than when we're working outside and he can escort us around the place. I would like to do some search and rescue with the BMC and some agility with the chi just in our own backyard b/c it's so cute, she enjoys learning things and is sharp. I consider their "jobs" to be the things that they enjoy doing and that we encourage them to do, their own special thing.

          ETA I forgot the "unruly" part... well... sometimes I can't stop them from being unruly. If someone knocks on the door unexpectedly we take unruly to a WHOLE 'NUTHER LEVEL. We don't have a lot of company and it's a fire drill for ALL of us! They also all start to roughhouse in the living room on my beloved wood floors when they think it's dinner time and that gets pretty unruly. I practically carry a squirt bottle in a holster around the house-I have six cats here too and each and every critter knows what it means if the make the hiss sound and point the squirt bottle at them! For lesser crimes, they usually settle and go lie down if I bellow out "DOGS!!" For major offenses, I have a super cool e-collar. The daily walks are all off leash and into the wilderness behind the house so that is pretty unruly, especially when the squirrels feel like practicing some mental warfare on the dogs or the goats come along which they do half the time.
          “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” Stephen R. Covey


          • Original Poster

            Haha! It's great to read everyone's responses.. I like reading that for you guys that the (merry) unruly hooliganism isn't kept in line.. Sometimes dogs are dogs, right?

            @cowboymom -- I am guilty of bellowing "DOGS" as well.. especially when the squirrels resurface..

            @threedogpack - what do you do for "individual" time at breakfast? is that where the teaching to fetch things comes from? what breed are your fetching machines?!

            @saraandsam - your dachshunds sound wellrounded.. no one around here does nosegames either.. funny you mention your younger one is a wimp about the cold - they like their pampered lives, right?

            @crackerdog - i am sorry to hear about your loss today.. it sounds like you did everything in your power. you're definitely in my thoughts. what kind of dog is the potential duck-herder? that must be a sight.

            on another note, does anyone here do nosegames like saraandsam?!
            AETERNUM VALE, INVICTUS - 7/10/2012


            • #7
              Originally posted by beowulf View Post
              @threedogpack - what do you do for "individual" time at breakfast? is that where the teaching to fetch things comes from? what breed are your fetching machines?!
              I do different things at breakfast for each dog. Not every dog is an accomplished retriever, so those who do not have a high level retrieve get worked on that for at least a few kibbles. Because I have at least 3 dogs to work, I use a timer and only work each dog for 5 minutes. It's short enough the dogs are left wanting more and it is long enough that they have something to think about the rest of the day.

              the 12 year old gets to work on anything that seems to make her happy. We're working on picking up and holding metal dog food dishes this week. Next week, might be finding heel position, or going to a mat or making her door zen stronger. She doesn't care as long as there is +R, food and attention that does not have to be shared.

              the 9 year old is working on duration behavior. She's a very "up" type of dog and if she isn't rewarded nearly immediately starts throwing behavior. I'll probably still be working on that till the day she dies.

              The younger dog, we're working on duration and distance type behavior. He also gets very frustrated very quickly so duration is hard for him. He also throws a lot of behavior at me when he doesn't get rewarded as quickly as he thinks he should. We will start working on door zen with him as well next week.

              The 12 year old is a Pem Corgi, who has been left go for most of her life as she has been such an easy, good girl I never felt I had to work with her. I am making up for lost time now as at 12, she is my princess. She get first dibs on sleeping with me, being out of the crate, car rides etc. I loff her.

              The 9 year old is a blue ACD. When I had to put the GSD down, I missed my "enforcer" dog. The GSD bitch was part nanny (she did such a good job of raising puppies it wasn't funny), part watch dog, 100% My Girl and brave to a fault. After I lost her, I wanted all those same qualities in a smaller package, so decided on an ACD. Brave and loyal are probably the only qualities they shared. Meg is a lotta dog in a medium package, and she's scary smart, which does not equal easy to train. To turn her brain off and actually figure out what I'm trying to teach can take an increidble amount of patience. It took me 3 hours one day to eliminate a wrong entry to weave poles. I had to sit in a chair and watch TV so I didn't either kill her, or help her so much she would not figure it out. She's a good dog, but the next ACD (& there will be one) will come as a very young puppy rather than a 5 month old dog who has installed behaviors I don't want.

              The youngest is a 6 year old intact male Corgi, son of the 12 year old bitch. He is pretty enough to be a girl, brave enough to be sure he's a boy and wicked smart. He will try and work me all day long. One morning, in about 20 minutes I had a stack of 30 or so items he brought me hoping for a treat.

              so there you have it.

              oh, and DD? Her little dog is a Corgi as well. Purchased when the breeder could not sell her, she's dog aggressive to the Cattle Dog, possessive of DD with the other dogs, food aggressive to the other dogs (willing to hover and snarl rather than eat) and last summer got into some nightshade, causing some neuro issues. DD loves her though, and the feeling from the dog is the same. Me....I like her, but don't love her like I do my dogs.


              • #8
                My mini aussie is the only dog at present. She's 2.5 years old. Her jobs include: cleaning the cans in the recycling bin, doing some obedience work(we go to a class once per week), doing therapy dog visits, helping me at the barn and going on trail rides. She has tried sheep herding, but didn't excel-she wants to chase rather than herd. She does the best job sleeping on the bed and keeping my feet warm and goes almost everywhere in the car with me. I'm working on teaching her some more tricks for our therapy dog visits. I am also going to look into either agility or rally obedience for some thing fun to work on with her.


                • #9
                  Beowulf, the potential duck herder is a blue heeler I picked up a couple of weeks ago. She is very attentive and I am working on finding very simple commands for directions so far it appears she understands 'over there' to mean left and 'this way' to mean right. The hard part has been keeping her from getting too excited.
                  My blog: Crackerdog Farm


                  • #10
                    Fun thread!

                    Activities: agility, ob, rally, therapy, visiting/traveling to family.

                    Originally posted by beowulf View Post
                    What is your dog's "job"?

                    Originally posted by beowulf View Post
                    His favorite activity?
                    Crittering, snuggling, laying in the sun. Dachshund mix. Those favs fit the breed.

                    Originally posted by beowulf View Post
                    What do you consider "quality time"?
                    His quality time or mine? Mine is watching him work holes and use his nose followed by giving him a good rub down. I know he's enjoying the pets and massage when he groans and moans. Tugging. Trick training.

                    Originally posted by beowulf View Post
                    If you have multiple dogs, how do you make each feel as an individual? How do you keep your dogs from being unruly ruffians?
                    I am really bad about giving my two one-on-one time because I'm lazy. The younger goes to agility with me so that is his individual time. My older Dachshund -the topic of my post- rarely gets individual time . Yesterday he got a walk by himself. Usually it's a rub down.

                    Unruly ruffians? Um. Training. Crate one, train the other. Switch. Switch again. It works great because I want to train for a few minutes when dogs want to train for one min. After crating, the dog comes out enthusiastic and riveted on me while the crated one absorbs the lesson and watches jealously.
                    Last edited by Bicoastal; Feb. 11, 2013, 11:18 AM. Reason: activites


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by beowulf View Post
                      What is your dog's "job"?
                      Being my best friend. And being generally awesome.

                      He's also an agility dog.

                      His favorite activity?
                      Hiking off-leash in the woods. Or running an agility course.

                      What do you consider "quality time"?
                      Snuggling on the couch. But at a year and a half, he's starting to calm down and is just realizing that snuggling counts as quality time.

                      Training for/competing in agility also counts as quality time.


                      • #12
                        My two Beagle bitches' jobs are rabbit hunting. Their favorite activity? Rabbit hunting. Their quality time....um.....yeah, rabbit hunting!

                        MY quality time with them, well of course.....rabbit hunting......and having both of them curled up on my lap in the recliner when watching TV.

                        The 3 yr. old is the alpha and a true princess. She rules the roost with an iron paw and not necessarily outgoing to strangers. She has the most lovely bugling voice. The 2 yr old is a happy, "everybody has to love me" kinda girl and total sweetness. She is also the fiercest most driven hunter of the two and fast as lightening. Her voice ain't the purtiest but her drive is to die for!
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