Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
- 6/11 – session 1 – tossed food on it without turning it one… Jake will do anything or go anywhere for food. Brita just stood back and sent me a mental message to toss it back to her. Turned it on and twice got Jake to run over it for food!
- 6/11 – Session 2 – no Brita this time and used a calmer approach. I pushed it against the wall and put a fence piece on the other open side so if he went on it there would only be one way to go…. from back to front. Started with it off and tossed food and then turned it on. At one point I stood on it with my feet on the edges and used food to entice him through… all in all.. good session…
- 6/12 – Did the run thru pretty good – turned up the speed one notch and he didn’t seem to notice.brought a crate downstairs and put at the front of it. Read that dogs get freaked sometimes if they are facing a wall and thing that they may hit it. I opened the side door of the crate and he would run over the treadmill and into the crate. I plan to eventually bring it closer when he is comfortable on it.
- 6/13 – Put rugs around the treadmill because he was so excited to get off and then go around and back on that he was slipping on the floor. Speed is 1 m/h and he is staying on it and walking as long as there is food. I have to say walk or he stops and starts to slide off the back.
- 6/14 – Doing well… is actually getting it! speed 1.2 mph sometimes he forgets to move his legs when fixated on food… then he hurries up so he doesn’t slide off the back!
- 6/15 – Same as yesterday but a little more sure of himself… 1.3 mph
- 6/16 – I stood in front of the treadmill and he stayed on it for about 2 minutes two times. OF COURSE there was kibble in front of his nose but he’s not afraid at all.. if he forgets to walk and starts to slide off he hurries up and repositions himself! This is going to work!
- 6/17 – I stood in front now the whole time and he kept walking while I reached for more kibble. Up to 2 mph and need to find out what is the best speed. I noticed he was pacing…
- Fast forward… 6/28… walking once maybe 2x/day most days and incrementally increasing speed and distance/time. Now up to 3mph and 3 min…. oh and LESS treats!
August update - we're up to 4.5 miles per hour and 5 minutes. People ask if I tie him to it.. no way! It's all voluntary. At one point I took the side down and he is fine but I have noticed that he stays as far from that edge as he can so I think I'm going to put it back and see if that makes a difference and he walks in the middle.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
My washer wouldn’t spin.. ok… so.. off to Winneconne we (Jake, Brita and myself) go to the laundromat. A few days before the backpacks arrived that I ordered for them so I thought while I was waiting for the laundry, it would be a good opportunity to practice walking the dogs with the backpacks on. I had decided if we were going to walk Jake and Brita were going to carry their own stuff! This was the first outside adventure with the packs on… up until now they had tried them on only once and this was in the living room. So after starting the laundry, I got them out of the van and already it’s an adventure as I hooked one dog at a time to the van and attempted to get the other “dressed”. I notice the Winneconne police car drive by and wondered why it wasn’t turning into the lot where I was because that’s what normally happens when I am doing something with the dogs. I only needed to wonder a minute because, sure enough, back it came and turned in. So. of course, I enlisted the help of the officer on duty to hold their leashes while I took pictures with my phone. Yes.. it was an adventure… The only time they stopped to look in the same direction was when people were starting to gather to watch the goings on so they had to watch them! Walk… did we ever walk? No.. by this time I needed to get my laundry and so I “undressed” them, put them in the van and we cruised around the town (village) I called home for 10 years!
Monday, August 22, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
…. because he sure seems like he likes to pose…
Opps… well he does have to relax sometimes….
Jake… soon to be 2 years old….
Recently I was walking with the dogs in the training area and Brita was being very cautious because she has come out with the short end of the stick at times with Jake. So Brita is in the first 2 photos and then Jake comes crashing out of the trees and around the large pine tree. In the next 2 shots, Brita is oblivious to what is going to happen but at the last minute sees Jake charging right to her so she ducks and he jumps right over her, swings around the tree, grabs a toy and puts on an innocent look! In the next few shots Jake is being goofy while Brita is staying clear of the action still not sure of what happened! (Click on the picture for a closer up shot… everything seemed to blend together in the action shot)
Monday, August 8, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
…as I walked in the kitchen from my deck dripping wet, unable to see because the Skin-so-Soft oil I had put on my arms to ward off mosquitoes for only a short time was mixed with water and smudged on my glasses…
…self… sometimes you have good common sense and other times…. well… what happened… who knows…
To start… Jake has a chiropractor appointment tomorrow so I thought I would give him a bath since I couldn’t remember the last time he had one… or maybe he hasn’t since he was a puppy and I dropped him off at my friend’s grooming shop for his first experience with a groomer. He’s a dog that just doesn’t seem dirty… brushing.. yes.. bath… no…
So I brought the grooming table, the ramp and the brushes out on the deck, hooked up 2 arms to restrain him around the neck and under the body – one at either end of the table, pulled the hose through the sunroom from the outside faucet and got Jake who was eyeing up the hose, up on the table. Brushing went ok – usually does…. tonight however he is a tad fixated on the hose nozzle. Told him to wait while I turned the water on as I backed up to the faucet so he is not out of my vision. He hears the water and starts getting REALLY excited. Here’s where common sense was nowhere around. I should have stopped right there but NOOOO….. I start to hose him down and am VERY quickly reminded of how much he likes to EAT the water coming out of the nozzle… which, by the way, iis in my hand.
I discovered that if I hold him tight and put the nozzle right on his body I can soak him. ok.. now the shampoo… not so bad since the hose is off. Shampooing went as well as can be expected. Turned the hose on again and ….oh my…. was he excited. Push the nozzle to his body while holding him in a headlock…. one side done. Release him from the death grip.. ok… he pulled away… go to the other side of the table and he turns with me so I’m looking at the side of him that was already rinsed…. then his head comes our of the noose and he swings around…. struggled and got him hooked back up and pushed the nozzle against his body to try to finish rinsing… got that side… well that didn’t sound so bad… well it took about 10 minutes so not as quick as I would have liked. …thought I was done…
Ohhhh …NOOOO… why did I shampoo his TAIL!!! Remember I’ve been successful because I have been able to push the nozzle against his body…. it’s not happening with his tail… 5 minutes later we’re done… I unhook him.. (blind now remember because of the oil and water mix on my glasses) … let him off and drag myself into the house dripping wet….
….and on the way to the computer to write this up I grab a Mike’s Hard Limeade… Now where is Lisa’s number?? (Lisa’s Pet Grooming)
And as a ps…… insult to injury… in he comes… right up to me and… you guessed it… shakes more water off!!
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
Last fall I first discovered he liked to dig at the roots when I loosened it up with a shovel so I attempted to videotape it. “Jake really likes to help” I really need to get someone else to do it as I start the digging and then he pulls it out… doing it all really doesn’t work well! It seems like there must be a distinct smell in the roots of the buckthorn tree because he does a lot of sniffing before he digs. Then… the bigger, the better! The one foot trees….boring… The 4-6 foot ones…. a prize to be coveted! Here he is with the collection of some of the bigger trees.
Video of Jake pulling it out!
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
A year later…..
Occasionally, I have people ask about Jake’s surgery and how he is doing so recently I wrote a post about that hoping to help someone through what I’ve experienced. What would you do… (FHO)
Jake is my second dog that had a FHO but he was a puppy which concerned me. In hindsight I think it was not a problem and may have been an advantage. Teddy was 3, I believe, and bad hips so he favored that leg and and after the surgery it was harder to train him to put weight on it than it was to train Jake. My dogs are marker trained and normally I use the word “yes” but they also understand the clicker. When I walked Teddy I would click when he put weight on that leg and it took him very little time to consciously walk with all four feet when we walked through the yard. Jake was way easier but he had his own set of challenges… While Teddy was a sweet, wonderful, “I’ll try to make it happen” dog, Jake was a headstrong pup who thought nothing of testing me at every turn. We definitely had some “discussions” (aka “come to Jesus meetings”) regarding who paid the bills, put food in the bowl and general was in charge of the household. Jake is VERY smart so it didn’t take him very long to understand that concept but I cringe to think of what would have happened had he been in a home where he got away with all that he thought he should get away with because he was so darn CUTE!
Below are links to the posts that document some of Jake’s progress during his recovery from FHO surgery. It is not the log that I kept or the list of stretches that I did, etc. but rather photos, thoughts and information about his progress and his recovery. I did keep a journal of his progress to gauge how we were doing which I believe is most important to a successful recovery.
- 2010.2.3 The beginning – Jake’s Xrays
- 2010.2.4 Jake – Thoughts about this whole thing….
- 2010.2.10 Looking for answers…
- 2010.2.8 Off to Madison with Jake
- 2010.2.9 Femoral Head and Neck Excision
- 2010.2.10 What the dogs say…
- 2010.2.21 Send good thoughts Jakes way
- 2010.2.23 He does NOT like the cone
- 2010.2.25 Jake’s Recovery – Day 3
- 2010.2.26 Thoughts for today about Jake
- 2010.3.1 New digs for Jake in the Sunroom!
- 2010.3.6 Jake, 2 weeks after surgery…
- 2010.3.13 Jake, 3 weeks after surgery…
- 2010.3.23 Learning to walk…
- 2010 3.28 Jaker helping around the yard!
- 2010.4.5 Pet Insurance for Jake
- 2010.4.10 Jake – off leash at last!
- 2010.5.17 A fun weekend for Jake and Brita
- 2010.8.28 Brita and Jake lookin’ all formal…
- 2010.10.20 Jake and VOM
- 2010.11.26 Jake and his ball!
- 2010.11.28 Jake vs. Tunnel
- 2011.4.4 What would you do? (FHO)
- 2011.7.4 ….a little walkin’ (treadmill)
- 2012.7.23 X-rays