Friday, February 18, 2011

Update On Kallie

Kallie got her stitches out and is doing fantastic. We are now doing a 'doggy daycare' for a friends Sheltie. Kallie and Mia [the sheltie] are best buddies. Kallie is so excited to have a third buddy to play with around the house.

Monday, February 7, 2011

She's Getting Better

It has been three days since Kallie got spayed. She has made plenty of progress in her recovery and is doing fabulous.

Still pretty sleepy and not her enthusiastic self but she's not in any obvious pain, [that I can tell].

Thankfully she isn't licking her stitches to much.. [thanks to Bitter Apple].

This was taken right before I woke her up this morning.

Here is video the day I brought her home from the spay [2-4-11]

Here is video taken yesterday morning [2-06-11]!

Have a great week.

Diana and Kallie

Friday, February 4, 2011

Mission Getting Spayed; Accomplished...

Kallie went to get spayed this morning as most of you know, if you read my previous blog post. 

I was a nervous wreck until I got the call around 9:15am that she had made it through surgery and was just resting. 

The vet told us we could pick her up around 3pm today [the same day] under the rules that she stay calm, and quiet in her crate today. 

When I went to pick her up I was so relieved to see her, know that she was okay. and that she was with me, where she belonged. 

On the ride home you could feel her entire body and every single muscle just collapse into my lap.. She was home, where she knew she should be!

Right now, the rules are:

  • no jumping around for 11days
  • I must carry her up and down the stairs for 11days
  • No rough-housing
  • No walking around to much the first day.
  • Watch for any reaction to the stitches etc.
  • Super groggy and tired from everything she's been through! 
  • Last 'Rule'~ Just give her all the love in the world that mama can give her, until she's all back to her excited, chipper, enthusiastic self! 

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Big Day Is Tomorrow

Kallie is getting spayed tomorrow [2/4/11]. She is going to be eight months old on February 16th, so I figured it was about time.

We just went to the vet for her pre-surgery check-up to make sure it's a 'go' for tomorrow. She looks as healthy as can be, according to the vet. That news helped calm my nerves just a little.

I think no-matter how many people tell me it's gonna be okay, and chances are extremely slim that somethings gonna go wrong, I'm still gonna be a nervice wreck until she's back at home resting.

After the surgery is over, my next challenge is going to be, how to keep a cattle-dog 'chill' and non-exuberant for a whole week-and-a-half. I'm thinking tons-and-tons of mind games, '101 things to do with [fill in the blank]' - Food Toys, and anything else you or I can come up with. If you have suggestions, lord knows I need them- So comment below!.

I will keep everyone updated and I'm so glad I'm back in the bloggitivity world! I missed commenting, and reading, and interacting with everyone.

Have a great Thursday and a Great Super-Bowl Weekend. [Who are you rooting for?]

Diana and Kallie.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

What Progress We've Made!

We had our World Of Pet's Expo last weekend [1/28-1/30]. I took Kallie on Sunday and we stayed back in the agility area with our friends who were trialing with their dogs.

Kallie listened to almost everything I asked, and considering the amount of commotion, distractions and all the immense amount of smells, she behaved pretty darn well in my book.

A few times we needed to re-direct her focus off of another dog etc. however, for the most part she had great eye contact with me and relaxed body language.

When we first arrived however, she was a little nervous, but as I stated above, it was a loud and unfamiliar environment for her, It was her first time in that type of environment.

We let her sleep in her crate and through the crate become accustomed to all her surroundings. That seemed to do the trick and when I took her out of her crate for the first time since we had got there she was all tail wags and excited. It was almost like she woke up a different dog, "Oh, This is my time to shine, It's agility!".

We had a supertastic weekend and it gives me the encouragement and that extra boost to continue doing what I've been doing [positive reinforcement only and clicker training] because it's working.

I realized throughout the day she was with me at the expo, how strong our bond and trust in each-other has become. I couldn't ask for a better dog, friend or companion to be at my side for Years, and Years, to come.

I also got a new camera over the weekend, so saying I got a few good shots is an understatement. Not to overwhelm you with to many pictures, I'll just add a few of my favorites.

Diana and Kallie

Oh and for some extra cuteness, we perfected our 'Meerkat' trick we have been working on. She's such a proud little girl, and I'm a proud momma! 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Clicker Training Class; success!

One Tuesday Kallie and I attended our first clicker training class with our new dog training school.

I couldn't be happier with the trainers and their methods. They use almost all shaping for teaching behaviors. It is all positive and all about letting the dog figure everything out instead of luring the dog into positions etc.

We worked on teaching "settle" and "Loose Leash Walking" and just behaving around a group of dogs. Kallie and another little beautiful Pit-Pull puppy around Kallies age are the youngest in the class. The class size is perfect too with only about four dogs and their owners.

Another reason I'm super excited to be training with this dog-training-school is that they also have classes for training Therapy Dogs and Rally-Obedience classes.

All-in-all I am extrememly impressed and couldn't have asked for better trainers. Looking forward to seeing how Kallie progresses.

Woof & wags; Happy Clicking

Diana N Kallie.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

It's Not About Being A Drill Sargent; "Dominance".

Dominance in dog training is a very overused word. Some trainers explain every behavior as some type of "dominance", the dogs jumping on you, leaning on you, running out the door so he must be 'Dominant' . No; The poor dog just needs to learn some doggy eddiquite aka Manners! 

When your dog jumps on you, ask him to sit, ignore him, ask him to go get a toy.

If the dogs leaning on you chances are he just wants body contact and likes being really close to you! If you don't like that behavior ask them to "settle" or give him something else to do.

If he is a door dasher, simply teach him what "Wait" means. 

I think dogs need a teacher/guide not a drill sargent and Boss. Your dog already respects you as his teacher and the one who controls the resources ex. food,water,walks,attention,playtime. You don't need to be harsh and aggressive to have your dog understand that you have everything they want as I stated above. 

It's not about being dominant and alpha/pack leader it is about having a mutual bond and respect between dog and handler. Train with the most up-to-date training methods and bond closer with your dog.
No matter how you train be consistent.

Diana 'N' Kallie.