Saturday, December 27, 2014

Tyler Graduates from 2nd Pre-Agility Semester Class!

Tyler waiting for a command in class
Our 5 year old black and tan dachshund, Tyler used to be called "Tyler the terror." Since he's been in two semesters of "pre-agility" at Hog Dog training (thanks to our friends Susan and Cary for recommending it)- he's become a much more obedient, amazing dog. He graduated from his second semester class and has really become an amazing and obedient little guy.

   Every dog needs a job and needs to feel good about themselves, just like people do! 

    Tyler's second semester came to a close on Dec. 23rd and he learned so much! Some of the things included backing up until his feet touch a raised surface (you can practice with a phone book); dropping a treat and having the dog stay until you say "okay," doing a Figure 8 around obstacles, and running through a tunnel!  Tyler is just learning how to run through weave poles, and will continue on in the third semester to master it.

Tyler after going around a weave pole!
Going through a tunnel (this isn't Tyler)
  One thing he learned in December was to run through a tunnel. That's a big, scary thing for a little dog, but after a couple of times, Tyler zipped through the tunnel, came out the other side, turned around on his own and ran back through it the other way without even being told (and I wanted him to do that)!!

  It's amazing how proud I am of little Tyler. When I practice at home with him every night after dinner, Dolly, our Weimaraner joins in!  She's learned to do figure 8's around obstacles, go "upstairs." "downstairs." Stay for dropped treats until I say "okay." and more. She learns at home right with Tyler (as Franklin, our 10 year old Dachshund watches).
   Here are some pictures from Tyler's training class!
This is what an agility tunnel looks like

Tyler returns for the third semester on January 7th!

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

Great Books by our friends

Great Books by our friends
Check out these great books (yeah, Rob's are in there, too)

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next

Podcast of Rob's 50 min. interview on Paranormal Filler Radio 7/13/14