Monday, April 27, 2015

Video Short; Tyler the Dachshund is a "Rock Star" at Class!

Tyler looking at that orange tunnel
Last week (April 22, 2015) marked the Tyler the (5 year old) Dachshund's first class in his new pre-agility semester. Last week, we told you that Tyler seemed to not like the orange-colored tunnel.

CONQUERING TUNNEL TREPIDATION -  Well, when we arrived at class last week, I followed our friend Rebecca's instructions and crept into the opening of the tunnel with Tyler. I was armed with tasty chicken treats. Everytime I crawled inside and he followed I gave him a treat. Once inside, I told him "GO TUNNEL" and he ran through and met me for more chicken treats!  We did that 10 times, and he got it! He beat his aversion!
The course we ran correctly the FIRST TIME!

SUCCESS AT THE BIG TEST!! - Lee, our instructor, told us that this is the day of the big course test. We walked through it first. There were 3 jumps, then running through a YELLOW TUNNEL. Then another jump. Then the ORANGE TUNNEL. Then jumping up and staying on a raised platform for a count of 3. Then another jump, and run up and down an "A Frame" (what I call "upstairs" and "downstairs") and finally over a last jump. 
  It was astounding. We did it correctly the FIRST TIME!!! I was so proud of Tyler that it brought a tear to my eyes. 
Wow. This is how it feels to be super proud of your child. 

TYLER'S SHORT INTERVIEW VIDEO - After passing the big test, I sat down with Tyler and interviewed him about it. Here's what he said:

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.

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