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  1. My Tess does that. Or would if I let her.
  2. That must be so incredibly boring... just the other day I asked my butcher to mince together a pound of liver, two pork hearts and a pound of beef, to make dog treats. I can ask for an organic chicken or a duck and have him cut off legs, wings and breasts for me and the carcass is for the dogs. There are so many more options at a butcher.
  3. Replying to the OP, i just go to the butcher's where I buy my own meat. My dogs eat kibble but often have a raw meal. I give them half a chicken, chicken and duck frames, turquey necks and wings, cow ribs (I ask for a whole rib, have half the meat trimmed and minced for me to make burgers, and the rest of the meat on the bone is a meal for a dog), etc. But I get the feeling there aren't butchers in the USA, as so many americans seem to have trouble buying raw for their dogs. Do you people buy all your meat in the supermarket, prepacked?
  4. Beautifull dogs. Wren is the brown one, right? she still looks like she could have some bc in there.
  5. My dogs favorite toy is the one I have in my hand. Every. Single. Time.
  6. Mals are the ultimate canine athlets. I do frisbee with Tess and have seen many mals playing frisbee. The diference in styles is abissal. She always waits till the disc is at a reasonable distance from the ground to catch it. All the mals I've seen think the way to do it is jump 8 feet in the air to catch the dam thing high up there.
  7. I'm a cross over trainer (of my own dogs, not a professional). I spent 8 years training at a very tradicional, kind of military place. I learned a lot there, as I learned a lot on the many seminars and workshops I took and the 40+ books about dog behaviour and training I bought, and of course, forums like this one. I learned enough to realize that, although I never hurted or abused my dogs, there where better ways to train. I changed trainers as I realized fully that having/training a dog isn't all about what I need from him, it's equally about what he needs from me. It's a partnership, not a leader/follower thing. The dog needs to learn how to navigate this human world and meet my expectations, and I need to learn him, to understand what he's telling me in every circumstance, to protect and encourage him and to give him a happy fulfilled life. A happy fulfilled dog's life. My current trainer told me once: you know, Tess is a happy dog who loves to work, but you will really see the diference in your next dog, that's trained positively from the start. And now that I have Josh I do see it, she likes to work with me but he absolutely loooves it, not having known from me nothing but laughter and happiness (and yes, he's silly bordering on an asshole sometimes and he is corrected, but not in a negative way, if that makes sense. As in, he quicly learned he had to sit before being unleashed, and wait for the release cue to go run and explore. After a few weeks of course he decided he didn't want to sit. So I unleashed Tess, told her to go play and waited. And waited. And waited some more. After at least 4 miinutes he sat. Huge praise, I unleashed him and told him to go play. Problem solved..
  8. Not a bc, but I thought it would be nice to update on Josh the Britanny, who joined us 5 monts ago today. From a fearfull pancake glued to the ground and afraid of everything he has blossomed into a happy, lively, energetic wonderfull dog. He's still slightly uneasy about strangers but has gone from running as far from them as the leash would allow and cowering to taking a small step back and snifing the air after people pass us. When off leash he ignores people and dogs, but shows no fear as he can keep the distance he wants from them. He's remarkably athletic and physically fearless. I'm constantly introducing new surfaces, objects, etc. to him. It now takes him from a few seconds to a minute to climb/jump on something new, and he shows no fear, just is a bit uncertain at first. He loves to train and is very smart and a fast learner. He's an absolute joy. Tess and him love each other and she's a fantastic big sister, he learns a lot from her. I feel very lucky to have him in my life. Last week we went on a walk for the dogs in the municipal shelter he came from. In this pic, right at the begining, you can see he was a bit stressed with so many people and dogs. This is ten minutes later, he has relaxed a lot and was begining to enjoy himself. Half way through the walk, he was all about playing and having fun. This is the life
  9. Does she video herself working him? it might be something about her body position or her timing reward that she's not aware of. Just a thought.
  10. At 10 mo she may be aproaching her first season, which does bring on many hormonal changes. My Tess is not that good with some other dogs, but during season she was much much more reactive, and then it took her a couple of months to go back to normal (one of the reasons I spayed her). Even if she isn't coming into season, she's growing up. With Tess, as a pup she liked most other dogs but as she grew she became more and more selective and gets "offended" very easily. I would limit her interaction with other dogs for now and see if it's her season coming. As she grows, it might be that she grows less tolerant of other dogs, and there's nothing much wrong with that. I know my Tess will never ever be dog park material, but she does have many friends with whom she plays well. I'm just carefull with whom she interacts.
  11. Yeah, I was a bit afraid he might like to wander off after birds, but so far he shows no interest in not being with us. He is of course still in the honeymoon period, but he's also getting trained, so with luck we might altogether avoid the "I'll just go there and come back in an hour" thing
  12. An update on Josh He belongs ofiicially to João since 2 weeks now. They haven't met yet, will meet next saturday, but I send him lots of pics and tell him lots of stories. João says he feels like he's deployed somewhere and his bride sends him long leters and pics Josh is doing great and is a wonderfull dog. Still somewhat scared /insecure in town and sometimes in the house, but is making good progress. Surrounded by nature he's in his element. I'm thinking probably he had never been in a town or a house before. He's good with people (often a bit scared of strangers, but friendly and his core temperament is super relaxed, not one bit of agression on this boy), great with dogs, usually ignores but is friendly and very polite when aproached. Super calm in the car, goes in and out on command. Great with the cat. Never wanders off and always comes when called. Will often stop a couple of steps away from me so drags a long line. Loves food, loves toys and playing and is smart, so very easy to train. Nice off switch in the house, lots of energy when whe're doing stuff. Is sweet as can be and loves to cuddle. After not even 7 weeks, his bond to me is as strong as Tess's. They love each other and play a lot. She's a real big sister, he looks up to her for direction and learns a lot from her. Honestly I can't find one single flaw in this dog, everything he's still scared about or doesn't do "right" is easily fixable/taught. Tess is my heart dog but she does have flaws, mostly with regards to people and dogs selectiveness and her belief she's the queen of the universe which does get a bit old sometimes. Josh is kind of perfect. One man's trash is another man's treasure, you know? And now for what really matters, pics The beach is a big favorite Loony dog getting dirty is lots of fun Washing the dirt off is equally fun Frisbee! More frisbee! And one more just because
  13. I missed the banjo video the first time around. It rocks
  14. That's so sad. I loved his posts, would have loved to have met him.
  15. My mind isn't at it's quickest at the moment, so I find I have something else to add . My Tess is people selective and will show teeth if some random stranger wants to pet her out of the blue. I'm always carefull with her and strangers, specially children. But she's also the perfect dog for kids who are afraid of dogs, as they won't crowd her and want to hug her the moment they meet her. She's very interactive with people so she'll go get a toy and sit in front of them, clearly asking for them to grab it and throw it. Even a fearfull kid can't resist that look for long. The same way she likes people to respect her space, she's also very respectfull of their space. No jumping on them, no trying to snatch the toy from their hands, no nipping at their clothes. Fearfull kids are soon playing with her and soon after petting her, which she accepts beautifully because they're by now play friends. Just to say that I wouldn't worry much about a bc and your future kids, as long as you teach both dog and kids proper ways to interact, it should not be a problem. What I find about bc's is that as long as you teach them, they learn easily what is expected. But you do need to teach them. They're usually very not like those easy going happy go lucky dogs that are always great with everything that comes their way. They excell at learning though. More that that, they NEED it to be happy. They have an absolute need to be always learning. If you don't provide that, they will learn things you probably won't like.
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