for this week we have 2 horrific case studies to contemplate
over a cup of tea, or for those with a nervous disposition
maybe something a little stronger.
we have a moment of seriousness for those bringing on their
new puppy, all fairly obvious for those who already have
dogs but maybe if you’ve been dog less for a while
then it may go some way to easing those frustrations of
suddenly having a new dog in the house again……
before that we have this?
spends quite a bit of time outside with us, especially with
the weather being as pleasant as it is. She does her own
thing and potters about in the garden or in the ménage
with the others. When she’s had enough she just lies
down and takes in what’s going on around her. When
she’s ready and we’re all going inside then
she follows the routine and duly comes inside to cause or
one thing we had not accounted for in her behavior is her
rather devious (some may say clever) methodology of making
this is no Paul Daniels Dog doing magic tricks but more
of the ‘now you see it, now you don’t’
we came inside for a break and the dogs came in with us
it was then the Dearest One discovered that she was one
short of a pair of house shoes. One shoe is no good of course
and it was exactly where she left it – except it really
was only one. Not the pair??
searched high and low and just as we were about to give
up the Dearest One went in the front room to discover Freya
playfully destroying a perfectly good house shoe. Naughty
Whilst it amused me (which did not go down well) Freya was
disciplined and the shoe was swopped out for a suitable
toy from the basket.
not to be out done, or even feel awkward or embarrassed
about the heinous act Freya had been caught out with, some
24 hours later a similar incident occurred?? (Oh no –
gasp, shock horror)
had decided that in order to make amends she would re-arrange
the washing that had come out of the dryer, however, this
work was tiring and she needed to rest. So she took a nice
clean T-Shirt of the Dearest One’s, trotted off into
the front room, placed it on the couch and proceeded to
fall asleep on the aforementioned T-Shirt………..
the meantime of course we had the police dogs, the army
search and rescue teams and a helicopter searching for the
it was Dearest One Holmes that investigated and eventually
found both culprit and T-Shirt. The search and rescue squads
called off and sent back to their bases.
was relocated to the conservatory and the T-Shirt rewashed
and is recovering well in the draw.
‘little’ incidents reminded us of just how much
attention these mini Spins need when they are so young and
on the learning ladder.
the 2 incidents themselves don’t amount to much, they
do show that we had or have work to do in ensuring that
Freya understands what is ours and what is hers. The dogs
have a big basket of toys and I don’t think, without
exception, they ALL go to the toy basket if they want to
annoy a toy of some sort. The big dogs even from an early
age were taught that ‘this is yours’ and these
the same as the dog learning and understanding where he
or she is within the pack.
Dogs of course are a pack animal. Even one dog at home is
a pack animal and it should know its position within that
pack. Whether it’s a family with children, a couple
on their own, or just ‘one man and his dog’
– the dog knows or at least must learn where he is
within that pack.
It’s as critical for the dog as it is the owner.
the dog decide and you’re heading for trouble and
potential confrontation. You need to deal with the issues
whilst the dog is young and eager to learn and please.
has to be a pack leader that the dog takes its instructions
from and knows where it can get support, food, praise, play
but most importantly this person should teach it. The dog
WANTS to learn. They are not stupid creatures!!!
are no different even though we have dogs around us all
the time……….Freya HAS to learn who the
leader of the pack is – The Dearest One.
is being kept in line, sensibly and correctly for mutual
benefit. When she grows up and is stronger and mature she
will go out in the Land Rover to the parks and beaches etc
with all the others and with this another learning curve.
But of course at this stage of her development she will
be easier to handle and train. Prior to that the Dearest
One will have taken her down to the village or into town
to get her used to the people, noise, smells and of course
the attention from strangers she will receive.
the time NOW for a relatively short period in making sure
you are the pack leader, someone your dog looks up to. It
knows the disciplines and routines and thereafter you will
have a reliable, trustworthy dog that’s not just fun,
but one to be proud of.
you must be strong, consistent and disciplined in your approach.
If you weaken, so will the dog, as that is how that weakness
will not only be perceived but also accepted by the dog
tell it off and then confuse it!!! Just be consistent and
ensure you teach it repeatedly what you want it to learn.
It may seem harsh at first, but think longer term??
Horror………(If you are of a nervous disposition
then look away now)
Study 1 – Cross Breeding
ago I wrote a piece in the Bankers Notes (JJ Spinone’s
Problem Page) about cross breeding and for those of you
following that particular section in this rather excellent
website then I salute you in your impeccable taste and if
you’re new to us and this website, then I hope its
intuitive, informative and you’ve had a laugh and
of course learned something from it.
certainly won’t learn anything from this next bit!!!!
ago I was thinking about this cross breeding thing? Because
I think about these things!!
And it occurred to me that whilst crossing Big Poodles with
Labradors is seen as “fashionable” I personally
don’t think anyone benefits – very especially
I see no point to it at all. Birds don’t cross breed
do they? – imagine a Red Kite or a Buzzard being crossed
with a little Blue Tit or a Robin?? Bloody Hell………these
new Blue Kites would not sit on the side of a peanut net
pecking away they would simply rip the branch off the tree
and clear off with the lot. The Buzzbin sat on your Spade
handle is likely to pick it up and wrap round your head
if you don’t feed it……….
talking about this cross breeding thing with the Dearest
One and I decided to try it. Yes against all my principles
I wanted to see what all the fuss about.
However, me being me I wanted to be more radical, push the
limits, extend the boundaries, and show scientists just
exactly what they were missing…..I would produce the
missing link between man and dog!! Wait wait wait………..I
wouldn’t produce it, but in my secret laboratory I
Oh good grief you’re worse than me!!!!!!!!!
for the first time ever, I can now proudly expose to the
world my creation:
and Gentlemen – I present to you……….
African Italian Spinpanze
has taken patience, a lot of courage and of course belief
in the cause to get this result. For now I have named it
it’s grown up a little more I will take it for walks
in the woods where it can climb trees and swing from branch
to branch, and I’m sure it will be equally at home
in the high street where it will take bananas from anyone,
steal them from outside fruit shops and cling to small children
terrorizing them and their parents.
OK so I’ve gone too far this time I hear you say………..you’re
right and indeed when I saw this monstrosity I have to agree
this was evolutional trip too far. Not to worry I have an
antidote already prepared??
Study 2 – The Antidote
stage left “Max” – Max is our Old and
reliable English Springer. He is the old boy of our family
who has been there, done it and got more T-Shirts than I
Max that if the experimental phase of my cunning cross breeding
program had gone wrong he was to step in and deal with the
problem as he best sees fit.
was stunned when he saw the creation that leapt and swung
away from the laboratory, it bounded across the living room,
swinging off the lights. It jumped from the desk to the
dinner table where it nearly knocked over a cup of the Dearest
Ones tea (had it done so it would not have survived the
next two minutes)
looked at the open living room door to the kitchen and went
was there………….they don’t call
them English SPRINGERS for nothing. He leapt, he grabbed
and the creature was bought down to earth and swiftly dealt
hideous creature had been downed and was out.
that was exciting wasn’t it?
Dearest One was thoroughly unimpressed with my experimenting
and consequently threw out all my laboratory equipment.
I was confined to my workshop and was given lots of jobs
to do on the basis that I previously had too much time on
this awful episode I have not tried cross breeding since
– Not with the dogs anyway!!!!!!!
week…………..”How I crossed a
Red Kite with a Jack Russell” and got a yapping flying
machine with real attitude. No child under 5 was safe, no
adult with a take away was safe and neither am I now………..there
finally coming to take me away…………..
next installment of Freya’s Diary will be sent from
an institution where I have a nice room but I’m not
allowed any animal pictures………..
care out there!!!