There is still hope … and such

6 08 2014

Summer. The hottest in many years. Wolfdog owners will know that this is not the favourite season of the year for our breed.
It’s quite a while since my last post. The more stable and reliable Pandora gets, the more difficult it is to find crazy stories to tell.
This should actually be a comfort for those with young (below 3 years old) wolfdogs. Are you struggling with your dogs obedience, have patience. There will come a day.

czechoslovakian wolfdog watching at lake

Observing

 

Training

For about 3 years we have been doing clicker training. The basics of this kind of training is using only positive learning.
Never on the training court have I needed to verbally correct, yank or otherwise stop Pandora during these training sessions. Therefore both Pandora and I are always looking forward to the training sessions, and Pandora is so vigilant and observant, that you could almost think she was a ‘normal’ dog. Meaning: easy trainable.

Actually the last couple of times the instructor has wanted to show something in ‘class’, she has asked Pandora and I to show how it should be done! Crazy! We are in the top of the class, who would ever have thought that? 3 years ago we were the absolute bottom of any class!

And then … sigh. Our clever and wonderful instructor Lene Frahm is taking a break for the rest of the year.
To train her own dogs! What’s that about?? 🙂
Anyway, there’s a small risk that she takes an even longer leave and what are we supposed to do then, Pandora and I? I have to train now and then with others.
I mean, we train almost every day on smaller bases. In the kitchen, on the walks, whenever. But now and then we need company and inspiration.
So I have decided to participate in a course which will make me an instructor in clicker training.
It is quite expensive, but guess what? I may bring the girl with me, and that makes it worth all the money.
I’m supposed to start in September, and after that, I’ll let you know.

Too much of a bone

Now and then Pandora gets a HUGE bone. It must be the thigh of a cow or something, dried or smoked. Anyway, she doesn’t really get happy for these. She gets worried. She starts crying and you can actually see the concern in her eyes.
‘What am I supposed to do with this, y’think? Where should I put it?’
She’ll enjoy it for one day or so, and then – if she gets the chance – she’ll dig it down.
That’s what happened one day we were sitting at the terrace. She had found the bone in the living room and now she came into the garden with it.
Sneaking. In stealth mode, she hid behind a bush and started digging. The logic is: If she can’t see us, we can’t see her.

After the digging she used her snout to cover the bone in the dirt. This took quite a while as it was a big bone.
The work done, she walked away and came over to us, sitting on the terrace, just to make sure we hadn’t seen anything.
Her snout was very dirty so I brushed it and discovered a huge abrasion on the rubbery part of her nose. All the black was gone and the blood was oozing through. Poor girl. So much hard work and then an ugly and annoying wound.
For two weeks she had a scar in bright pink. Luckily it finally turned black as it should, but now we are very aware when she gets a bone.

three czechoslovakian wolfdogs with bones in the garden

Friends and bones

Camping

Summer and camping. First we went to the western ocean, to Rømø (Roemoe) a small island with the best beach in the world. We have been there many times before.
Last year Pandora was afraid of the waves. This summer she didn’t care.
Do notice that, as we are talking about a change in self confidence even after she has turned 4 year.
Anyway, we had the camper very near a water post. This meant that people were constantly stopping near our place to pick up water. Also a lot of dogs walked by.
This was a great exercise for the girl, as after 5 hours she didn’t bother about anything any more.
As you can see on the picture (of our very lopsided tent) Pandora is lying in front of the tent with no leash, just relaxing.
So wolfdog owners: there is still hope!

czechoslovakian wolfdog in front of tent

Rømø Camping, no leash

Camping 2.0

The week after we went camping with Rolf, Uno and Xtreme. We went to the Scandinavian Animal Zoo to see wolves amongst other things. The goal was Kaloe and Kaloe Cove, to see and photograph the castle ruin there.
This time we were just camping with a tent, not the camper.

3 dogs and 3 humans in the tent at night and it all went very well. The only downside was the heat. It was so hot that we hardly managed to do anything in the middle of the day, but I hope it’s not the last time we are taking a trip like that together.

czechoslovakian-wolfdog at top of the castle

A princess at the top of the castle at Kalø Vig (Kaleo Cove)

Friends – not for the touchy

We socialize all the time. With wolf dogs, other dogs and people.
Dariusz is Pandoras’ ‘baby’. She’s known him since he was a little one, now he is a BIG one.

One day when Dariusz was visiting, Pandora got ill and was vomiting.
What are friends for? Dariusz and Pandora shared the puke and ate it all up. Cheers!

Mouth water, the best there is

We went for a swim in our lake. On our way back we met some people with 3 dogs. One of them was a New Foundlander. The big dog sweat and was drooling, heavily dripping on the ground.
We nodded ‘hello’ and walked on, Pandora next to me in her leash. You could actually follow the trace back from the New Foundlander as its mouth water was visible pools at the side of the road. Pandora saw some mouth water hanging from the grass and took a big ‘slurp’ and ate (drank?) it.
No wonder dogs get ill!

Visit from Freybug

We met him last year as a small puppy, now he was a young boy about Pandoras’ size.
Neither my husband or i was there when Freybug arrived to our place. It was Auntie B who welcomed Freybug and his ‘dad’.
For some reason Pandora got extremely angry at Freybug. If she was insecure without her humans or something tricked her, we don’t know, but he was told to ‘stay away’ in a very harsh tone. Snarling and barking at him.
As I arrived a few minutes later, we decided to take the dogs for a walk. And within 5 minutes there was no longer any problems. Some misunderstanding had happened when they met, and then it was over.
It was nice to meet Freybug and his ‘dad’, who (the human) has a very positive attitude towards his dog.

czechoslovakian wolfdogs, male and female

Meeting Freybug

Camp

In June we were invited to a camp arranged by Auntie B and Johnni from Sealand.
We were in need of time as we (Cirkus Sort, our fire show) had been performing at the big CopenHell festival. For 3 days Pandora was taken care of by Auntie B. It’s the first time we have been away from Pandora for so long. Luckily we knew she were in the best of hands and the solution was so much better than bringing her to a kennel.
After three days we met our girl at the camp, where Auntie had taken her.
It was a very happy – but tired – girl that met us.
That day I had promised to tell about clicker and motivation training. I used Pandora to show what we could, but she was extremely lazy. She did a ‘fetch’ in the slowest possible way, but she did it.
I hope the people participating did understand the effect of clicker training after all. They seamed positive, at least.
The next day I told about doing tracks, and everybody did a track with much success.
The camp also had a visit from a well know wolf expert Freddy Worm. He told about his wifes training of a wolf, which she had brought to obedience training.
Freddy is such a nice person, and his stories about wolves, you could listen to forever.

Back to work

Now our holiday has ended and I am back to work with Pandora by my side.
It’s still hot outside so she is pretty relaxed. all in all it has been a wonderful dog summer. with lots of friends and socialization. The most important thing in a wolf dogs life.

Bye for now, I’ll write soon I hope. Enjoy the rest of  your summer out there.

czechoslovakian wolfdog upside down

Wasted

 

PS. Photos

I’m actually very bad at remembering taking pictures. Especially because my husband takes photos on all our trips. If you want to see more pictures from our holidays and daily life, please visit Pandoras’ Facebook, where you can see all the gorgeous photos of her and her friends.

https://www.facebook.com/pandora.wolfdog

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It’s all in the pack

4 08 2012

Quite a long time since I wrote last time, but here we go.

Guard and Pandora
In May, we were dog sitting the wonderful Guard that we met at the Medieval market (see last post). For 12 days the boy stayed with us, keeping Pandora company.
It was so great, though the logistics around it was a little difficult.
Everyday someone was with the dogs. I took two days off. My boyfriend took one day off, another friend was dog sitting for two days, and Bethina, now called Auntie Bethina, took care of the dogs for four days.
It went very well.

Chechoslovakian wolfdogs sleepiong together

Guard and Pandora sleeping together

The first two-three days they were playing all the time. Like they couldn’t get enough of each other. After that, they spend time together as old friends.
Lucky with the wether, both dogs could stay out almost all day, and Guard, who usually live in Copenhagen in the city, enjoyed the garden and the ability to stay out all day.
After a few days he also whined in joy when I came home, just as they were both looking out of the window at the same time when I left.

Chechoslovakian wolfdogs in window

Guard and Pandora in the window

The hard part, was when Guard was picked up and the dogs had to say goodbye. Pandora was very quiet for days, and Guards mum wrote that Guard seemed heartbroken. I hope we can see them soon again as they really enjoyed and respected each other.

Nose jobs
Apart from that Pandora has attended a nose working course. Here we were doing tracks, Identity search and field search.
Tracking was the best part. She loves that so much and is extremely good at it.
Field search is a little too boring for her, and identity search was also, I think, a piece of cake and therefor boring.

Later we went to a scent discriminating course. The idea was to make the dog prefer an orange to an apple and a tomato.
Pandora did fine, but the days were long. Maybe a little too long. But we learned a lot, and mostly we became very good at using the clicker.
(Search the internet for clicker training if this makes no sense to you.)

Holiday
Now it is summer holiday and we have just been camping near the western sea (Rømø). Last year Pandora was afraid of the big waves. She wasn’t this year. She even learned to jump over them to swim further out.
She is not a big fan of swimming though. She’ll swim for 15-20 minutes, then she want’s to go back to shore.
But it was fine and we enjoyed ourselves a lot.
Apart from that, she has matured so very much within the last 3-6 months.
Going on camping with her was so easy and relaxing.
In a leash she was laying outside the tent of the camper and slept or just relaxed looking a people and dogs passing by.
No problem what so ever.

Chechoslovakian wolfdog on camping

Pandora sleeping on camping while we unpack

Surprisingly we met another wolfdog there, but the owners weren’t into talking, and they shortly said that their dog was a Lukanish wolf dog (I have no clue of what that is, does anyone of you?).
After that we met a dog, a breed between a Husky and a white german shepherd. It looked very much like a wolf dog, very beautiful.

Dariuz and Pandora
A this very moment, we are dog sitting little Dariusz. (See earlier post).
He is now 4 month old, and growing like weed.
He is 53 cm tall, and weighs 25 kilo. That is 10 cm taller than Pandora was when she was 4 month old. He is going to be major.
Pandora seems to find it a little annoying having him around all the time, but there’s no doubt the she likes him.
She doesn’t complain when he is rough with her, and only once has she told him to lay low or else …
It is so great to have wolf dog friends around, ‘cos they play in such a special way.
Tonight the two dogs will be tired and wasted in the exact right way 🙂

Chechoslovakian wolfdog, puppy and Pandora

Pandora and Dariusz playing in the lake

The danger in a wolfdog
One day as my boyfriend took Guard and Pandora for a walk, they were attacked by a Jack Russell. How stupid is that?
The Russell bit Pandora near the eye, and both wolf dogs got angry, of course, but they never hurt the little s###.
Did I call the police? No, I did not.
I know it would be a good idea to report it, just for the statistics, and also because I know who would be blamed had Pandora bit the Russell when it passed OUR house. But the owners are also neighbors, and if anything happens another time, the wolf looking dog will surely be blamed.

Two days later, people living up the street, have a White German shepherd. This dog is beyond crazy. It barks and growl when they pass our house.
Guard and Pandora was standing in our entrance behind our small fence, when the teenage daughter came walking with the white idjet. She couldn’t hold the dog, and tadaa, it bit Pandora in the lip.
I’m sorry but that dog really pisses me off.

Last week, I was walking Pandora alone and I had to pass their house.
I’m always on alert when I reach their house. And then the white killer came around the corner, growling in anger at me and Pandora.
I moved Pandora behind me to defend her, and took a step toward the dog, yelling NO!
It turned around, disappeared, but then came back.
Growling, snaring in anger it tried to block the way for us. Hello, we were standing in the middle of the road!
Again I took a step in front of Pandora to dampen her and protect her.
I growled back at the dog, and shout: If you touch my dog, you bastard, I’ll kill you, I swear.

Someone in the house called the dog and it left. As I walked on, passing their entrance, the woman of the house was standing in the entrance and said: Sorry about that.
I bit me theeth hard togehter and spit: It’s ok.
But it wasn’t! The dog is utterly crazy. And the fault? It’s only based on the owners.
How I hate to see through the fingers with dogs like that, just to move attention away from my own dog.
In fear that the CzW will be forbidden in DK if ANY bad attention is paid towards this breed.
God I hate that stupid dog law that we have.

End of the holidays
Next week the holiday is over and Pandora will go back to be alone a couple of hours a day.
And then school starts. All the training starts in the same week.
Rally on tuesdays, agility on thursdays and nose work on sundays. It’s gonna be hard for the small PAndora, but it is so good for her.

Chechoslovakian wolfdog sleepy head

Yours sincerely