… a great taste in shoes

27 09 2010

It’s a long time since I wrote last time.
Summer is over, so no more swimming in the lakes and soon we’ll have to keep the door shut if we shouldn’t let the heat out. But for now the weather is still fine, and the door is open all day so Pandora can go in and out. And for the last two months, she hasn’t been wearing the long leash that used to keep her in the garden.
Now she can go free and she doesn’t jump the fence to escape or anything. We are very proud of her. The fence is so low (60 cm/24 inches) that it is no challenge for her to jump. But she doesn’t. Great!

Training camp
Pandora is a teenager and that means: rebuilding the top floor.
Some days she trains perfectly. She is clever and learns a lot. The next day I can’t get her attention at all.
Most of the things she learns right now, stays in her head, though.
And that’s a relief.
Two days ago I went training with her near by. Just me and her at a huge football lane. She was very good. First we trained all the sit, stand, lay down-things and afterwards I took off her leash and did all the same things again and she did so fine.
The goodies theses days are chicken cubes which she likes very much, but soon we’ll have to learn to train without as many goodies.
Now we have been training obedience in the new club for 6 weeks. The 7th November we are going to a ‘test test’. Meaning we should try what it’s like to go to at competition. Hence the intensive training these days.
I did that a lot many years ago so I am familiar with it, but it’s good to try again.

Three weeks ago I said: No more agility after this season.
She understands all the obstacles but she is not interested in doing the exercises fast.
She is slow, curious about the objects and takes her time to do stuff.

The tunnel for instance.
She had been running through it four or five times, but then she decided that it was boring.
She stopped in the middle of it to examine the material, the smells and ‘what is in this tunnel for ME’.
This made the tunnel roll sideways. That seemed to frustrate her.
She left the tunnel, but after that, she didn’t want to go back in. She wasn’t afraid but it was like she said: I’ve been there, it’s not for me.
I managed to get her through a couple of times but she was reluctant, as if I had tried to feed her with fruit instead of meat.
I don’t need to tell that the Labrador, the Border collie and the German Shepherds are doing very well. But Pandora is neither, so it takes a lot of patience.
I need to tell myself that she’s doing well for a Czechoslovakian Wolfdog. Sometimes I forget that I have trained German Shepherds and it was a lot easier. And if I compare Pandora with other CsW’s I’m sure she’s doing excellent, actually.

The last few times she has been doing better and better. At the final lesson for this season she was so clever and could do things I didn’t she could.
She did a whole ‘beginners’ field and didn’t run away or try to avoid any of the obstacles. She did it perfectly twice. Then she ran away, but came back and did it very well one more time.
So wolfish, actually. 🙂
The season is now over. No more agility before spring.

Right now I don’t know if we’ll join the team again, but after much consideration I think we will. Not because we want to go to competitions, but because it was very good for Pandora’s obedience skills, too. The agility taught her to work on ‘her own’, several meters from me. And that was quite amazing to see her graduating from ‘running away’ dog to ‘I can do this if I like’ girl.


Czechoslovakian wolfdog agility training

Pandora agility training, A board



Czechoslovakian wolfdog agility training

Pandora agility training, jump



Czechoslovakian wolfdog agility training

Pandora agility training, the tunnel


Talking wolfish
Pandora is a fresh little one. Especially as we go to bed in the evening, she wants to play, bite our hands and won’t go to sleep.

Here’s the trick:
Tummy rubbing
I cuddle and caress Pandora in a calm, slow and gently way on the bare skin on her tummy. That relaxes her a lot.

Mommy sounds
I also make small, squeaking sounds like if you are really satisfied or pleased, like lying in a wonderful soft bed. These sounds remind the dog of the mother comforting the puppy and it works very well on Pandora.

Alone at home
Pandora is still home alone the first three hours a day. And sometimes she still bites things to pieces.
If she has been playing or training hard the evening before, she doesn’t.
If she had a quiet and a little too boring day the day before, she will find stuff to bite in.
Now my husband makes a little treasure hunt every morning by wrapping some goodies in a cardboard box and put it somewhere in the house for Pandora to find.
It is shredded when we come home and it obviously keeps her occupied, as we no longer find any other things bitten and torn apart anymore.

Girls like shoes
A have a little riddle here:
Who’s walking with shoes but do not wear them? Well you guess.
About the eating things stuff, Pandora has managed to ruin at least 5 pair of shoes this summer.
The shoes stand on the floor in our utility room. Once in a while, she has stolen a single shoe and brought it to the lawn at the back of the house for further examination. She enjoys the dissection of the leather.
It’s our own fault if we forget to remove the shoes out of her reach.
But the weirdest part is that last month she stole a shoe (I didn’t see it, though) and now it’s gone. Completely gone. We usually find the shoe or pieces of it, but this shoe is gone. Vanished.
I wonder if I’ll find it next summer buried somewhere between the roses and the lavender.

Bark at the moon

24 09 2009

Facts: 55 cm, 17.8 kg, 4.5 month old

Lost 2 teeth this week

Stars shining
I think I mentioned it last time. In the morning Pandora always has at least 10 stars in her ‘book’ and sometimes she looses them all half an hour before we go to bed. But not this week.

She seems to be more and more competent at: being alone, not peeing in the house, in our beds or where ever.
She’s been very good.

Growing fast – loosing teeth
To my big surprise I measured her Monday evening and discovered that she had grown 3 cm in one week! That’s crazy. But I’m certain that as I look at her last weekend she suddenly looked like an almost grown up dog. Her features were suddenly matured and her chest had broadened. And I was right. 3 cm is quite a lot in such a short time and I started to get a little anxious that she could be in pain. Sunday morning she seamed a little tired and worn out. That was also when I discovered that one of her teeth was very loose, so she didn’t want to eat her own ‘hard’ food. We gave her a little boiled chicken and raw salmon. In the evening she lost the tooth. We heard her playing with it at the wooden kitchen floor, so we actually found it.
After that, she could eat her normal food again and she brightened.
Yesterday she lost one more. Now she looks a little silly as one of her canine teeth is missing.

Rabies vaccination
Wednesday we went to the vet to get her second and last Rabies vaccination. In 120 days (not less!) she’ll have take a blood test to see if the anti bodies are in her blood.

Explanation: Rabies and worms
To go to Sweden a dog has to be rabies vaccinated. After the vaccine it has to be confirmed that the antibodies are in the blood. Sometimes the first vaccine can be a little too weak, and therefore our vet (most vets I guess) vaccinates the dogs twice, to be sure that it’ll make anti bodies.  After the second vaccination there has to be 120 days before the anti body confirmation. NOT 119 days but could be 125 days, it’s ok. The vaccination will be written into Pandoras passport so that she can go with us to Sweden next spring.
Just before we go, she’ll have to have a worm treatment also as Denmark has a sort of worm that Sweden does not have.

Over exercising
I walk 6-10 km once every week. I’d started to bring Pandora with me as her fitness level is increasing, but suddenly I got afraid that I might have overrated her ability to walk 6 km. Now I’ve talked to friends, vets and pet letterboxes and they all seem to agree that 6 km is a little too long, but if we are careful and she doesn’t jump too much it’s ok.
As she was vaccinated, the vet also tested her joints to see if she felt any pain but she didn’t. There were no reactions what so ever.

By the way she loves to climb big stones and she spends a lot of time examining water. All kinds of water.

Clicker training
This week I bought a clicker to use for training.
I’ve heard a lot of good and bad about clicker training. I understand the different opinions. Clicker training is only for people who know exactly what they are doing or are guided by an experienced trainer.
The clicker is used to guide the dog in the exact moment she does the right thing, but first she’ll have to connect the clicking sound with something positive, so all Saturday and Sunday she ate sausages and listened to clicks. Yesterday I accidently pushed the clicker and Pandora came to me for sausage, so the training worked. I haven’t done much into it yet, but I’ll tell more as we use it more. I think it’s good training for her. Especially because she’s having trouble with ‘COME HERE’ commands. And with the clicker I can guide her the instant she’s doing the right thing.

Little wolf by the lake

Little wolf by the lake

Pandora at the stream next to our house

Pandora at the stream next to our house