Archive for the ‘cricket’ Category


Friday, September 9th, 2016

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I just took this puppy on a walk on a 50ft line and for the first time in four years the line never went tight. Cricket listened, she was paying attention to me and the line and still had a wonderful time exploring all the smells.

My dear little bird brain who only had a micro second attention span, no interest in food and an inability to tolerate physical touch now loves clicker training with food, adores massages and, and just went on a relaxed half hour walk without letting her leash get tight once. I cried when we got home I was so happy. It takes a lot of work to enjoy following smells and still keep attention on the person you’re walking with. I don’t know how to convey what a triumph this is for both of us. The other thing I haven’t shared is that cats are Cricket’s nemesis, I have many times despaired of ever teaching her not to chase them, on the way to and from our walk we went by several cat haunts and she responded to my voice each time and never tightened the line.

Here is her first clicker lesson at seven weeks.


Videos and weaning

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Bummer!!! I tried to take a video of Cricket and the pups on the playground yesterday and my video camera died! I guess it’s back to still pictures.

Weaning has started and it’s been a bit bumpy. Cricket won’t stand up for herself. She is allowing them to bully and harass her, nursing whenever they want. In the day time her solution is just to run away. But at night when they are put to bed and have less space she gets cross with them and barks for me to come rescue her, thus putting the weaning on me. It has taken almost all week to figure out a solution that will keep all parties happy and quiet all night. But none of them are the best with regard to the pups future manners and interactions with other dogs. I’m hoping Cricket will learn to tell them “No” when running away stops working. (They are getting very mobile and adventurous and can follow her anywhere in the dog yard now) It’s not good for them to learn they can get away with whatever they want. Bullying and being rude is wrong no matter what species you are.


Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

I put my puppy playground together last night and Cricket promptly went and climbed into the slide house! It was pretty funny because she almost doesn’t fit. Then when I got the clicker out she very quickly climbed or sat on everything even on top of the sandbox turtle lid!!! None of the other girl have ever done that. Echo and Ivy found the playground a nuisance. 🙂 I will get a video of it today.

Little Miss and Cricket

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Little Miss is trying to play with Cricket.

Puppies playing

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Here is a very short clip of the puppies playing.