Sunday, February 22, 2009

Dog, Cat and a Pigs Ear

Age: 30 weeks
Weight: 83 pounds

I gave Piston a pigs ear tonight to chew on and Boosh decided that it was far too interesting to not stick her nose in there and check it out.

Minxi even steps in to give things a little sniff. Tho she quickly decided she had no interest in such things...well, at least not enough interest to want to stick around that close to the dog!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

7 Months Old

Boy time sure does fly!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Trunk Bed

Age: 29 weeks
Weight: 81 pounds

Riding in the trunk on the way down to Port Allegany to visit with Gramp for David's birthday. He looked really comfortable....but then I got out the camera and he suddenly started looking quite pouty. I still thought it was cute enough to share...

The bed is from Costco (we "won" it from the SSDCA Ontario Chapter Meet) and it fits perfectly into the trunk space!

On the way home, with the back seat back up, he was more inclined to give smiles for the camera :)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Power Steering

Age: 29 weeks
Weight: 81 pounds

We haven't really mentioned on here the difficulty we've had trying to get Piston to walk in a heel - but those on the Shiloh Forums or those who talk to us regularly have heard about it.  He is independent and has a lot of drive to go explore.  He wouldn't take treats or a toy either. No interest in them compared to all the fun he "could" be having.

It was difficult when we go out to keep his focus - he was too busy with his nose to the ground or watching everything else to get any guidance from us. He is never nervous about anything, he just thinks he is a kid in a candy store, or at Disney World!!  We would try "loose leash walking", but he was always walking too far ahead and would take up all of the slack in the leash. He just was not getting where he was supposed to be.

Several other Shiloh owners on the forums told us to buy a prong collar. It was Sarah who said it was like power steering with her Nero. I had heard her talk about the wonders of the prong before...but to hear from other owners too was a great sign.

So we did it....we bought a prong collar....and you know what....THEY WERE RIGHT!!!

What a difference! He actually pays attention to the guides and corrections. He notices when he is getting near the end of the lead and he slows down a touch to prevent the collar from tightening! Its wonderful!! He has a really high pain tolerance so most corrections don't even phase him, but this seems to work on a different level. Its not pain, its more of a surprise because its different. The prong now gets his attention without having to yank him first! (The martingale collar we were using before just didn't phase him.)

We still aren't in a good heel position, but we are worlds better! This collar has really helped give us hope for gettin Piston to walk politely all the time!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Doggie Play at Bechtel

Age: 28 weeks
Weight: 81 pounds

Rompin with some other dogs at the park...

Loaded up in the car to head home...good thing he tends to lay down in the car! Otherwise, we might outgrow the Magnum!

We got back to the house, he didn't even want go in...just wanted to flop in the snow out front. Our silly "little" snow puppy!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Teaching To Tug

Age: 28 weeks
Weight: 81 pounds

After reading this great article on how to play tug with your dog, we thought we should really give it a try. We figured it would be a good way to tire him out on days when he's got that little bit of extra energy.

So here's our first attempt...

Seems it was more effort for him than we thought...didn't take long to tire him out at all!

We'll keep working on it!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

It's The Little Things...

Age: 28 weeks
Weight: 81 pounds

Piston's got all of his big dog teeth now so we figured he was bound to start destroying toys. So....we bought him this octopus made by Tuffy's. It's cute! Its durable! Its got a squeeker in each leg and it's head!'s purple! ;)

He seems pretty interested, and starts chewing on one of the legs....

But then! GASP! The real fun happens when he realizes there's a tiny little tab of nylon webbing between two of the legs!

It's the little things that keep Piston happy