Monthly Archives: September 2011
What a difference a day makes! Last night the DougalTinie ( Ozzy ) was looking like he not only needed a good brush, he did not smell to sweet either. This is him 'relaxing' on the sofa in the very hot snug sitting room - yes I have taken to lighting a roaring fire in there - well it is almost winter in Staffordshire.Luckily we had booked him in with Leah who runs Top Dogs Mobile Grooming. So this morning at about 10am Leah turned up in her "all in one" mobile dog grooming van, parked up on the drive and plugged in to our power supply so she could have some warm water ready for his shower! We had a really good chat about pet business in the Leek area and swapped stories about recent shows that we had attended. We took Ozzy McDougal out into the mobile dog grooming van and I left them all alone for a few hours while I got on with some boring but necessary housework. Mr Tinie was having a hand strip as part of his dog grooming and it was not something which Leah had had the pleasure of performing much in the past, outside of her training. So after a few breaks to let the little boy have a play ( apparently he was quite well behaved and only tried to nibble her a few times during the grooming session) a new and completely gorgeous pup emerged! Doesn't he look lovely? as you can see he even got a cute little bandanna from Leah as a finishing touch. We were amazed by the amount of fur that actually came out and we have vowed not to leave him so long again. Leah has a picture of the fur!! There was so much that the dogs's dad was tempted to salvage it and fashion his own Ozzy Wig from it! I think that finding a good person who knows what they are talking about in the dog grooming world is almost as hard as finding a good hairdresser. I am really happy to say that I am so glad that we found Top Dogs Mobile Grooming. I already know that Mr Ozzy McDougal will be more than happy to see Leah again as evidenced by the way he was more than happy to play with her after the grooming session had finished! (although apparently he did growl a bit at the fur dryer!) . So tonight we are all sitting happily around the fire with a perfectly pampered pup who smells 200% better than the boy we had this morning. All thanks to Top Dogs Mobile Dog Grooming. If you live in the Leek area and need a well qualified dog groomer who is also a lovely lady to have a chat with then do give Leah a call. You can have a complete pamper session like Mr Dougaltinie had today or just a quick bath and nail trim. We will be having another visit from Leah in a few weeks time when oldtimer Dougal has a pamper session - I expect the old guy will be a lot easier for Leah to handle, she worked miracles today with the pup so we can't wait to see how good Dougal will look after a special grooming session. Huge thanks to Leah for all her time and patience with a pup who is only just over a year old and apparently very attached to his dangle berries ( come on you know what I mean) I daren't reveal to him that by the time he has his next grooming session the dangle berries will be no more. But that will be another story for another day...
In case you have not heard about the Love Pets Show which is being held in on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October at the EXEC in Peterborough we thought we would remind you because we are going to be there! We will be showcasing our Poochie Bells product which is an innovative doggie doorbell used to train your dog to let you know when they want to go outside to take care of some business! We are the only company in the UK who supply this product direct from our online shop. They come in a vast range of colours and designs so you are sure to find one that matches your decor or your doggie personality. We do hope that lots of you will come and see us at the show, but just in case you cannot make it to the event we have teamed up with the smashing Love Pets Show team to let you have a change of winning a set of poochie bells! Prize: One Set of Poochie Bells How To Enter:
- Leave a comment below saying which Poochie Bells design you would like to win, or just that you would like to win the prize!
- Like LovePetsShow on facebook and leave a comment on their wall saying hello.
Deadline: Contest closes September 21st, 11:59 PM BST. Good Luck !! We will be announcing the winner on the Love Pets Show facebook page as well as on our blog. If you are coming along to the LovePetsShow you will have a fantastic family day out, from Pooches to Parrots whatever your favourite type of pet you will see some great displays at the show. You will also be able to ask the pet experts for advice and of course have the change to pamper your pet with all the latest pet products. We hope to see you there.
Hello all we have been trying to do some serious training with our dog Ozzy McDougal or Tinie or barkster as he now likes to be known. What with the house move and website development we have been very bad dog parents and kind of just hoped that he would start behaving himself when he was older! What wishful thinking.... For a long time we have not tackled his barking which he does when he is excited and as a result when anyone came to visit he would just bark constantly from the moment he heard the door bell until he decided he wanted to stop. Telling him to be quiet only made matters worse. So I decided to try him with a rattle tin, to be honest I had heard about this technique before but had completely forgotten about it.So armed with a colemans mustard tin with some coins and a key inside I waited for the barking to start. The first opportunity came when I got back from shopping. Laden with bags I usually open the door to a nice little whimper greeting from old boy Dougal kind of like a little howl of delight that I am home again, and a complete barkfest from Tinie. I had already thought to leave the tin in the hall so that it was at hand for me to use when I got in, so when I entered I said hello and down which Tini will do for a few seconds before he starts barking for attention whilst doing a little skittish run around the place. One sharp shake of the tin..... He was startled even a little scared looking, it stopped him in his tracks and he stopped barking, ran away and when into a down position looking at me in a curious way. He stood and barked again, I said the command "Quiet" and shook the tin once more. Almost immediate result, back into down position and no barking. I praised him and asked him to come, over he trotted looking very happy and greeting me in happy calm way. Next stage was the arrival of Jasmine for work the next morning... usually we have a mad barking half hour as he tries to get to her, I keep him away and usually send him outside until he has worn himself out. He then comes back in but has to be kept out of the office as he barks and barks for attention. So Rattle Tin in hand I answered the door, yes he was already barking having heard the door bell, we both walked in to the room, Tinie gets totally overexcited barking and jumping, cue one sharp shake of the tin. Response stops barking immediately and goes into down position..stays down until he is called to come say hello. Throughout that day he was calmer and did not bark for attention like he usually does. Things were looking good and I though that this was probably enough training for one day, but we had been looking after Scooby - Dougal's brother as he has been a bit poorly so when Karen turned up to collect Scooby with my two godsons I was expecting the usual barkfest. I followed the same steps allowing him to see that we had visitors, he usually goes especially mad when he sees Adam and Ryan, he loves children so to everyone's complete amazement one shake of the tin was all it took for him to calm down considerably and stop barking. Don't get me wrong he was still wagging his little butt like crazy and doing a little howl of delight. But he was only allowed to greet the visitors when he was calm and not barking. So it seems like we may have a solution to the barking, we will continue with the training next week and start to combine it with the "Good Boy Quiet" command after he has been quiet for 15 -20 seconds, with the aim of eventually being able to just use the Be Quiet command ! At least for the moment we have a happier solution all round for the barking boy. We will be posting more about our training journey with the little boy and would love to hear your training tips too!