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Something's missing

Post by Pam » Wed, 13 Oct 1999 04:00:00



I love my dog and spend lots of quality time with her.  But I can't help
feeling something's missing.  I want to 'do' something with her.  We did
agility for a little while and really enjoyed it.  But because of the money
for classes adding up and time spent driving to and from a place to
practice/learn was about the same as the actual classes, we got a little
discouraged.  So I'd like to try something else.  I would love to have a
search dog, but what little I read of that, you have to start training real
young, my Lab is already 3 years old.  I was watching a show the other
night called 'Wonder Dogs'.  Part of the competition was water retrieving.
That is something my Bailey (as most Labs) LOVES to do.  Anyone have info
on competitions or something involving that?

--Pam

P.S.  Thanks for the info on Sheep Herding competition I had asked about.
Interesting reading, but haven't found anything held in my area yet.  No, I
wasn't looking to put my Lab into that activity, just really enjoy watching
it.

 
 
 

Something's missing

Post by black.. » Wed, 13 Oct 1999 04:00:00


: I love my dog and spend lots of quality time with her.  But I can't help
: feeling something's missing.  I want to 'do' something with her.  We did
: agility for a little while and really enjoyed it.  But because of the money
: for classes adding up and time spent driving to and from a place to
: practice/learn was about the same as the actual classes, we got a little
: discouraged.  So I'd like to try something else.  I would love to have a
: search dog, but what little I read of that, you have to start training real
: young, my Lab is already 3 years old.  I was watching a show the other
: night called 'Wonder Dogs'.  Part of the competition was water retrieving.
: That is something my Bailey (as most Labs) LOVES to do.  Anyone have info
: on competitions or something involving that?

: --Pam

: P.S.  Thanks for the info on Sheep Herding competition I had asked about.
: Interesting reading, but haven't found anything held in my area yet.  No, I
: wasn't looking to put my Lab into that activity, just really enjoy watching
: it.

If you can't afford agility (in
either time or money) then search and rescue will not be a good
alternative.  Therapy dogs is perhaps the least expensive of the
activities that can be very satisifying to the dog, but there are lots of
others to choose from.  See http://www.dog-play.com/

Diane Blackman

-     -     -     -     -     -     -     -
"The nature of reinforcement and its timing and delivery are essential for
a dog trainer to master."  "Smart Trainers -- Brilliant Dogs" by Janet
Lewis

 
 
 

Something's missing

Post by Jerry How » Wed, 13 Oct 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> I love my dog and spend lots of quality time with her.  But I can't help
> feeling something's missing.  I want to 'do' something with her.  We did
> agility for a little while and really enjoyed it.  But because of the money
> for classes adding up and time spent driving to and from a place to
> practice/learn was about the same as the actual classes, we got a little
> discouraged.  So I'd like to try something else.  I would love to have a
> search dog, but what little I read of that, you have to start training real
> young, my Lab is already 3 years old.  I was watching a show the other
> night called 'Wonder Dogs'.  Part of the competition was water retrieving.
> That is something my Bailey (as most Labs) LOVES to do.  Anyone have info
> on competitions or something involving that?

> --Pam

> P.S.  Thanks for the info on Sheep Herding competition I had asked about.
> Interesting reading, but haven't found anything held in my area yet.  No, I
> wasn't looking to put my Lab into that activity, just really enjoy watching
> it.

That sounds like age discrimination? Old dogs can learn equally as well as
young dogs.

You might find some herding trials at county fairs. J>

 
 
 

Something's missing

Post by kathlee » Wed, 13 Oct 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> I love my dog and spend lots of quality time with her.  But I can't help
> feeling something's missing.  I want to 'do' something with her.

Our local SPCA has a program wherein well-socialized, obedient dogs (they don't
have to have Therapy Dog degrees, to my knowledge) and their owners go on
visitations to hospitals and nursing homes with their owners.

I'd think that would be very fulfilling.

PS - i know what you mean about $$ and time.  I'd like to do this activity
myself, but I can't afford to pay a babysitter to watch my kids every Sat.
morning.

kathleen