Follow Giene’s progress on how to train your dog a new trick this winter!
Even the dogs feel like laying in bed all day!
Look below for the video!
Wow, winter has got me down too. I’ve been seeing the posts of robins in people’s backyards and I have serious spring fever! I think my dogs can tell it too.. I get bored and develop a serious lack of motivation. You can see it in my dogs too – We are bored! So, I thought, let’s do something fun and new, something that we haven’t done before…
Recently my son got two pet rats. Say what you will about rats, but you won’t change my mind on how cute I think they are! They are actually really adorable – And are so totally different from one another! Bacon and Sausage and no, I did’n’t name them! are two little sisters. Bacon is thinner and more active. She’s brave and curious. Sausage is more like, well, a fat little sausage! She is pretty shy and doesn’t quite have he courage of her sister… Yet. She’s getting there! We have spent the last two weeks just letting them settle in and get used to us.
This is Bacon on top, and Sausage is on the bottom.
So, now that we have these rats I thought, huh… I bet I can teach my dog to do Barn Hunts! Barn hunts are pretty cool… I’ve looked into doing them before, but you know how other things just either get in the way of new stuff, or frankly there is only so much time in the day! But, this is the year we are going to try something new! My dogs are not terribly interested in the rats though. We live on a little hobby farm and I encourage my dogs to “ignore” our creatures. I don’t want them chasing the cats or chickens, so living peaceably in our home is a must. So, when my dogs met the rats for the first time they were really polite. The looked, they smelled, then they walked away and started playing with their toys. Good Dogs! Course, if they would have been a Rat Terrier or a Border Terrier, the story may have been a different one!
So, here starts my journey of training my dogs and my rats. Training my dogs to “find the rat” when the rat is full hidden behind or under bales of hay. And training my rats to feel comfortable in the little tube that they’ll be placed in (to keep them confined and to keep them safe). Must be a little like crate training, right? And, rats are supposed to be super smart, so – I’m excited to start!
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Oh, I almost forgot! Don’t worry if you don’t have rats to practice with… You can teach your dog to find just about anything you’d like them to! You can teach them to find you keys, or truffles in the backyard, or your other dog. You can substitute the “rat” for whatever you’d like!
Looking forward to doing this with you!
–Giene, Violet, Axl, Bacon & Sausage