Tuesday, January 28, 2014

It's COLD!!!

I did a bit of agility training with Ripp and Cricket yesterday and I about froze my hands off! I'm looking forward to Spring! But Ripp is doing well in his training! He's just about got the weaves down pat! Cricket's getting some REALLY hard weave entries lately! I'm so proud of him! YAY!!  Well I hope it warms up before too long! I probably won't make another video for a while. It's too cold. :) Post again later!


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Updates on Ripp's Agility Progress.

This is Ripp doing his weaves! They're all in line now! YAY! He's learning so fast that I can't believe it!!
Here's the video I made of him doing agility yesterday!

Click HERE to go to video(opens in a new window).
I'm extremely proud of him!
I'm hoping to take him to visit a trial sometime in February so that he can get used to the environment, and maybe so he can get measured to see what height he'll jump. I kinda measured him with a yardstick but that's not super accurate. He'll either jump 20" or 24". But if he jumps 24" I'll enter him as preferred because I don't think he really needs to jump that high. 
So anyways... thanks for reading/watching! I'll post later with some more updates! :)


Sunday, January 19, 2014

Agility! (It's pretty much my favorite thing to talk about!)

So I've been training more with Ripp! That's what I ended up naming him. I think it suits him! He's responding really well! He's learned the jumps, the tunnel, and he's almost got the weaves! This is super exciting for me! He's also starting to do several obstacles in a row! He's learned basic commands such as sit, lie down, stay, sand shake. He knows how to come but it's not proofed yet. He still gets so distracted sometimes that he doesn't listen. We're working on that and he is getting better! YAY!
 Here's the latest video I've made of him:
Click HERE to go to the video (opens in new window)! 
As for Cricket...He's doing great! I've been doing some hard jump patterns with him and he's learning fast! I have a trial coming up with him at the en of Feb. and also one in the middle of March! Wish us luck!! Please, feel free to subscribe to my Youtube channel! Thanks for reading!!


Sunday, January 5, 2014

A New Furiend!!

So I've been looking for a new dog to do agility with. I've been looking at Border Collies and was considering buying a puppy. Then I decided to rescue one instead of buying a puppy. So I was looking and looking but nothing was turning up. Then my mom and I were out shopping in a town that we hardly ever go to. She wanted to go into this store but I didn't want to so I just went into the pet store that's next to it. I walk in and there's this Border Collie crated next to the door, ready for adoption. The local shelter had brought some of their dogs to feature them at the pet store and he was one of those dogs. He was beautiful! I just stared at him for a few minutes. Then I started asking the shelter people, and the foster, questions about him and their adoption process. I asked them what his name was. They said it was Prancer. I asked the foster if I could let him out and pet him. He said I could, so I did! I called my mom and asked her to come over to the pet store when she was finished. She came over there. She said to ask my dad if I could have him. I told the foster guy that I was interested but I would have to ask my dad. He gave me his number so I could call him and let him know what my dad said. We went home. I asked my dad and he said I could get him! I called the guy and we set up a day to meet at the shelter so I could adopt Prancer. I get to pick him up tomorrow if we don't get snowed in! YAY!! I'm SO excited! I can't wait to start training him! Here's a picture that the foster took of him:
Isn't he so pretty? He looks like he may have a tiny bit of Australian Shepherd in him. I think I'll change his name, though. He doesn't seem like a prancer to me. Any name ideas? I really want him to have some kind of action/agility type of name. Here are some names I like:

Feel free to suggest names! Or rank these names for me, from 1-9. 1 being your favorite, and 9 being your least favorite. :)  Thanks for reading! I'll write again later telling you what I end up naming him!


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Gluten Free/Paleo Dog Treats.

So today I thought I'd share one of my recipes with y'all. This is one that I use a LOT! My Westie boy is highly allergic to grain so I adapted this recipe to be grain free. There is nothing in this recipe that I wouldn't eat for myself!

~2 1/2 Cups: Almond Flour.
~2: Large Eggs.
~1 Cup: of pureed fruit or pureed cooked meat(if using cooked meat, add a bit of broth to make is easier to puree).
~1/4 Cup: Chicken or Beef Stock.


~Put all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly(Mixture will be fairly dry).
~Put parchment paper onto a cookie sheet.
~Put the dough onto parchment paper and spread out until it's about 1/4 inch thick, or thinner if you want it to cook faster.
~Bake dough on 170 Degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes, or until firm.
~Cut into desired sizes.
~Bake on 170 for another hour, or until desired done-ness.
~Let cool.
Makes aprox. 300 treats(depending on how big you make them).

"What is almond flour?"
Almond flour is finely ground almonds. It is used in a LOT of paleo recipes. It can most likely be found at your local health food store. Sometimes you can find it in a regular supermarket.

I hope y'all like this recipe! It takes a fairly long time to bake because you basically have to dehydrate it. I actually have tried to dehydrate some in a dehydrator, but it doesn't turn out as good. Thanks for reading! I hope y'all enjoy making these treats!