Meanwhile here's a photo of us with our baby brother (he's 4.5 months old now).
Well it's been absolutely hectic. There's been college videos to do so we've been busy pretending to be film stars. Teddy is still a bit young but he did well on the three behaviours in three different locations. However, Ivy was best at that one. Holly did best with free shaping and changing the cue so overall it's Holly's film that will be sent to the University. Holly's hoping she can better Ivy's score from last time. Block week takes place again this month but we don't get to travel to the UK this year. We'll miss catching with our Uni mates - hello everyone.
Meanwhile here's a photo of us with our baby brother (he's 4.5 months old now).
Meet our new puppy brother. We're teaching him important things like our tails are not chew toys. Here he is chewing one of his many toys which is good. He lets us play with his toys so we're having lots of fun too. He can be annoying when he wants to play while we're trying to snooze in the sun but he'll learn.
Ivy had to do the exam on Sunday and I was delighted to kick back and relax until she told me she got treats for being very good - I'm sure I could have been good too ;-)
The exam was done in two takes but mainly because the batteries went in the camcorder. What took much longer was uploading it which took seven hours - that's almost as long as it took us to drive to university last December.
Tomorrow one of us has a practical exam. We've just received an email telling us that the two behaviours we've to do are Down and Loose Lead Walking. We've to demonstrate 7-8 different ways of learning each of them. The methods we've to show are:
Santa came last night. We're not sure how he snuck in without us seeing him or Rudolf but he did. Here's a photo of Ivy opening her pressie.
We love Christmas, there's lots of lovely smells and we gets lots of treats from visitors who are not yet immune to our "we're starving" look ;-)
We are fully recovered from our trip to England and Wales. We've been practicing lots of new things including ringing a bell to go outside. Ivy keeps doing it but I pretend I don't know how so she does it for me too.
In March we have an assessment and have to learn lots of new behaviours and different ways to learn them so that should be interesting.
We'd like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Now we're off to finish opening our pressies and investigate some lovely smells.
It was really slippy at the B&B, even with our four legged drive we were slipping all over the place. After our breakfast we packed up and headed off early. We took it easy because the roads were so bad but we left lots of time in case we had another long delay.
We had an easy trip down to Wales so took at break and went to the beach. Here's a photo of us enjoying the sunshine at the beach.
We spent a while at Holyhead waiting on our ferry so we enjoyed a walk there too. The ferry journey was quiet and we slept the whole way. It was great to arrive home and see our familiar surroundings. We really enjoyed our long trip to Uni and making lots of new friends but we're happy to be home now.
After our last post we've been asked what rheas are so we've included a photo today. We had a relaxing day today because classes were mainly theory based, teaching the humans how to read our body language (some hope!).
We were supposed to go on a class dog walk at lunchtime but we didn't have time. After classes we met up with our friends when we were all collected from the kennels. It's hard to believe that we only met last Thursday. There's only ourselves and Charlie the staffie left at the B&B. Scruff headed off in the bus from Uni and we gave Clementine a lift back so she could head off for her train home. We've never been on a bus or train - we must try that some day.
It's very cold here tonight, so we're going to have an early night. We've a long day tomorrow. We'll be in the car to head back through England and then Wales where we went to the beach on the way over. Hopefully we'll have an easier drive back because if we get to Wales early we can go to the seaside and play in the sand and the sea. Keep your paws crossed for us. We're going to get the ferry again - hope it's as much fun as last time.
Today we set off for Uni with Clementine and Scruff as usual. We found out that Clementine's "pet" name is Tiny which is funny because she's a giant dog ;-)
We headed straight for kennels and then had training in the morning and afternoon but June had to train other animals today too.
Ivy went to the morning training session again and learned targeting aswell as a new method called 300 peck. When Ivy came back to kennels June started teaching the rhea to bow. We hadn't seen a bird the size of a human before. Apparently they are not very smart but they stole the lecturers keys and she had to rugby tackle the bird to get them back - a pity we missed the excitement.
In the afternoon some of the trainers swopped dogs so Holly went to Clementine's owner and June trained Clementine the leonberger puppy. Holly learned targeting and how to weave through someones legs which was interesting. Meanwhile Clementine learned some of the things June taught us yesterday.
After this, June had to train other animals again. The first was the meerkats which she was teaching to spin. Meerkats are not really cats - their picture is included above. After this it was time to train the tortoise who was surprisingly good at targeting and enjoyed following the stick and biting the end. After that, one of the snakes, a bearded dragon and a gecko came out so we're glad we missed that part.
Today we got to know some of our class mates better and have included some pictures below so you can meet them too.
Today was an action packed day. In the morning we traveled to kennels and while we were chilling out there, the humans had a go at clicker training themselves - We reckon they'll be surprised how difficult it is and appreciate our efforts more.
After this, it was Ivy's turn to learn something new and she learned to stand in a hula hoop on command and lots of other things too.
We made some new friends today. Rocco is a black dog and Scruff is a white terrier cross who's traveling with us along with Clementine now. We've included some photos so you can see what they look like:
After the morning session who got some time together in the agility arena. Here's a photo of Ivy posing on the A Frame which is beside an aviary - unfortunately the birds can't come out to play ;-) It was fun catching up on our agility.
In the afternoon we found out that tomorrow June will be training meerkats, tortoises and rheas along with the monkeys (and us of course!)
Holly went to the afternoon training session and learned how to walk around a cone on cue. She enjoyed that. I was practicing that too in the morning. When we finished the afternoon session we went for a walk with Clementine and Scruff at the racetrack which was great fun.
We're tired now so we're going to have a rest before class tomorrow. Here's the photos of our friends that we promised:
Today we traveled with Clementine again, we're getting to know her now. There's another dog staying in the same place, he's called Charlie and is a Staffie but he travels with Otter the Border Collie who is also in our class.
We weren't long settled in kennels when it was time to go to class. We both had to go as one of the humans in the class didn't bring her dog so Holly helped her out.
We had to learn something called free shaping, by the end I think we worked it out - it has something to do with standing near a cone. We'll do more tomorrow and should be able to describe it better then.
When we finished our free shaping we then had to learn how to sit again but this time we had to learn to do it when our handler did something else instead of just asking us to sit. Holly had to do it when she was shown a cone and Ivy did it when the human squatted. It was fun once we worked out what was going on.
After this, we went for a walk and saw some of the funny animals. There's some birds who are taller than us; they were really interested in us. There was also some funny animals with really long necks but they seemed a bit scared. Here's a photo of Ivy taking a break during class.
In the afternoon we went back to the kennels and then went home to relax and recharge our batteries for tomorrow. I think we've even more classes tomorrow. We saw some agility equipment; maybe we'll be allowed to try it out.