Probation

Dog lovers generally like or love Loki when they first meet him. They’re fooled by his charm.  Even Bernard, our kennel keeper, had a mile-wide smile the first day he met him. “He’s well-trained,” he said. But that was before he chose to live with the whacka-cracker while we vacation. 

The last time we picked up the dogs after vacation, Bernard was so exhausted from Loki’s crackerdom, that he literally told us there wouldn’t be a kennel in all of Switzerland that would take him for 2,000 Swiss Francs per day.  Those were his exact words. He also said that putting him in a caged kennel would probably be the worst thing for him, so, he would make the sacrifice for us and all the other kennel keepers in Switzerland and take Loki again. I swear to Dog, Internet, those were his words. 

Continue reading “Probation”

Happy Loki-versary

Two years ago this weekend, Mr. Wild Dingo and I drove up to the city to adopt Loki. I still remember the mixed feelings I had when I met him. He was much bigger than I had anticipated and he wasn’t even full grown. But his silly personality and his sad beginnings are what sold Mr. Wild Dingo and I on him.

It’s been a wild and crazy two years with Loki.  While many of our readers think Loki is a well-adjusted, well-behaved, easy-to-train dog, I can honestly admit that it’s been a roller coaster ride and I’m still not certain we’re dialed in tightly as a team yet. With all the training and work we’ve done together in the last two years, he’s still challenging me and calling me on my inconsistencies as his handler. And “handled” he must be.

Loki is a wonderfully smart, driven and silly dog. He’s also easily frustrated which can be good and bad for learning new things. Frustration builds drive and drive builds learning. So while it’s pretty easy to teach him new things, on the flip side, his frustration can lead to undesired behaviors. Loki’s also anxious and unconfident.  He’s a not a dog that would fit in with just any family. Continue reading “Happy Loki-versary”

Total Recall

Siberian Husky owners, you may want to avert your eyes. Because what you’re about to see may give you nightmares and is so horrific it isn’t shown on TV. It may raise your blood pressure or even cause heart failure.  What you are about to see is shocking, frightening and down right against the laws of nature. Don’t say I didn’t warn you for:

Siberian Off-Leash!  

“Hey Retardo! Take notes and watch a real athlete. I am Husky. Catch me if you can!”

Continue reading “Total Recall”

Vote for Sugar Sweet!

Loki’s been at me all day to get this post out in a jiffy for his fellow Formosan Mountain dog, Sugar Sweet. She entered the ring for Hard Working GIRL dog at Mango Minster and she needs your vote!

Loki, Juno and I have known Sugar for a while now and met on the Internet when Sugar’s mom, Crazy Lady, commented on this post because we shared the same breed of dog: a Formosan Mountain Dog. Loki and Sugar had similar temperaments thus, Sugar’s mom, Crazy Lady and I commiserated. But over the last two years, the two of us prevailed and have watched each other’s dogs grow into wonderful…cough, cough… wonderful, well-behaved canine citizens. Continue reading “Vote for Sugar Sweet!”

Scary Smart

hearingA few weeks ago, I won a free evaluation from a dog behaviorist and CAV (certified accupuncture veterinarian). So I used the evaluation on Retardo since there were a few behaviors that still needed work.  The behaviorist/vet was awesome and had a bunch of insight on why Retardo acts like, well, Retardo. While she was twisting her pen around, she noticed that Loki had very sensitve hearing.  Um, you think? I wonder why?

It must be a bitch to get a good nights sleep with those ears. She also noted that his yin pulse was a bit off (resulting in an anxious dog). Wow. I’ve never known him to be “anxious.”

 

Loki-puppy

It’s hard to believe this cute floppy eared puppy turned into… Continue reading “Scary Smart”

Last Days of Summer

In the blink of an eye, summer is almost gone. How’d that happen? Between painfully slow Internet access and frantically pulling together September’s masthead, I thought I’d grab some random Summer training shots of the brats at work. I’m so sad to see the Isle of the Ill-Behaved masthead leave this month! 

img_7974

“I’m not so sure shaking the hula hoop is defined in the definition of “working dog.” Besides, it brings a little too much attention to my apple bottom booty.” Continue reading “Last Days of Summer”

Training Complaining

alligator1I brought Loki to a private training session this week. I told the trainer “I think Loki has a problem.”

The trainer asks, “What’s the problem?”

“Let me show you,” I reply. I turn to Loki and say, “Loki, Fetch!”

Loki slowly walks away then turns around and replies, “So why are you talking to me like that? You always order me around like I’m nothing. You tell me to come, I come, then in the middle of me coming to you, you change your mind and say ‘down.’ Up, down, up, down! What am I, an elevator? You point your finger at me and shoot me like some sadist and the next minute expect me to lay adoringly at your feet.”

“Then you make me sleep on the floor, with my sciatica. And do you ever take me for a decent walk? NO, it’s out of the house, a short pee, and right back home. Maybe if I could stretch out a little, the sciatica wouldn’t kill me so much! I should roll over and play dead for real for all you care!”

“That’s amazing that he can talk! So what’s the problem?” the trainer asks.

“He has a hearing problem! I said ‘Fetch’ not ‘Kvetch!’ ”

****

Kvetching during training is an art form for Loki.  It gives onlookers a great chuckle because it goes a little like this. Continue reading “Training Complaining”

The TravelMarx Visit Wild Dingo

Last week, posting was light because the TravelMarx came to town. I was a bit of a nervous wreck (which ok, is not out of the norm) because one of them is my brother and knowing that one of the two quadrapeds living here is a bit of a lunatic (I won’t name names…but his name begins with a “Lo” an ends with a “ki”), I was really concerned about how they’d all get on during their stay.   Like I had to worry.  I was completely shocked at how well behaved the evil, err, the two were.  So much  packed into four days: dog tricks, dog training, two yoga classes, a party, and a museum visit. Here are a few highlights from their stay.

img_3025

I really wanted Loki to like both TravelMarx so I stuffed two tug toys in Marc’s and Mark’s luggage when I picked them up so they could pull them out after meeting the terrible two-some. I’m a thinker like that.  Anyone who plays tug with the 24-hour tug machine is on Loki’s A-List. Continue reading “The TravelMarx Visit Wild Dingo”

Formosan Mountain Dog Needs Adoption

Ok, I usually don’t do advertise too much specific rescues on my site, but when I saw this, I had to post it. locke This is Locke, a Formosan/Kelpie mix up for adoption on the AHAN Web site. Currently, Locke is in Taiwan. Yes, I know there are tons of dogs in the states that need adoption. But if you’re looking for a very smart, intelligent dog, albeit challenging as all working dogs are,  this breed is for you.

In one of my old posts, Adventures of a Formosan Mountain Dog, a commenter, Chris, living in Taiwan writes “Most Taiwanese only want the imported dogs. It is so sad. They are such great dogs but everyone just treats them like a pest.” (That sounds like what they think of dingoes in Australia.)

Continue reading “Formosan Mountain Dog Needs Adoption”

Chronicles of Loki

For the three readers who actually read this blog, the few who know Loki and ALL the dog handlers at the K-9 Clinic, you all know how far he’s come. Last year, I couldn’t last 3 minutes in class without him yapping, jumping, mouthing and thrashing around like a raving lunatic. Now, when he goes to training class with just me, he’s very well-behaved and fairly quiet and can look like this:

img_3518

A calm, confident, quiet, dog. How about that?

But then we started taking Juno to the same class as Loki mainly because Juno turns into her own version of a raving lunatic when she’s left alone, and well, she can use some obedience training too. But something strange happens when Scott and Juno come onto the same training field as Loki. Continue reading “Chronicles of Loki”

Dream Job

One of my current jobs is to keep the photos and content updated on The K9 Clinic Web site. Can you say “dream job?”  How fun is it to add photos and think of silly captions? Check it out!

img_7727-small

Twinkle Toes, the Formosan Jumping Bean,  shows us it takes more than one human hurdle to challenge his athletics!

Morning Shenanigans

Every morning is routine here at Wild Dingo. Get up, go outside. Clean up dog yard and put up with the ridiculous antics of two very attention-needy dogs. Mr. Wild Dingo has a hard time believing that Juno can be a tough little gal and stand up to Loki. Juno never displays her confidence or strength in front of him to see. Tomorrow’s story we’ll show just how tough she really is. For now, here she is at her best trying to get that bully to be a better playmate.

dsc01681-small

“Hi tough-guy, lookin’ for a little action?”

Continue reading “Morning Shenanigans”