Breedist

Ever notice if your dog recognizes his kind? Juno always cries when she sees another Northern breed. But Loki surprises me because he’s a mixed breed: Formosan and German Shepherd. Since we don’t meet many Formosan’s in Switzerland (ok none) his tendency is naturally toward German Shepherds. But I’m 100% certain, his favorite breed to mix it up with is the Belgian Shepherd, which we see plenty of in Switzerland. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Malinois or a Tervuren, Loki is typically head over heels for them. We came upon these two on a walk recently, as they were playing in a field with two other dogs.  Though they approached us, they were calm and submissive which helped Loki keep a lid on his crackery with his leash still on. Continue reading “Breedist”

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. 

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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:

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

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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.”

 

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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! 

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“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!’ ”

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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.

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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”

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:

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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!

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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.

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

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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Hot Dogs

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This month’s masthead celebrates one of America’s favorite junk foods. I don’t think I would ever got the Husky to do a single thing without the magic of hot dogs. Marker training rules. Even for low drive dogs, like the Husky. Loki? He’ll do anything just for his marker word and some praise. For a hot dog, well, he’d probably rescue a baby from a burning building or land a 747 jet plane.  Juno? Well, she needs a little more motivation to come, heel or roll over. At least initially. And she cannot resist the hot dog. It doesn’t take long to ween her off the dogs and just get her working for praise, but initially, she needs them to learn a new thing that she’s afraid of. Which is about everything. She’s especially afraid of Mr. Wild Dingo.  Looks like he’ll be carrying those hot dogs for a long time!

Formosan Dogs: The Next Trend since Pit Bulls and Chihuahuas

formosan-dogWild Dingo received a voice mail message from a person asking if I had any available Formosan dogs or where to get them. If only I had the answer. Formosan dogs seem to be replacing Pit Bulls and Chihuahuas as ‘the cool breed to own.’  And as much as I love this breed, I caution, if you don’t know what you’re getting into when you get a Formosan dog, you probably should either talk to those that have them or do some more research. They are high-energy, high-drive, working dogs who need their brains worked constantly. If you don’t have the capacity to do this, then you’ll probably have a dog who acts out and gets into a little trouble.

From what I read, Formosan dogs are very rare and it’s unlikely you’ll find a pure bred Formosan. It’s more likely you’ll get a mixed breed Formosan. Loki is not full Formosan and is definitely part German Shepherd. I made the educated guess that he is also part Formosan from his build and his temperament (high drive, working dog, similar to the GSD). He has a triangular head, muscular body shape, long legs and no belly hair just like a Formosan dog, but his markings and large ears are definitely GSD. But he’s definitely part Formosan based on his build and temperament. It seems Formosan temperaments are similar to GSD’s in terms of herding, guarding and high-working drives. Continue reading “Formosan Dogs: The Next Trend since Pit Bulls and Chihuahuas”

Born to be Wild!

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The trainer that Loki and Juno work with once said that huskies were “wild” dogs and not really meant to be domestic, or something along those lines. I could be mincing words so don’t get up in my grill about his exact words or disagreeing with his opinion. He’s an experienced K9 police dog trainer who works a lot with German Shepherd Dogs so I get his point. What’s true about Huskies is that they are adventurous and very independent, which can almost be synonymous with “wild.” But the truth is, Loki (the GSD mix in this photo) is the wild one and Juno is the sweet, mostly well-adjusted dog (we’ll get to her oh-so-fun behaviors later this month).  Continue reading “Born to be Wild!”