"giving thanks" for well trained dog :P

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by patandchickens, Nov 25, 2010.

  1. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Russell is only 8.5 months yet but he is very, very food motivated and keeps getting bored and *wanting* to do stuff, so he is fairly well trained for his age.

    It paid off today big-time. "Good dog" brag alert:

    I was trying to wrestle stuffing into the turkey about an hour ago -- I'm originally American, so we celebrate both Thanksgivings in this household [​IMG] -- and I don't know if all Beltsville Small Whites are like this but this one has really weird conformation, the breastbone goes waaaaaay back so there is hardly any opening for you to stuff the bird through.

    Predictably, gravity took over and I ended up with turkey and stuffing crashing to the floor all over the place.

    Naturally Russell came racing into the kitchen. It's a small kitchen and by the time I could say "sit" he was pretty much *amongst* the turkey/stuffing mess, mouth open

    Not having any hands free -- one was still in the turkey holding half of it propped off the floor, and considering what my kitchen floor is like I did not want to let that turkey have any more floor contact than avoidable! -- all I could think of was to shout "Russell! Leave it! Get out!" (he knows that for "go further away from me").

    And what do you know, bless his furry little yellow heart, he DID. He shut his mouth and trotted all the way to the far side of the kitchen and looked back for further instructions. I added "Sit! Stay!", and he did that too!

    I have to say I was not really expecting that, LOL

    Not only that, he stayed obediently there until I had it all cleaned up, several minutes at least.

    When I let him go, I called him into the other room and gave him a little piece of the sausage from the stuffing. It seemed only fair... I definitely owed him one for that! [​IMG]

    Good dog.

    Pat, still new to cooking with a dog around and probably going to put him briefly in his crate next time I have to stuff a turkey, so as not to push my luck [​IMG]

  2. welsummerchicks

    welsummerchicks Songster

    Jul 26, 2010
    A dog that is well trained bonds with his owner in amazing ways. There will be days when they do very silly stupid things(such as this same dog buried my riding boots in the back yard), but there are days when they will pull your chestnuts out of the fire.

    I came home sick from work one day, I put on the stove, a pan with some oil in it to make popcorn. I took out the popcorn, turned on the tv, and passed out. I have no idea why - that particular virus, I guess.

    When I woke up, the oil was on fire, there was black smoke filling the kitchen, and there was an even blacker cloud roiling out of the pot and licking the ceiling, and inside of it, was a big fat flame.

    My volunteer fireman expert buddy told me that in a few minutes, the whole house would have gone up like a tinder box. It took a month to clean up and repair the damage. The reason I woke up, I do think, was that my dog had my forearm in her mouth, and was alternating tugging and pulling me over to the stove with barking her biggest deepest bark. I got up, put out the fire, and turned around to my dog, who was barking her head off, play bowing, and leaping in the air. Thank you, Piper.
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2010
  3. verity

    verity Songster

    Sep 8, 2008
    What a wonderful dog!
    That would not have been the scene at my house!
  4. RiverOtter

    RiverOtter Songster

    Nov 4, 2009
    I'm so glad all your work and training is paying off. You've put a lot of time and love into that dog and are starting to reap the rewards!
    Good job both of you!
  5. Brindlebtch

    Brindlebtch Songster

    Apr 15, 2009
  6. Hound

    Hound Songster

    Apr 25, 2010
    I think it's awesome that you're into the new dog thing 100% and having such great success.
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Thanks Hound -- I really am having a *blast*. It's like training horses only you can do it 30 seconds here and 30 seconds there during your normal life, and it doesn't matter if you're getting middle-aged and getting loathe to fall off much anymore and your riding kinda sucks <g>

    And Russie is *such* a fun doggie, no disrespect meant to all the other fun doggies in the world [​IMG]


  8. Ed62

    Ed62 Songster

    That's great! They will amaze you at how fast they can learn. It sounds like you're gonna have a great companion. [​IMG]

  9. Hound

    Hound Songster

    Apr 25, 2010
    Quote:Yep! There really is no better pet than a dog.
  10. Great Training!!!

    I think "Leave It" is one of the most useful commands we have ever taught our dogs; followed quickly by, "NO", "Wait" (staying at a doorway), "Come" and "Sit".

    Thanks for the story,


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