Saturday, March 27, 2010

My Training Journey by Mango

This post has many words and a few random pictures, but I think it is important to share with you in case it helps other doggies and also so that you can better appreciate my posts about my trainings.


I guess it all started with my Beautiful Raja. She was momma's first mastiff and at the time momma fancied herself a pretty good trainer having previously trained my Grandpa Angus the Airedale to sub novice obedience and her little Pi dog (whom I never met) to be a therapy dog.






Grandpa Angus at his obedience competition (hey! check out that sit with stays)


Little Pi

But when Raja was a teenager she started to get really grouchy and didn't want any doggies or people getting close to her. Curiously, she did still enjoy daycare (and didn't get kicked out like me). Apparently she spent her daycare days getting snuggles and yelling at doggies who ran too fast.

Well Raja also had the bad hips and suffered from a lot of pain during her short life and momma figured that was what caused her to be so grouchy.

When I came along I was a pretty happy go lucky kind of guy, but then when I became a teenager I started to get scared by a lot of things. I did the show dog thing a couple of times but had to stop because I was afraid to go into the ring. And then I got too scared to go into Grandma and Grandpa's house and even afraid to go into the dog store!



Carefree baby Mango with Beautiful Raja

It didn't take me long, though, to figure out that because I was so HOOGE I could make scary things go away by going AR AR AR and lunging at them. So I started doing that whenever I got nervous on our walkies.

By this time I was approaching two hundred pounds of Mango-ness and momma was most concerned on our walkies. She tried to act calm, but I could tell she worried too whenever we saw another human or doggie so I would scare them away to protect her. After a while, she would find herself sitting by the window timing the comings and goings of our neighbors and the school buses to try and find a time for walkies when there was nobody else out. Well that certainly made her even more nervous.

We went to lots of obedience classes and trainers. I think the trainers pushed momma too hard and tried to make her do things that she wasn't ready for because I could tell that sometimes even SHE was a little afraid of me which made me really sad. Momma says she lost all her confidence as a trainer. Sob.



My teenage self with Beautiful Raja



When I was almost four years old I told momma that we should stop going on walkies because it just upset her too much and it was making me really stressy. After all, I still went on ROTE and I have a nice big yard to play in and get exercise and we kept doing our dog dancing. But it made me sad because once momma "gave up" she stopped challenging me to try new things and started treating me like a baby who couldn't handle any new stuff. And I was getting confused because I was making all my own decisions which was really too much and I admit that I started getting kind of bratty and disrespecting momma even on my estate.






Hey! How did this photo get in here? This is about ME (oops, please excuse my lipstick).



Then I started reading blogs from doggies who had good human trainers and who had some special needs such as my large and handsome self. Doggies like Honey and Loki and Monty. Even Lance and Vito (who don't have special needs but have a wonderful momma who sends my momma nice peemails).

But especially Honey and Loki because they are big doggies. I have to say that most trainers did not appreciate how it affects the humans to have experienced 230 pounds of barking lunging doggie on the end of a leash. It is not something you can just walk away from. In fact I pulled momma right off her feet a few times. Hehehe.


A photo of my puppy self to give you a break from reading



They convinced momma that even if I didn't leave my estate, I could still enjoy walkies right in my own yard! So we started practicing. Now we don't practice every day and we don't practice for long, but we have learned many things which I will enumerate for your thusly;

  1. If your doggie is not well behaved and minding you at home it is too soon to try and get good manners off the property.
  2. Never ever do anything that makes you nervous on the inside because even if you make calm face that would fool another human, your doggie knows that you are nervous.
  3. Training is not an "event." It happens every time you interact with your doggie. We are watching for sure.
  4. Keep your trainings doggie appropriate. Speaking for my large and short attention span self, I am most happy to only train for a few minutes before I get frustrated and bored. That's OK. But learn to stop before that happens.
  5. Your goal is to improve your relationship with your dog. Period. And there IS NO TIMELINE. That is most important. No marking on the calendar that we will be doing such and such by this and that date. Sheesh.
I must say that this has turned out to be a wonderful thing. The best part is that I never get those vibes off momma that she is afraid of me anymore. And curiously, she keeps getting bigger and bigger and stronger in my eyes every day so I don't feel so much like I need to protect her which is a HOOGE relief to me. I get lots more snuggles and attentions than I used to and my mentals get stretched and worn out. Not to mention that I have shown her that I am much more clever than she thought. Who knew?

The other day I was out in my yard and my neighbor started leaf blowing right along my fence! I charged for sure all yelling and puffing myself up for him to get lost. But at the same time I kind of was looking over my shoulder at momma because I wasn't sure anymore if that was still my job. She made happy voice and clapped her hands and even though she didn't have any cookies I went right to her. She told me that it was OK and that he was not dangerous. I was so relieved and was able to lay down on my deck and meditate while she went inside to do "stuff" and my neighbor kept blowing leaves along my fence.



Another photo break. Look at Grandpa Angus smiling!

Yuh, and it isn't like we spend all our time training either. We do a "formal" training where I put on my training gear about 4-5 times / week.

I wear a pinchy collar and a sports bra. My pinchy collar is for if I start disrespecting momma but so far it has not been "activated" because I have been such a good boy. At first my leash was not even clipped to the pinchy collar, but now it is. That's OK. PeeWee has a pinchy collar and sports bra too and he says that sometimes sneaky momma hooks up one and sometimes the other. My sports bra is "just to get me used to it" so that we have "options."


All geared up.

Right now we warm up with walkies and jogging in my back yard and lately we have been going out front very briefly to practice too. We end with some fun dog dancing. But in between I also get to practice some stuff inside like targeting and roll over and even when we aren't training I am still learning to wait in doorways, drop my tennis ball, and come when called (sort of).

Momma tries to trick me into being a bad doggie sometimes. Here she tempts me with my most favorite cow milky thing toys, but I was having none of it.

Don't you know it's training time silly woman?

video

We still have issues over when it is time to come inside. I was really surprised one day when I refused to come in and momma came out and put my leash on. I did a most amazing bucking bronco but she just waited me out and then kind of snapped the leash and used stern voice and I knew I had to follow her in. Now I will always come in like a gentleman when she puts the leash on but we still don't agree on coming in without the leash. Oh well.

I could share more words about our bad training experiences and details of our journey but I think this is enough for today and I would be keen to learn what my readers might want to hear about in more detail.

The most important words are that my relationship with momma is so much better and we enjoy each other's company more and I am getting lots of good attentions and mentals stimulations and that was the whole goal, right? Will I ever go walkies like PeeWee again? Who knows? Who cares? We're having fun!



Mango Man! Oh yeah!

P.S. I am supposed to tell you that stupid PeeWee should also be thanked for my new trainings. I guess that when he came along momma thought that she was hopeless as a trainer, but he is a labradork and will work for air treats and praise which I guess is a good thing because his total suck up attitude towards training did help momma get her confidence back.

66 comments:

Checkers said...

Oh Mango - I bet you are trying real hard to work with your mommy and not scare people - I wouldn't be scared of you. I love big doggies. I did pretty good in obedience school...I graduated and all...but lets face it I'm cute and I get away with almost anything -

Pepper said...

Mango, we really enjoyed reading that post. I think it must be super difficult training such a giant dog as yourself, especially the walkied part. Emily struggles with walking me nicely sometimes and you could probably squish me with one foot, so it must be quite a daunting task. Good for your Momma not giving up on you (or giving up on herself).And the puppy photos were also so cute.
Pepper

Tucker said...

Mango,
My Momma says I am a constant work in progress. I get scared of things too and bark at them and run away. Momma's learned that if it's an object I can get to, I can touch it and I get over it. We've learned that if I can't touch it (like a a funny looking person) it's best for me to just leave the situation. It's not worth me getting all stressy. US doggies aren't perfect but the Momma's wouldn't want it any other way.

woof - Tucker

Aniemother said...

We really enjoyed your post, Mango! Personally I have always loved the training and stuff (mom say labradorks are sort of large, longnosed puggies), but Mom remember the hopelessness from trying to help Nimbus who was afraid of efurrything. At least he wasn't mango sized...

Sounds like you're both doing some good work!

Snorts,
Bajas

Chester said...

Hiya Mango! Speakin' from a Labradork's point of view, I totally get the whole trainin' issue. I'm not as relentlessly huge as you on the outside but I have a relentlessly huge attitude on the inside that needed to be worked on. I give your Momma and my Mom a lot of credit for workin' hard to get us to understand that we don't have to be in charge all the time. It is actually a huge burden offa my Big Brown shoulders as I'm sure it is offa your Big Brindled ones. I hope someday that you, Dexter and your Momma can take public walkies together-but only if she gets you that hat and sunglasses so nobody recognizes you walkin' with Pee Wee.

Mom wants me to add that she really enjoyed this post and thought it was well written and will be helpful to other 2 leggers who have dogs with relentlessly huge attitudes.

Woofs and 'dorky slobbers,
Chester ;0=)

monica said...

what a great post, and comforting for me also being the momma of a big, strong, stubborn, self-centred guy... we do walkies, but prefer to go at times where we don't meet other dogs... we used to go to dog forests, but we are taking a break 'cause we were afraid his size could provoce the other dogs - or actually more the humans - and if something happened Bundy would get the blame... big dogs are the best we think , but they ARE big.. Bigger than us. Hsin-Yu ( Honey) once wrote that Honey thinks she is 10 metres tall like a dinosaur. Gives a great picture, and something I wish to achieve towards Bundy. We train him, but I have constant bad conscious for not giving him enough of my time.... sigh... but I still love him to death :o) and I love your blog!!

Lola said...

Mango, that was a great and informational post. An awful lot of dogs wind up in rescue because they don't have devoted and determined Moms like yours. I especially liked the way you explained things from a canine perspective. Some humans don't get that we experience the world in a different way and no matter how they act we can smell what they're feeling. But of course, being canines we can't always interpret their feelings in a human sort of way. That leads to all sorts of misunderstandings, and when you are relentlessly huge those misunderstandings can be an especially serious problem. It's wonderful that your Mom knows all about that.

Oh, btw, there's some awards and a tagging game waiting for you at my blog if you should decide to accept.

wags, Lola

The Thundering Herd said...

What an excellent post. Our hu-dad used to believe that training was work and The Herd Before Us had a few issues because of that. Slowly, over time, he began to realize that training was actually all of the time and not work, but fun for us canines, like your mom insisting you come inside when called. As we started to realize that he had things covered, it allowed us to relax and just be cute - which we are quite good at.

Nothing is perfect and he has a long ways to go, but we do think he is getting the hang of it.

Martha and Bailey said...

Hi Mango, we enjoyed reading your post and of course loved the occasional glimpse of your puppy self and your now huge self.
Our mum could relate to a lot of that post having had big dogs previously.
Now we are not so big and Bailey we believe is the tiniest basset we have ever seen.
But Bailey can be difficult - when she first came she would run up to everyone we met.
If they did not immediately make a fuss of them she started snarling and being nasty.
Now our mum reckons she got away with it cos she is small and knew if it had been a larger dog people would have been shouting about an uncontrollable dog!
She is now, finally, walking past people on walks which is wonderful although we still have to watch our for elderly men with walking sticks!
Everything takes time but the relationship between human and dog underpins so much.
We are so happy to see you coming along so well.
love
Martha & Bailey xxx

tula said...

Ah Mango.. you spilled the beans! hehee it is furry important to share your journey. believe or not there are many (well maybe not mango-sized literally) doggies out there with the same issues. this helps their beans figure out the best training plan for them! my mom understands exactly what your momma was feeling-- uggh. not easy, good thang were soo cute:) Luv the old photos and hearing about the doggies before you.

good work Mango! 4 paws up and a muwahh! don't worry, we'll give you a report on your sports bra wearing -brudder from grad school.

TULA


pee esses: lipstick should only come out on special occasions.

kissa-bull said...

well our mommish has taught ush how to walk and sit and shake but we are working on sit and stay for EVER now and we sheem to be stuck on that. i understand about mommish being nervous wiff our pibbleness sometimes people are afraid os ush and scurry away and that makes our mommish sad and nervous and so we get agitated too so we have started to walk at night or early in the morning. we are furry sad about this as we would'nt harm anyone but you know people . . . . **sigh**
anywho
pibble sugars and wee wags
the pittie pack

Dewey Dewster said...

Yeah Mango....

We are sure that ya are the boss and yer Mom knows it but sometimes ya have ta learn ta give a bit so the humans think they are the SPECIAL ones.

Ya know who needs trainin' around here??? TOBY.....cause he still hasn't figured out that he needs ta behave both in the house and out of it. But Gram bought a trainin' package fer him lately so his days of misbehavin' may be over.....but then again THEY MAY NOT...he's a tough one fer sure....

Dewey Dewster here...

Gus said...

Mango Man....muzzer says THANK YOU for a most inspiring post. She is wondering whether the same trainin method would work with Teka Toy. Hmmm...we may just find out.

We would appreciate any hints your Mom can send...Like, maybe we need a different yard halter for Teka, so she doesn't think it is WALKIES but knows it is Training Time?

kisses and many thanks. If this works, it will also make MY life easier!

gussie

Gracie =^o.o^= said...

Good boy, trying to protect your yard from the nasty leaf blowing person. You can never be too careful when the leaf blowing machines are out and about.
With your training photos. I am wondering if it is the doggies getting trained or is the humans? So easy to train them, they haven't a clue.

houndstooth said...

Mango, I'm glad to hear that you're still on your obedience journey and learning to mind your manners and your mom. Mom said she wished she'd seen a movie of you acting like a bucking bronco! I'll bet that was exciting, but hopefully not scary for your mama. A few weeks ago, when we had Jackson visiting us, we all had to be very careful because he's learned some very bad habits and Mom said it was the first time she's ever been afraid of a dog in her own house, so we understand how your mom must have been feeling. It is scary when there's a dog around who doesn't mind and thinks he has to run things. We'd like to know how your mom found the courage to stand up to you after you got up to 230 pounds of Mangoness!

Bunny

P.S. Way to go, Dexter! We youngest dogs of the house always have to fix those older ones!

Alphini's Puppy Raiser said...

Mango, we loved that post and thanks for sharing your journey with us! We are SO impressed with your Momma, who altho discouraged at times NEVER gives up!! And look at how far you've come, woo-hoo! Keep up the good work, it's really fun when you make progress!!

Benny and Lily said...

Those are very good pointers Mango. Thank you. We just love the pictures. We try learning every day..BOL
Benny & Lily

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

You ARE the very disciplined one, Mango!!

Be sure to stop by our bloggie. We've given you an award!!

Woofs and Kisses!

Sophie Brador said...

Mango, Who cares about all the training business. I just want to see more puppy pics of your cuteness. You were the most adorable puppy ever.

xo
SB

hero said...

What an insightful perspective from the RH... and you have put across these important pointers succinctly... btw, we always like to see pictures of Angus and Raja.

Licks, hero

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

Mango, this is a wonderful post today. It makes our Mom feel less "dunce-like". You know how stubborn we terriers can be, especially when we are in a group. She just needs to keep working with us.

XOXO
The Rocky Creek Scotties

Mack and Mia said...

Mango, you do have a scary mug, I mean, clearly you will never be most handsome with such a cool labradude as a brudder. Hey, don't be upset, not everydoggy can be a lab, we wubbing you and accept you anyways. Besides, at least the two-leggers think you are adorable and such, especially my momma.

Guess what?! I got a shiny award thingy for you! Come check it out on my bloggy!

Wags and Woofs,
Mack and Mia

Stella said...

Hey, Mango and Peewee,

Thank your Mom for a very good post. My Mom is no training expert, but we are getting to where I am very much better behaved.

My Mom loves a blog where she learns things and enjoyed this one furry much.

Kisses,

Stella

Sue said...

Thanks Mango, that was a very good post. Our Monty was afraid of lots of things, too and it got so bad that he didn't want to leave his yard. It made Mom sad, but she understood and Monty got to stay home and just go into his safe yard to play.

We know what you mean about keeping training sessions short. A few minutes here and there and suddenly Fudge is getting his title in the ring. Wow!!

Busby and Raymond said...

Mango Man, that was a very interesting post! Three cheers for your Mom for not giving up and for regaining her confidence (the the help of the labradork). Sounds like your relationship has gotten much better with your Mom too. Keep up the good work!

Ina in Alaska said...

Very sweet post including the remembrances of lovely family members who have crossed the Bridge. Loved all the pictures and especially the baby Pee Wee Dexter, so adorable!

Also good information not to be too hard on yourself as a trainer (which I am certainly NOT) or give up! We are always working on less barking over at our estate. We have our trusty air horn which, now when it is just picked up and seen by the Pack, immediately all barking ceases.

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Yuu-Chan and Bibi-Chan said...

We loved reading this post although we are sorry that the journey has been rather long and hard for you, Mango. We think you've done remarkably well! And your Mom too!

Dory and the Mama said...

What a great post Mango. Mama says she really needs to do the same thing with Bilbo. Even if he isn't RH on the outside, he thinks he is on the inside...Thanks to you and your Mama for sharing your struggles and accomplishments!!

Smileys!
Dory

mayziegal said...

Oh, Mango. You know that I can very much relate to this post. So many things skeered me when I first came home and there's lots of stuff outside of my house that still does. I LUVS people, so that's not a problem. But other doggies sometimes make me real nervous - especially if Brudder Ranger is around. I guess I think I have to protect him or something. And it makes my mom nervous cuz of how I look. I don't think I would ever hurt another doggie but if there was a scuffle, I'd surely be the one to get blamed. Mom is gonna talk to our trainer about private lessons to try to help me out with this.

My momma belongs to a yahoo group called Shy K9s and she's learned so much from them. But prolly the best advice that my mom ever got was from our trainer who said: "Love and appreciate the dog you have; not the dog you WISH you had." It sounds like your momma has Most Certainly taken that advice to her heart.

Wiggles & Wags,
Mayzie

animal lover, quilt lover said...

SWEET sweet Mango I miss you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think Dexter is wonderful too!!!
I miss you both so much!!!!!!!!!!
I miss Mama too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Please don't leave me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I miss you all.!!!!
Hugs & kisses for you both, Fern

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Mango...sheesch...my tiny little body weighs as much as one of your ears. Your momma is amazing...to get your large and cumbersome self to respect her is incredible. None of us really respect Mumsie though we do like her most of the time...

She said you've inspired her to what Mumsie? TRAIN US IN THE YARD?

Crap...I had the day planned which included makeup, flirting and not training. Actually, when I stumbled outta my crate this morning the first thing I did was do stand on my hindleggies and try and look in the mirror, but it was too high. I dunno why Mumsie thought it was so funny.

Thanks for the "inspiration" Mango...why can't your momma talk about girlie things that might make Mumsie wanna take me shopping?

Grr...
Beast

Agatha and Archie said...

OK listen,Now this is from a terrier perscective....we really are just perfect and don't need a lick of training HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA hoo hoo WHAT A RIOT!!! (that was Archies little joke) We TOTALLY understand this whole thing..well really we don't but PL2 was shaking her head throught the whole thing....( maybe she just had a itch or something) PL2 says we are TOTALLY a work in training and maybe by the time we are 16 we will have it down pat..hee hee Personally if I were a betting gal? I would bet on us.. Just a little training tip from US your two terrorist pals..Ags and ARch

Agatha and Archie said...

PS anytime you need to spring out of the back yard just let us know..We will heist I mean take the car and come get you..Love A+A

Wild Dingo said...

i still go through set backs and burn out in my training! we all have them. i felt certain today would be a crappy training day at school. but Juno got to demo a perfect off leash heel, down then call the heel from the down and from there a reverse recall and she did it w/o any motivation other than praise. they say sibes can't do this. but she's a great little doggie. we had a nice class. i think there are so many important lessons to learn. one other is to take breaks. take days off too. i burn out. so do my doggies. i need more balance in my life (more "me" time) too so that means less doggie time which is good for them.

i think training builds a beautiful bond with your doggie. training with skillets is even better. prong schmong. you don't need no stinkin' prong. just a REALLY BIG Skillet. or rolling pin. whatever's handy! booowhahaaha! ;)

ps. um, loki is only 67 lbs, HOWEVER, i think his toofers may be bigger and longer than RH's. could be wrong, but they are RH toofs....

JD and Max said...

Hi Mango - we really enjoyed reading this and are very pleased you were good enough to be so honest about your training journey. It's often easy to think that everyone else who has a dog knows what they're doing and is getting it right all the time, but the truth is everyone is learning along the way.

Even though we're small doggies FH gets stressy about us. She's paranoid about us being 'annoying little doggies' - you know the kind, that owners don't bother to train because they're 'little' so get away with everything. Well, we certainly don't want to be like those doggies - they're rude!

Actually, JD is so laid back and happily does everything he's told first time so he's 'easy'. (FH says if she only had JD she would be a hideously smug dog-owner!) He's not called 'Just Dog' for nothing! Max on the other hand is the alpha dog and takes his role as protector very seriously which is what stresses FH. She doesn't want him to have to worry about looking out for everyone all the time and she stresses about it, which Max picks up on, making him even more on edge - it's a vicious circle, one that's hard to break!

PLUS - we're also just going through our 'teenage rebellion' stage. Now we're 18 months old we've decided we don't need the humans as much (we're big and confident boys now you see!) and are not responding to our recall command all the time now. FH is very grumpy about this as - up til now we've always been very obedient and respectful little doggies you see. So she's upped our obedience training over the past couple of weeks and is doing more 1-on-1 training with each of us which thankfully is working well and reminds us who is in charge and who is therefore the one who should be doing the worrying.

Anyway, we've wittered on for long enough! We think your mom is amazing, she's obviously so in tune with all of her doggies which is great! Please give her a big schnauzer snuggle from us - JD and Max.

Stella, Gunther and Betty said...

Hey Mango, our mom really really appreciates your post. Ya know, our Betty has issues. She gets grumpy and snarky around certain dogs. And now mom kinda babies her like your mom babies you. Maybe there's hope for her. Do ya think?

Snorts,
Gunther

The Army of Four said...

Great post, Mango!
Tail wags,
Storms

Maggie and Mitch said...

What a great post, Mango!
We loved Grandpa Angus's smile!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Abby said...

Hi, Mango...

Me & My Mom really enjoyed reading your post...

Even little dogs like me have trainging issues...Believe it or not, I can be a little snippy if I don't get my way & sometimes I think I'm the boss...

I went to school for one sememster & learned the sit & stays & stuff...But I find it easier to learn when Me & Mom are alone & we have time...

I'm learning that, even though I think I should be the boss, My Mom really is...

Thanks for sharing your training journey...We really enjoyed it...

Abby xxxooo

Laura, Lance, and Vito said...

thank you for posting this! I had no idea about Mango's PAST. I started reading your blog when Dexter was 18 months and didn't know all the issues that you have worked on with Mango. I think you did a really great job summarizing some of the key points you have learned along the way. And I know you will be able to get back out there with Mango again!

P.S. thanks for the shoutout. But while Lance has always been perfect :) Vito has had many issues from really bad sep. anxiety, to high reactivity to other dogs as a wee puppy and intense screaming whenever excited. But of course I am still lucky since he is a sporting breed and thus highly motivated and eager for training.

Marjie said...

I don't go on walkies, because we have such a big yard that I can go outside and rumpus with my humans. I do very well at going for rides, and I obey my humans very well. I wear a sports bra, too, and that makes me happy. People are always impressed by it, too. I'm glad you and Momma are working out your images. The picture of you with baby Peewee is very cute, as are all of your pictures!

Drools,
Thor

Molly,Taffy and Monty said...

Well done Mango. We are very proud of you as you must be of your brilliant progress.

Molly, Taffy and Monty

brooke said...

great post Mango! Darwin tends to be a scaredy dog sometimes and we're constantly working to try to get her to stop barking at people who stare at her or creep her out.
Your baby pictures just may be cuter than Dexters I must say! :)
btw we have an award for you at our blog
http://evolutionofdarwin.blogspot.com/2010/03/27mar2010-thank-you.html

Butchy, Ruby, Sylvester, Scuby, Hootie said...

Hey Mango,
Training is never easy and should never end. Mama says that doggies like to continually learn new things. We're happy your Mama didn't give up. Errrr, us terriers can get bored if we train for too many minutes at a time too, hehehe!
Wirey Hugs, Purrz & Licks,
Butchy, Ruby, Sylvester, Scuby & Hootie
PS Mama is practicing up on her training for little pupper!!

Dennis the Vizsla said...

Who says learning can't be fun?

The OP Pack said...

We don't think we can add anything to what your post says and what all your commenters say too. Training for sure is an everyday thing. Mom has leaned a lot since she got Dakota more than 12 years ago when Dakota thought she was the pack leader of the whole household. We are amazed t how quickly Ciara is learning but that is probably because our Mom is smarter now. We still wish we could get Honey and Loki and Juno to move near us so we could get their humans to work with us.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Toby- The dog with a blog said...

Training is soo much fun!

Raja is such a pretty dog, she looks just like Liberty!

Keep up the good work Mango!

Toby

Mr Koda MD said...

Mango!!

Your Grandpa looked like a cool guy! Smiling away! And also pretty Raja she looked cooled too, like the tiger on Alladin.

Puppy pics always make Ma go "AWWWW!" Which she did and then I kept reading...

Good to hear after all the "issues" that things are looking up! You don't need to go for walks to read all the peemail gossip, its all here!

Koda MD
PS Ma says that some labradogs like me "aren't bred for brains". Maybe your Peewee is the same.. pretend treats and the old pretend-to-throw-the-ball-and-hide-it-behind-your-back-while-the-silly-labrador-searches-the-yard-for-it trick works wonders at my house. A smart dog like you wouldn't fall for that!

Give you Ma a snuggle!

Koda MD

Twinkietinydog said...

This was one of your best posts ever, and you know I'm a huuuge (tiny) fan. I loved all the useful information and the Mango humor. Now I understand an earlier comment you left me about Frankie's training, that it ain't easy. You know what though? Your post today was encouraging and hopefully lots of our furiends' parents will understand that it's never too late. All you need is a pinchy collar, a sports bra, and a good attitude.
Twinkie

Lorenza said...

Hi, Mango!
Sure you and your Mom have had interesting times together!
There are things that scare me too and sometimes my mom does not know how to make me feel better about them!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Morgan in Pittsburgh said...

Awww, Mango, that was a nice post. We are really glad that things are coming together for you and your momma.
Your pals, Morgan & Maisie

1000 Goldens said...

Thank you for this awesome post Mango Man. You are so lucky to have a Momma who loves you so much, and is helping you to understand things. She should be very proud of her training skills and that's the truth! Good job buddy :)

Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

You are both wise, wonderful and huge.

we love you for all three qualities.

Jeannie and Marvin x

sorry we are a bit late, having trouble catching up on all the blogs!

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Too bad Master Chew Sits isn't khloser to Pawsylvania...

I know a good walk with my fluffy tail woo be good fur both of us...

I'm sure I khould khalm woo and help woo find your Zen place!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra
PeeEssWoo: Nice post BTW!

Jan Mader said...

I would never be scared of you...you're too too cute!

Thank your mom for a great post! I foster Newfoundlands and they're almost as big as you!!!

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

What a wonderful story Mango. We are so glad that you didn't give up on Mom. She is definitely a keeper.. Big HUGS from us Mom...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Kari in WeHo said...

how very brave of you to be so honest Mango! Glad to see things are getting better at home

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Thank you so much for your visit Mango and Dexter!!! I really miss seeing you two so much when a week or two gos by and I have not had my Mango and Dexter fix!!!!
Thank you Mom for coming!!!
I am still on dial up so it takes a long time just to visit one blog!!!
Hopefully see you soon, Bambi & Fern

the booker man said...

mr. mango,
thanks for your post. it's sooo nice to know that it's okay if it takes a little extra time to get the training down.
i have a really hard time with my sit-stays...we haven't even gotten to down-stays yet.
my big sis asa has a hard time with walkies if there are lots of people and doggies around, so she can understand how you feel. your idea of going walkies in the backyard is good! i think mama's gonna try that with asa. :)
*woof*
the booker man

Oskar said...

This post and always reading Honey's blog has made my mom person realize that she needs to learn more so she can spend more time training me. She says I bark too much when I see other people and dogs. So her goal is to socialize me more. I'm all for it if it means I get to spend more time with her!

Cinnamon said...

I am glad that you mom started doing lots of activities with you again!

Dog Foster Mom said...

Love this post! Remi is not as Relentlessly Huge as Mango, but at 160 pounds he has still managed to pull me off my feet (and drag me face-down across the yard, with me hanging on to the leash in hopes of stopping him - yeah right). Remi has a similar attitude problem and it's a constant work in progress. He barks at every person and big truck and bicycle and dog that he sees while we're walking. And its embarrassing to see the fear and anger on people's faces while they have this gigantic dog lunging and barking at them and completely ignoring his owner. And outside its a similar problem - he barks at everyone/everything he sees outside the fence. I can maybe call him over to me (depending on who/what is going by at the time) but there's no way he'd settle down and continue to ignore whatever it is (like a leaf blower) while I go back in... how did you ever teach Mango that?!

dewdana said...

Those are great tips to keep in mind when training! I have learned lots from Honey and also Lance and Vito. I don't know Lokki but will have to visit. I am so glad you and momma are working well together now. It is all uphill from here! I loved the way you looked at her while you were practicing walkies because I could see that you are relieved to have her in charge and I know she will never steer you wrong!
And of course scattering in some baby pics is always nice!
p.s. one time I put moose's gentle leader on for walkies but hooked the leash to his flat collar by mistake and I didn't notice 'till the end. He was still really well behaved but shhhh... don't tell him he was tricked!

Tobi said...

Wow! What a great post. I especially love the baby big of Big Ol' Mango (as the hounds have started to call him) and the pic of Mango and Baby Dexter. And congrats to Dexter on his new training!

ocmist said...

Goodness, Mr. Mango! You have knocked yourself right off of your pedestal! We thought that you were the perfect dog and had always been that way! This was a most interesting post and explained a lot of things that Grammy had wondered about. She was just so utterly captivated the other day when she saw your video of you doing turns and dancing, etc. She thought that your Mom was just amazing to be able to train you to do all those things AND most importantly, to make it look like you were having so much FUN!!!

It is good to know that sometimes we can make a mistake and still overcome it and learn things, though Grammy says that we really aren’t hard to train at all! She used to train dogs too, when she was younger, and there have been one or two that almost didn’t seem trainable she says. She did learn a lot while working all those years with Special Ed. Children, and says that she learned to be happy with tiny steps with a lot of them, and that should probably go for some dogs too, and it would make it even more wonderful when the “learning light” goes on…

It takes a lot of pressure off of US, too, so we are so glad that you shared these things with us. It makes you even BIGGER in our eyes that you can admit a past problem and that you could overcome it. We couldn’t believe how wonderful you looked in that vid!!!! The Country Corgis


P.S. Loved the old pics, too!

achieve1dream said...

That was a beautiful story Mango (sorry it took me so long to read it). Thanks for sharing it. I'm glad your momma got her confidence back. If my mom had known her back then she would have been encouraging her too because we know she's a great trainer! I adore Honey, Loki, Lance & Vito. They are all great and my mom loves talking 'training' talk with them as well!

Jackal (will try not to be so scarce)