Saturday, October 23, 2010

Dexter's Training Update

About a month ago, Trainer Dude payed a visit to our estate for some special private training. His mission? To help us learn to take turns when we are learning our skills. Not as easy as it looks.

We've been working hard, but it is little baby steps, especially when the short attention span dinosaur sized beast is involved.

I made a movie to show you how far we have gotten. We work on taking nommy treats without being greedy and watching each other do target practice and other stuff. The hardest part is sitting still when Momma does a Relentlessly Huge recall, but I am getting it.

Watch the movie here.

That was fun, right? Well, maybe not as much fun is momma's insistence that I learn to crawl under her legs. Seems to me just a lazy woman's excuse for training as she is seated during the "exercise."

What's up with doing this in the kitchen? How can I get any leverage. Yikes! Do I actually bend that way?

I tried to talk some sense into her. She suffers from mastiff vision and always thinks I am so much smaller than I am. Poor me. The crosses one bears.

But she kept demanding, and, well, you can see the results just by the look on my face! ENOUGH!

Wanna watch the movie? Just click here.

Speaking of training, momma signed me up for a six week class of something called Control Unleashed. She says that I need to work on calm attention. Sounds pretty dull to me. Plus it means another six weeks without proper agilities. The RH has been somewhat optimistically signed up for a CGC class. I doubt he'll pass, but it will get him out of the house once a week and stimulate his mentals.

Dexter done!


Priscilla said...

I really loved your training videos :) You guys are really doing a great job!!
Uhoh Control Unleashed... That's
an oxymoron! LOL.

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

How lucky you are to be close to a place where you can take classes. Our Mom would love that!

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh Mango - Hsin-Yi is SOOOOOO impressed with your movies!! We just LOVED watching you & Dexter training together - we think your Momma is doing SO well to train both of you at the same time. And Hsin-Yi thinks you were both so good - she doesn't know why you said "baby steps"- looks like you're progressing LOTS! You were both so calm and waiting so nicely - and you know what? You're SO much more energetic than me - wow, look at targeting! I never do things that Hsin-Yi is REALLY impressed by you!

Honey the Great Dane

Mack said...

You two are training superstars!

Gus said...

Well! If the training dude who is coming here in a week or so tries to teach us that "under the leg" trick, Teka's got it ACED!

She sleeps UNDER muzzer's knees now! Sometimes she sleeps IN Dad's armpit too, but that is another smell sensation.

We are gonna be OK if those are tricks he teaches.

gussie dude

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Now...fur some extra training khredit:

Let's see the furst video done with two additional khanines...

Let's say...khall them TM and Norweed...




Zona said...

WOW! Impressive! I loved the videos. Such action!


Peppy Sheppys said...

Is your Control Unleashed with that Leslie McDevitt lady? Our ma ape got our book because OBST needs some control. Self-control.

You are good at the training skillz, Dexter.

Sheps w/Pep

Jen said...

Ohhh, Control Unleashed is GOOD! I've worked that with Miss Sophie, herself as she was pretty wildly excited during any agility class she was ever at. And, Murphy might just need that too!! :) Here's hoping it gets Dexter back to the agilities SOON! :)

Jen and the black dog crew

Maggie Mae said...

You guyz ROCK!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Kari in WeHo said...

You sure are very smart!


rottrover said...

We are SO impressed by you two. We know how hard it is to wait your turn! Thanks for showing us how it's done, Dex!
-Gizmo, Bart and Ruby

Frankie Furter said...

Grrrrreat movies... I ate 2 Milkbones while I watched them.
HEY>>> guess what??? Yesterday at the Pumpkin place... I thought I saw BOTH of you. I have pictures.. They were both nice... butt not the same as the REAL Ones, I am sure.

Minna Krebs said...

Great video of da Labradude in training! Under da mom's legs is definitely a new kinda trick! Heehee

Butt, wowser, you sure did give us a close up of your Labra-man-stuffs at da end! Heeheeeee


Sue said...

You two are doing really well on that taking turns stuff. We have some major jealousy issues here and if one gets attention, we all want it. Mom has a lot of work to do.
Morgan, Tsar and the Porties

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

You and the Mom did great - you are so lucky to get to do all that fun stuff AND get tasty treats too. Mom says thanks for the vids, now she is going to try it with us.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

houndstooth said...

Great! Now Mom and Dad are going to get crazy ideas about us behaving like trained monkeys or something! I will say that your videos were pretty darned impressive and I'm gald it was you in those and not me!


Raymond and Busby said...

Dudes! You are doing great with the sharing stuff! We do think that is a real cracker dog look on your face, Dex, when you are emerging from your Mom's legs. A bit scary!

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

What as great video you 2. Looks like it is working...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Maggie and Mitch said...

Your training is coming along beautifully! We loved watching your videos!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Oskar said...

Why is it that momma needs you to crawl under her legs while she sits on the kitchen floor?

Nubbin wiggles,

Anonymous said...

Sheesh, I sure don't know what the problem is going under your Moms legs, I do it all the time and it is never a problem. Must be a boy thing!

woo woos, Tessa

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

Mama is most impressed with your training video, although I can't help but notice RH got extra treats just for sitting still while Dex did his tricks. Now that's a racket I could work: letting Abby work while I get treats. Well, Mama's attention is wandering because the OU-Missouri game just started on the TV. Mama is a HOOGE Sooner fan; we don't care much about football unless someone is throwing one for US to catch.


Benny and Lily said...

mom keeps making us watch the videos in hopes we will be motivated to learn.
Snorts and Snuggle
Benny & Lily

Anonymous said...

Great training videos! I took a picture of the "Mango Salon" in Richmond today but it's on my sister's camera at her house. I'll have to get her to send me the picture to show you!

Elyse and Riley

The Island Cats said...

Cool!! You guys are doing real good with your training!! We're cats, though...we can't be trained!! Haha!!

Those Elgin Pugs said...

Big Me's!!! Wowzer's!! 'dis be great stuffs yous did outsides wits yous Momma. Was 'dat really big adventures doing his own stunts or was 'dat a look a like... OH.. me know!!! 'dats 'dat look O like contestant winner!!

hu hu's!! So me Momma came in 'da room when me watchin 'dis and me shut it off 'cuz her tinks me not do tricks. Me's can do cool P. Mastiff tricks. Me just tricking hers into tinking me can't- den when we's do our be action packed movie... (me and you) duh.. (only our mothers can tell us apart) den me show me Momma me stunts!!

Um... me "foster" sister tinks big adventure is kind of cute... of me goodness...

Later big me's
Anakin Man

dewdana said...

Ha Ha Ha- you going under momma's legs was hilarious! It looked like you were swimming. DOH's legs are too short! I can't wait to see RH try it!

Bruce from Down Under said...

Hey Mango and Dexter, you both look very professional. Well done Mango Momma. Two dogs behaving themselves together is cool. I must admit Dexter looked funny crawling under his momma's legs. No worries, slobbers Bruce.

The Thuglets said...

Wow your training is coming along great!

We love videos! Keep at it guys!

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

Anonymous said...

I'm sending Mom to get trained by you Dexter. She thinks she's suppose to crawl under me. Needs some retraining for sure.

Mom training tip... use coffee. She'll do anything for it ;)

Waggin at ya,

PeeS: I thought you were stupendous in your video Dexter :)

Anonymous said...

Your videos are fantastic!! I've been laughing all morning. I especially love the one showing off Mango's impressive weave pole skills. His method seems so much more effective, really.

"Control Unleashed" sounds like a course my dog Shiva and I need to take. Our biggest problem on the agility course is getting her focus and keeping it. If I lose contact for a tenth of a second she's off and taking whatever obstacle she deems the most fun.

I'm going to go watch some more vidoes now.

violett said...

I see No. 1 on video what I must follow in future with 2 dogs in the training.
Lots of love Violett

I may not creep among mummies legs. When I was small, I have wiped between her legs my mud from the fur.
Lots of love

Wild Dingo said...

Oh my dawg. the dogmaninty of having to WAIT for your turn at training. it's preposterous. I'm certain your momma doesn't know anything about doggies at all.

that crawling thing looked really suspicious to me. i'll have to try it with my two. we've been working on it but not too successfully... sigh. i'm too lazy lately.

(note to dex momma: wow! that side by side training was awesome. a nice way to teach it. i of course opt for the easy way... the skillet! the crawl is also impressive. i've been working on our crawling but not like that. i think i'll try it that way! thanks for the idea!)

El'bow and Hauwii said...

pawsome :D
more!!! :D

El'bow & Hauwii

Ms. ~K said...

Did you have to help Mom get off the floor, chuckle!
Hugs and belly rubs,
~K and the Pups

achieve1dream said...

LOL I love the pictures. I can't watch the videos right now because my internet is messing up, but it sounds like you're doing fantastic. Hope your new class isn't too boring. :)

Lorenza said...

Hi, Dexter!
I can see you have been busy!
First training with Mango and then... training with your mom in the kitchen... interesting...
Kisses and hugs

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

Looking at your Mom's coat, we're thinking that maybe it's time for her to turn on the heat. I'm just saying....

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

kissa-bull said...

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pibble sugars
the pittie pack