Sunday, May 2, 2010

Graduate School Updates

Graduate school sure is hard. Even more so now that we are having school outside where there are tons of nommy smells to pursue. It is difficult to pretend that momma is more interesting than grass and dirt and bugs and stuff.

Good thing my pals Norwood and Tula are in school with me because momma almost skipped class this week but they made her go.

This week we practiced greeting other doggies with their humans. Boy was that challenging. I mean how are you supposed to ignore a new pal who is right under your nose?

Tula got teamed up with Norwood because everybody is afraid of her.

Then we changed partners and idiot momma said, "why doesn't Tula change partners?" so the trainer dude made ME do a drive by with Tula. Let me tell you, that was pretty scary. Sorry there are no photos but momma was a little nervous. Turns out, Tula was very ladylike. Well, I suppose she was smitten by my labraness.

I mean look at her. Almost a bit cracker dog from a close encounter with absolutely the cutest, smartest doggie at school.

After that we did our recalls. When it was Tula's turn to practice, we all had to wait outside in case she went mental. Hehehe. She reminds me a lot of the RH. Doesn't move fast and can be a big bully at times, but really a nice enough doggie (in fact I scheduled a privates tutoring for her and the RH at the end of May - that should be interesting).

Check out this movie of her achieving top speed during her recall work.

You'll have to forgive momma for making moo cow sounds. She doesn't wear her glasses to school and apparently is easily confused.

Although one can see the resemblance between this...

And this.

Norwood is a real show-off and something of a teacher's pet. I do try hard, but I still pull on my leash a lot which makes momma cranky.

So I was pretty juiced when momma convinced Norwood to do bad dog jumping action cracker dog give me the foodables on her. Way to go mom!

Part of the problem is that Norwood's mom has the best treats ever. Here you see she has the undivided attention of several students including myself. Lucky for me she recognized my emaciated state and was quick to offer carrots, banana chips, and other delicious and nutritious treats.

Momma take note. I CAN be a good dog if you up the foodable value a wee bit. Sheesh.

FINALLY! A photo of me!

Dexter done!

P.S. We are sooooo far behind in reading blogs, but fear not, we will catch up.


Martha said...

Dexter, not only are we online but we are first instead of last to comment!
You are looking super handsome in your pics today and we can well understand why Tula reacted the way she did.
Anydog could see she was smitten.
If only humans didn't insist on going everywhere with us - we know you are big enough to go to school on your own.
What is it with the stingy rations?
Don't do anything Dexter until the treats improve.
love and kisses
Martha & Bailey xxx

JD and Max said...

Hi Dexter,

We agree that foodables are very important when it comes to correct training etiquette! Thankfully our FH has FINALLY twigged on this, goodness only knows how long it's taken us to get her to realise this most basic consideration!

Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

Mack said...

I think you and Tula would make a good pair, Dex. She kinda reminds me of Mango for some reason...

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

She feels sorry fur woo -

PLUS, I think she has her sights set on The RH!


koko said...

Graduate school may be hard... but it can be fun too... when there's treats involved :) btw, the resemblance was really close I say.

Licks, hero

Gus said...

mmmmm...carrots are a fave around here. And frozzzzen green beans...I might even go to school for those.


Anonymous said...

Dexter - I agree! Being outside is WAY harder than being inside. And the humans are all like "leave it!" when you try to sniff something fantastical. Well, if you wanted me to leave it why'd you bring me out here in the first place. Sheesh!

And is practically a greyhound with her recalls. HAHA! But at least she did the recall thing...eventually...and that's all that really counts, right?

Wiggles & Wags,

Sam said...

I like reading about your school adventures. Are you guys gearing up to take the CGC? The ignoring doggies exercise sounds a lot like one of the parts to the CGC.

Heather and Kelly said...

Dexter, I often have the same problem being outside. My Labralicious nose just cannot resist all the tasty smells. Walking over a grassy area paying attention to mom can be very hard for me....She says I'm the most sniffish dog she's trained with. Boy does that make me proud! I must have a REALLY good nose.


Lola and also Franklin, too said...

I am just so impressed that you're IN graduate school! It's so impressive to be surrounded by learned scholars such as yourself. You seem to be doing just fine in a challenging academic environment. I think the middle ground between teacher's pet and the one everyone's afraid of is just perfect. It shows you're a rounded fellow and not at all nerdy. Of course, you're a labradude and they don't run to nerdy anyways. Just keep up the good work and we'll be calling you Dr. Dexter in no time.

wags, Lola

Ms. ~K said...

Our Labra-noses always get us in trouble.
Licks and sniffs,
Zack, Sassy and Buddy

houndstooth said...

Dexter, Mom said your nose just begs to be kissed in that last picture!

I agree, training humans to give you the right food can be so difficult! Don't give up, though, when they get it right, it can be so rewarding!


P.S. I can't wait to see that tutoring session!

Raymond and Busby said...

Tula is like a lightning bolt in that recall movie! Impressive! (MOL!)

The WriggleButts said...

That looks like fun! And yummy treats are a key element of fun training!


Stanislaw said...

My mom highly recommends light string cheese bits and dehydrated liver treats for training. She says that Big Pupi will read an encyclopedia for the cheeziness. It must be exhausting to be Good Boy all the time! You definitely need quality sustenance for all that obedience.

Anonymous said...

Will you have to get a job when you get done with school? Move out, get your own place, pay bills???


Heather and Pumpkin said...

Oh Dexter, I am just about to leave for Graduate School too. My class is called "Hounds About Town" and its to practice walking around the city. I can't wait to go! Wish my mommy would bring me carrots and banana chips too.


Two French Bulldogs said...

Graduate school looks crazy hard. No wonder you are behind reading. Send some of thse treats here..BOL
Benny & Lily

The Oceanside Animals said...

hello dexter its dennis the vizsla dog oh hay wow!!! tula liked yore cologne so mutch she is spredding it all arownd the feeld!!! ok bye

Tama-Chan, Benny, Vidock, Violette, Ollie, Hotesse & Heloise said...

So when do you break for the summer?


♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Great snooter shot, Dexter:) And congrats on being in graduate school. We think Tula is a sweet lady. And she doesn't move fast enough to be a threat anyway, right?

We like carrots too, maybe we need to enroll in your class too.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Lorenza said...

Hi, Dexter!
Tula acted like a flash! Haaa!
Good job!
I am sure it was not easy but you will conquer it at the end!
Kisses and hugs

Eric said...

You must be a very brave student Dexter working with cracker dog terriers and moocows.I've walked through a field of moocows....very very fast.
And of course cracker dog terriers takes one to know one like my chum Norwood.
Can't wait to see the Tula Mango date.

Wiry love Eric xx

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


Scruffman here...

Are you in need of clean water for drinkin', bathin' and labraswimmin'??? Or enuff water so Mango can make his normal copious amounts of suds?

You're so in LUCK.

I, Scruffman, have started the


I'm havin' Lacie haul it up in saddle bags on her hips...

Funny thing is, she has most of the Allegheny River packed and carried on her &$#, but ya can't even tell...and she thinks she's dainty...hahahahahahahaaaaaaa!

Now just let me, the Scruffman know...

And if you have any litigation

Pain and suffering due to inability to fill up wading pool...

Let me glad to represent ya...

AND...if they SAY your water is fine...well, you can still buy some from me...I'm saving up $$ for a new bone...



Pee ess Mango...rumor is the
CON TAMMY NATION was from suds in the water system?

Just sayin'....

Molly the Airedale said...

Treat selection is definitely very important, Dexter! Your mom must up the ante!
We were rolling on the floor to think that your mom thought Tula was a cow! haha

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Amber and Nala said...

Oh Dexter...well done at class! I was beginning to wonder if I would ever see a picture of YOU but finally it came through, now I can rest easy after seeing your cute mug. ;)


Asta said...

Thank dog that Someone was thewe to give you the pwopew tweats ..of couwse that detewmines the outcome of ouw pawfowmance..DUH!!!!!!!1

anyway, I think it's awfully cool that you awe in the same class wif nowwood and Tula( and no she does not look like a moocow, sheeesh)how insulting..she's'we going to have to leawn to be a little mowe deb oh naiw wif giwls
smoochie kisses
pee ess..hope you have watew!!!

The Adventures of the LLB Gang said...

Wow...Graduate school looks hard...but fun too!!


the magic sleigh said...

Wooos Dexter! Grad school is difficult! Mum always has to anty up on the treats, the harder I work, the better the treats! The other night I got STEAK!!!!

Don't worry so much about catching up on blogger, My Mum doesn't anymore.....I told her don't worry, be happy, have fun!

~husky kisses~
-Kira The BeaWootiful

Golden Samantha said...

Yeah... my treats have to be high value too heheh or I lose my hearing and all sense of direction and sometimes other things. That looks like a challenging class, what with your buddies in it and all... I'd have a tough time focusing. Love Tula's low-gear recall - she looks very sweet, Dexter! A great catch, heheheheeee! Have a good Sunday eve!
Hugs xo

And pleeeeze don't worry about commenting back! Love coming here if we have time! Sam

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Hey Dexter, that is a grrreat graduate school rumpus or Campus or whatever it's called. What is the name of your Grad. School? I went to PetSmart University and Intranational Stuffie Distributorship.

Unknown said...

Wow - your graduate school is in such a beautiful place! Not some dirty, smelly, dark dog school but a beautiful field straight out of 'The Sound of Music'!! :-)

Honey the Great Dane

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Dex you are probably wayyyy better than most of us. At least at our place! When Hootie gets all hyper and starts jumping up on hoomans it makes me get the bug and then I start doing it too. Mommy is planning on taking us to classes to be good dogs this summer and we are living in dread. We'll keep you posted. The shots with Tula are very nice!
XXX-BabyRocketDog & Hootie

Life With Dogs said...

Ouch - that cow crack was cold blooded! So obviously, I love it...

tula monstah said...

Hey Dex.. i saw that! so.. now we'll have to be permanent partnahs! when i start staring & drooling & wondering if you taste like cheese wiz, my mom will snap me out of it. or not.. if you keep comparing me to a big moo moo! tell RH he's next!

Dex you did good- don't know what your momma is worried about.


tula monstah said...

wait one more thing.. you sure that movie wasn't in slow motion?? might have to bring our own spycam...heh


hOw dare they think your a cow! Holy Cow!

Riley and Star.

Kapitein Haakje said...

oooh :D
that so great to go and play with your blog-furiends
well we are still looking but we dont find a blog-furiend of belguim

El'bow & Hauwii

Kari in Alaska said...

you had me worried there that we wouldn't get to see a pic of you!

doggerlady said...

Mango, I must tell you that it is very important to practice and learn a lot to know the "etiquette" and not drive your mommy crazy at all :).
I agree that you look handsome, so I can understand the weird reactions of Tula when she was your partner :).
Find some more infos about training here.
Best wishes for you

Lucy-Fur, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

Hmmm. Graduate school, huh? You are definitely one smart labradude; Mom is saying something about how I might have to repeat first grade on account of the fact that I don't always come when I'm called. Sometimes I just stand there and wonder if she's serious. Of course, Abby like totally runs the other direction, so she's DEFINITELY going to have to repeat first grade. Maybe I'll go along just to keep her company. And I'll have to talk to Mom about better foodables!

*kissey face*
-Fiona, the perpetual snow dog...

Anonymous said...

OH my dawg. that Tula video was hard and fun to watch! LOL.

Dex, hope you didn't show off too much!

Sierra Rose said...

Ok Dexter! Up the high value treats....I'm all for that too! Can relate with the class performance requests, and not the exciting reward!!!
Great to have such pals in class!!!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Kelly said...

Wow, Dexter. I do not think that this school would work for me! I failed out of Petsmart classes, but that's another story for another day...

You are sooo smart and educated! I bow down to you!!!!


Marjie said...

Foodables make everything more agreeable, don't you think?


Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Afraid of Tula No that can't be. She looks so sweet.. She finally got her recall..
When we took Louie to class all the hearing dogs were so jealous, he had the best recall of any of us.. Maybe it was the foodables or Dad looking really silly waving at him...
Great picture Dexter..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Cinnamon and Mint said...

Hi Dexter,

I am learning to ignore strange people and their doggies at my school too. It's so hard, you know. Last week I did really well sitting beside my Mum while she was chatting with another human with a dog, but I got so stressy in the end that I barked as soon as my Mum smiled and said 'I am glad she didn't bark.' Hee hee...


Brandon - The dog with a blog said...

We are happy to see you in a picture and you look mighty fine indeed!

Tula looks like a great dog!
Thanks for the pictures :)

Deefor said...

That looks like a fun school. I need to practice not growling at doggies. I think I'd fail that school. Nice picture of your nose, Dex. What have you done with Mango?


Oreo said...

MAN!! you are so smart to be in grad school, thats cool. Looks like you learn alot and gettin even smarter!!WTG


ocmist said...

Congratulations on making it to Graduate School! Grammy keeps saying that she wishes she had more time to work with us AND was able to stand up and walk for longer times so that she could school us. We have to get little bits of time on the leash and learn a lot of our stuff (sit, down, etc.) in the Living Room. She intermixes it with tricks, and at least we get the treats, too! Gimli

Achieve1dream said...

Don't feel bad, we're way behind on reading blogs as you can tell from me commenting on this post you did ages and ages ago lol. I finally have my Google Reader down to 80!!! It hasn't been below 100 in four or five months!!

Jackal agrees with peewee. Better treats make training a lot more fun. :D