I wanted to post a quick "Hello" while I have five minutes tonight.
I’m Emma. I signed up recently, but have been a shadow-lurker for about 4 to 5 years now. When I got my first dog, a Jack Russell called Tipster...For short, of course
... I started doing some basic online research. I found The Daily Puppy and loved viewing the dogs every day, so I stuck around. I was too young to know how to sign up to things, so I never did. About a year ago, I checked the registration terms, and saw you had to be a certain age. Now I'm that certain age.
The plan was to sign up as soon as possible, because I was eager to talk to other dog-people, but when I was able to register, life got in the way. Then there was no reason to register. And now there is again.
I've been posting in a breed-specific forum and getting some very good answers on questions regarding training my not-so-little 6 month old Doberman pup, but I wanted to expand the variety of training methods for her. (Said forum is all well and good, but all the training advice is roughly the same.)
So there's no confusion, I'll break the important parts down.
I'm a "youngster" at 14. Home schooled (Home educated if you're in the UK, like a certain someone) and 'anti-didactic". Basically, lessons aren't planned. I ask a question, get the answer, learn something.
I live with one sibling who used to be 'dog mad' but then switched to cats. And live with my mother and six dogs, plus poultry, a cat and some small critters. I also 'own' a fox. But, y'know. He comes with conditions. I'm not allowed to take pictures of him while he eats. (And, he doesn't like vegetables. Just sayin'.)
Kayenne is doing well in her training (as am I!) and is currently learning instant commands (Sitting as soon as she's told sort of thing) and some distance commands, but those are just a refresher. She was already taught that "Sit!" means to sit where you are, not where you think you should be. She's got a few very good, solid commands...Such as "Wait". She knows never to move from the wait, until the person handling her tells her to (usually me, as I'm her owner). I'm proud of her "Focused Heeling" which all my dogs do...But, it looks just that little more impressive with a dog that could mash you into the side of a fast moving car.
I'm hoping to do a small bit of agility when she hits the 18 month mark, but that would just be for bonding purposes. I don't fancy running around a ring with a clutzy Doberman, sending her over jumps which she'll surely knock down
I was hoping to do some protection work with her, but failed to find a decent training in the area, for starters. And then I just plain decided "not to go there!"
I've grown up around dogs my entire life, of all shapes, sizes and colours. I’m definitely a “big dog” person, but, of course, I make allowances.
I've attached a few pictures, but there are more in the dogs' albums.
I'd like to apologise in advance for the watermark. I've found a couple of my pictures elsewhere. Since I've started watermarking the pictures I post, nobody has mentioned them elsewhere, and I haven't seen 'em, either. But I don't want the problem to arise again. Ergo, watermark.