Mom and Abby have started 'training' again. Mom talked to some of the therapy dog handlers she's met at hospital (aka The Great Kibble Provider) and one of the suggestions she got was to have a 'special' leash and collar just for training/working. One of the other suggestions was to use a 'traffic lead' - a very short leash - rather than the 4-foot long leash we use for regular walkies. So, Mom hit the interwebs and found a 16" traffic lead and a different collar to be used just for training.
Today, Mom and Abby went back to Home Depot to test out the short leash. After a little adjusting (if Abby pulls on a 16" leash, it's a lot more obvious than on a 4' leash,
|Abby on a short leash!|
|Really short leash!|
|I think that leash makes her schnoz look big, don't you? Heehee!|
|Special 'working' collar.|
"But what about you, Fiona? Surely you got something new and cool, too?" you ask. Well, as a matter of fact, I did. When Mom was looking for Abby's collar she found a place that makes custom collars, and Mom was quite enamored with them, but she wasn't super enamored with the price. However, the company had a 'bargain bin' of pre-made collars for about a quarter of the price. So, when she got Abby's collar, she got me a new collar, too.
I liked it so much that I requested that my old collar become my 'training' collar (I don't do as much training as Abby - SOMEONE has to stay home and keep Dad company!), and that my new collar become my daily collar. So, here is my new, super-cool, super-special collar!
|It's the angle of the camera, not the collar that makes MY schnoz look big here!|
In addition to all the excitement of the collars and leashes (and possibly a new tag for each of us - Mom has become a big Etsy fan!), we have been getting in our regular allotment of frisbee funballs time.
|Abby's not the only Flying Doodle Sister!|
|But she does fly!|
|And she's big on two-footed catches!|
|And a two-footed catch with full extension and a quarter twist!|
|I've got moves, too!|
|Did she catch it, or just plaster it against her face?|
|Here's a close-up. Looks to me like she trapped it against her face!|
|Look at that extension! All the way up on her tippy-toes!|
But she's finally learned how to play tug-of-war with Mom...
|"I win! Now will you throw it again?"|
And because I can, here's a gratuitous happy dog photo!
|Nifty collar, huh?|
Yep, we're happy dogs!
Have a great week!
-Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus