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  1. Slick

    How has your Dog changed in the last year?

    I was just reflecting on how Leo has changed over the last year, and have realized there have been quite a few changes. How has your dog changed in the last year? For Leo: - He now sleeps in bed with me all night, no matter how much I move. Even several months ago, he wouldn't do that. If...
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    Your Dog/s Bedtime/Wakeup Time

    Night Owl? Morning Bird? What is your dog's sleep schedule like? It's 10:40 pm where I'm at, and I'm in the dining room while Leo has gone by himself to my room to sleep in his dog bed. This is the only time of day that he will voluntarily go into and stay in a different room from me. He will...
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    How is your dog with strangers?

    What the title says. I am realizing that Leo is almost too friendly with strangers, and it gets him into trouble sometimes because it leads some humans do to stupid things that one should NOT do with a strange dog. When Leo is on leash, he is very friendly and will happily let anyone pet...
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    Does Your Dog Invent Rules?

    This morning, I was wondering what was taking Leo so long on his morning potty break. I went to the back door and found him like this: Here he is looking sad and miserable because I haven't released him to come inside. When I gave him an "OK" he was so overjoyed to come inside. The...
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    Leo Hikes Mount Whitney

    My family camps in the mountains and then hikes Mt. Whitney every year, and this year, Leo got to go along! Well, not all the way, since dogs aren't allowed to summit, but we did make it to Trail Camp and back, which is 3/4 of the way up. So basically, Leo went from regular 2-3 hour hikes on...
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    What behavior/body language is this?

    Take a look at this video and give me your opinion on what you are seeing, based on Leo's body language. (I can't figure out how to imbed, so here is the link) https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/18946307251/in/shares-474Qf1/ Leo won't swim and doesn't like water too much...
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    Your Dog(s) and Hugs

    The following exchange happened yesterday, which got me thinking about hugs. A friend (who only met Leo for maybe the second time) was petting Leo and everyone was happy. Then, she reaches in and gives Leo a big, sustained hug. Leo: *instant lip licking, whale eyes* Me: Hey, you should let...
  8. Slick

    Leo turns 2!

    Ok, so he actually turned 2 two weeks ago, and it has just taken this long to get the pictures off of my camera and onto the computer. First, I tortured him by making him wait for pieces of string cheese Then, we went on a really nice sunset walk out in some abandoned fields. When...
  9. Slick

    Never Has My Dog Ever!

    I thought this would be fun! Hopefully you have heard of the game "I Never" of "Ten Fingers", well, lets play for our dogs! Give a one sentence statement about something your dog/dogs has never done. If you have multiple dogs, you can either choose to play with just one dog, or all of them...
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    How quickly/slowly does your dog learn new commands?

    I was trick training today, and was once again amazed at how quickly Leo picks up new things. It's really ridiculous how rarely I do trick training with him nowadays, because he could know sooo many tricks by now. I taught Leo to "close the door" in 2 five minute training sessions. In the...
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    What weird games do you play with your dog?

    I can't be the only person who plays weird/crazy games with my dog, right? RIGHT? Example One Every time I put on socks, I will first tease/attack Leo with them...smacking him in the face with them, trying to wrap them around his muzzle, all while Leo is enthusiastically trying to bite and...
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    You scold your dog. How does he/she react?

    I was just thinking about this. I would not describe Leo as a soft dog at all. He bounces back from things extremely quickly, and does not shut down while training practically ever. "Ah ah" or "No" just tell him to stop doing something, and don't bother him at all. Yet he is very attune to...
  13. Slick

    Phrases your dog knows

    We've done the command thread before, but what phrases does your dog respond to. By this I mean a phrase (not a command) that gets your dog to react in a certain way, even when uttered outside of context. So for instance, if your dog was sleeping and you casually say "Wanna go for a walk?"...
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    Shock Collars? :-/

    I have never used a shock collar, and don't really want to...but... Leo willfully blew me off today. I recalled him at the dog park, he started to come back to me, then changed his mind and bolted across the dog park towards a dog on the other side (that dog was not doing anything new, so its...
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    If your dog was up for adoption, what would you write to describe him/her?

    A spin-off from the rescue temperament test thread. We've all seen the petfinder entries where dogs are described in a good light, but also mentioning issues and who would be best to adopt the dog. Write a description of your dog, like one might find on petfinder or on another rescue site...
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    How well does your dog generalize commands?

    Does your dog do most commands in most situations? Can you say your command in slightly different ways and your dog still get the jist? Or is your dog very specific about the way you deliver the command? This is typical border collie, but Leo is very very specific. Not so much in the location...
  17. Slick

    Post Your Dog's Halloween Costume!

    Lets see your dog's halloween costume. I went to Target today, and just couldn't help myself and got a costume for Leo. At first he hated it, then he had some serious woe, and finally he decided he didn't care one bit. Now he is just chilling in the room with it on :lol-sign: "Why you do...
  18. Slick

    Leo's Life: Catch, Derp, Happy

    While I still have your attention, I have a request. Would somebody be willing to make me a signature from one of these pictures? I have been without a signature for months now, because I just can't figure it out on my own. Before Frisbee: "Man" I had a heck of a time getting this...
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    Your Dog's Guarding Instinct!

    Does your dog have a guarding instinct? How does he/she act when somebody comes to the door of your house? Invited? Uninvited? And for my own curiosities sake, when did your dog's guarding instinct develop? I love these kinds of threads where we share about our dogs, but I am also...
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    Difficulty accepting new housemate?

    First, let me preface this by saying that Leo has NEVER been a protective or skittish dog around people. All guests to our house (or out and about) are greeted eagerly and enthusiastically. He immediately solicits pets from any kindly stranger who shows him the least bit of attention. If you...
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