Monday, April 27, 2009

Seminar in Toronto

I went to a seminar in Toronto this weekend. The guest speaker was Brad Pattison. For those who don't know, Brad is the tv personality who hosts the show called "At the End of My Leash". It is one of the few dog shows I enjoy watching. Have you seen it?

I just wanted to share this with you since I really enjoyed the seminar. It was fun, interactive and informative. I would highly reccommend anyone, from would-be dog owners to rescue workers, to go to one of his seminars.

It took us a few hours to get there since we live so far away. We considered renting a hotel room for the night, but ended up just driving that morning. Had we rented a room, we would have had to arrange accomodations for our dogs and it is easier just to get up super-duper early.

I am not a morning person ... it was hard as hell to get up before the sun!

PS - this is the first day I haven't worn boots to work! WOOHOO! Spring's Here!


Lacy said...

w00f's, does u no anything about training blind puppies??

b safe,

GoLightly said...

You lucky WITCH!!

ahem, sorry.
Yeah, he's pretty cool. Not everybody gets him. He's good, very good. His programs can be a bit painful to watch.. for the people..

So, any pearls of training wisdom he might have dropped?

Jealous, I would be, if I were the jealous type:)

acos said...

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DogsDeserveFreedom said...

Rocky - I haven't trained blind puppies myself, but I do know that people often will tether the dog to another. Like a buddy system.

Personally, I would work a lot on leash. Get the verbal cues so accurate it's scary. Teach words like "stop" "closer" "left" "Right" or something like that so you can help guide your dog. Make sure you crate train as that crate will become a safe spot for the dog. Try not to move your furniture around too much because your dog will memorize where everything is.

I would join an agility class and work with obedience and ensure that the trust is absolute.

There can be issues with blind dogs and biting because they startle easily so you need to make sure the dog is comfortable in its own skin so to say. Anyway, that's where I would start. There are lots of things you can do with blind dogs.

I would also seek out people who have blind dogs and talk to them. Check Yahoo mailing lists, etc.

GoLightly - sorry you missed it. You probably would have really liked it. It's true - not everyone gets him.

Many people don't like his style because he belittles people ... but who's fault is it if the dog is misbehaving? My theory? Of course he'll talk down to the dumbasses!

Pearls of wisdom ... yep ... here goes:

"Be surprised when your dog does something wrong, not something right"

acos - the site doesn't work.