A Border Collie’s eye – staring down the dog’s herding targets — is an essential part of the dog’s success. Here puppy, Tweed, practices his eye focusing on the family cat.
Our six Border Collie puppies had their first visit to the front yard today (2/3). Click on any image to see a larger picture. Then, click the back arrow on the browser to return to this gallery.
This sunny Thanksgiving afternoon was a great time for a romp in our 10-acre,wooded dog park. The park is open for our Building Members. Dogs have great fun. Our Collies were eager to run when we opened the gate. They continued to explore for the next hour or so – non-stop.
We can see that dogs often play at the same tempo. What else do they learn from each other? How about the ‘sit’, ‘down’, ‘stand’ and ‘stay’ exercises? Gretel surely seems to be looking toward the other dogs as if she would like some guidance – or – demonstrating the ‘sit’ and expecting the other guys to take a lesson from her.
For an advanced version of the sit – check out how Bart does it.
The benefit will aid Shawn McCoy and his family. He was the victim of a severe collision on US Highway 63 in Columbia when a tractor-trailer crossed the median into the path of McCoy’s car.
His injuries have required multiple surgeries and a recovery period of six to eight months or longer.
The benefit will be at Ann Gafke’s Teacher’s Pet, dog training school in Columbia. The address is 325 E Dripping Springs Road. The benefit circus begins at 2 o’clock.
The canines are members of the Teacher’s Pet Dog Drill Team. The dogs perform advanced obedience skills matched to music. Between the Drill Team performances, the event will include face painting and several children’s activities.
“To add to the circus atmosphere, we will have free popcorn, soft drinks circus music,” Ann Gafke, event director, said. “Admission to the event is free; however, we ask that guests make a contribution of the McCoy benefit.”
“We are also collecting items for our silent auction. One can bring the items to the dog school. One may also make direct cash contributions with checks made to the Shawn McCoy Benefit at Landmark Bank,” she said. “Items donated so far include a sailboat cruise on Mark Twain Lake with a gourmet lunch or dinner for up to four, an 1880’s mandolin, an assortment of power tools, and craft items.”
“The McCoy family has been involved in with our Drill Team and dog school for years. Their daughter Kaitlyn performs with the Drill Team and Misty and Shawn help with the maintenance of the school and preparation for its major programs,” Gafke said.
Everyone wants her/his dog to pay attention. Here is a short video on how to earn that attention and another on the fun and joy one can have from that earning. The first [https://youtu.be/L328atFp5tg ] shows how much attention the handler must pay to the dog. The second [https://youtu.be/1yg8x-Rewr8] shows the payoff from that effort.
Some 40 people and more than 50 dogs pose at the conclusion of our three-day holiday show December 6, 2015.