Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Dogs Read Us

Our dogs read sign language.  Have you ever thought about that?  Just like we humans do, even if we're not classically trained in actual sign language, dogs pick up on our bodily cues.  We read body language, hand and arm motions, facial expressions etc. all the time, all day.  Dogs too look to us for important signals.  A glance from you toward their leash hook immediately tells them it's time for a walk.  Moving toward the back door signals to them they're headed out to the yard.  Sure, you might purposefully tag a word for your dog to associate with when you head to the door (such as "outside"), which then simply teaches a new signal, the word, but the motion alone is being read even without the word attachment.  It's actually far easier to train and teach a dog with cues than language. 

Possible Cues Your Dog Already Picks Up On
Your eye movement toward the door, leashes food etc
Using finger to point in a direction to go
Crying vs laughing or smiling
Energetic vs tired body language
Head nods for direction
Pain body language
Stress body language
Breathing (For some odd reason Murray is VERY in tune to breathing.  Deep sudden breaths stress him.)

They're favorite cue is my "walk" cue :)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Our Top 10 Bark Triggers

We're barkers in our house.  We bark at all sorts of things!  Sometimes I'm not sure exactly what it is Piper and Murray are barking at, and I'm not sure they do either.  Here are a few items on our "barking frenzy" list.

*Doorbells...both real and on TV
*Voices in the neiborhood
*Dogs walking anywhere within sight of our house
*UPS, FedEx, Postman etc
*Neighbors coming and going next door from their own house
*Knocking anywhere...doesn't have to be at the door
*Strange cars stopping in front of our house
*People walking down our street
*The wind
*Thunder
And on and on and on....
WOOF WOOF

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Goldendoodles

Goldendoodles are a cross between a golden retriever and a poodle.

F1 doodle- Half golden retriever and half poodle.  Pups can appear more like goldens, poodles or a mix of both.  May or may not shed.

F1b doodle- A goldendoodle bred to a poodle.  Looks more poodle like and better chance of little to no shedding.

F2 doodle- An F1 goldendoodle bred to another F1 goldendoodle.

F2b doodle- An F1 doodle bred to an F1b doodle.

Coats
Goldendoodle coats can be very unpredictable.  They can be shaggy, have loose curls or look much more like pure golden retrievers.  Apricot and cream colored doodles are most usual, with black and brown close behind.  More unusual colors are gray and multi-colored.  All coats types require regular grooming.

Size
Doodles range in size from standard (60ish lbs), medium (40ish lbs) and small (20ish lbs).

Personality
Goldendoodles are known to be smart, happy, loyal and very friendly dogs.  Most of them LOVE people and become very attached to their owners.

Murray is an F1 standard size doodle.

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