Saturday, March 5, 2011

A Few New Tricks

Today is Zoe's 1-month anniversary of attending obedience training at Field of Dreams.  As I've mentioned, my primary reason for enrolling Zoe at FOD is to help her overcome fear in social situation involving new people and dogs.  The untimate goal is for Zoe to be confident enough to join me on a weekend trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to see lots of friends at the end of April.  I've been very pleased with Zoe's progress over the last month.  I knew she had the capability to learn new things, and after three weeks of attending classes, she was promoted from level 1 to level 2!!  I'm especially happy to see Zoe's comfort level has greatly increased, from having to be coerced through the door and trembling throughout class, to actively participating and curiously checking out her furry classmates.  Every dog has a different set of challenges and I enjoy watching the interactions between various pups and their humans.  Zoe and I are still working on "the basics," but we're taking it slowly and moving through the process at a pace that's comfortable to her.  Here's a quick sample of some of the things we've been practicing.

In addition to Zoe's school activities, our dogs have been enjoying a few sunny spring-like days that have come our way.  I'm getting outside more with them and the camera, which certainly makes me happy.  Here's a quick little movie I made of a game of "take away" that Zoe and Xander had going the other day.  I love the expressions on their faces, especially toward the end.  Enjoy!!

We're excited to participate in this week's Saturday Pet Blogger Hop!  Thanks, as always, to the Hop hosts, Life With DogsTwo Little Cavaliers, and Confessions of the Plume.  Happy hopping, and happy weekend too!


  1. Good for Zoe. I'm so glad you are working with her like this.

    And a bunny! Shhh, we won't tell my guys.

  2. I like the one ear up and one ear down look in the last picture. I hope Zoe goes on ok as I'm sure she would love to go on a trip with you.

  3. Wow, Zoe is a clever little girl, I'd better show this to Beryl. Well done and good luck on the trip to Gettysburg. Zoe looks like she'll take anything in her stride by then:)

  4. Zoe looks like she is progressing nicely. A trip to anywhere is exciting. Hope she is ready to go.

    Drools and licks,
    Minnie and Mack

  5. Zoe is doing so well, she is a clever girl and she is so eager to learn. Very soon two of you will have some trips together!

  6. Isn't it great to watch them progress so well? Yay, Zoe!!

  7. Hopping by from the blog hop. Zoe looks like she's doing great! Great videos!
    Your pals,
    Diane and Cosmo

  8. Thanks to your efforts and hard work, Zoe looks wonderful and happy.

  9. Zoe is such a good student!

    Love the "Take Away" slideshow! Great shots!

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  11. miss kristin,

    it makes me happy that the cat informational gave you the mega giggles. i like to make peeps giggle. :)
    miss zoe is doin' a super good job with her trainin'! i bet she will so be ready to go on your funsies trip at the end of april. i like that clicker thingie a lot cuz it helps me better understand when i am doin' somethingie right. :)
    oh, and i wanna come play zoomies 'n take away with miss zoe 'n xander! i loooove that game! my big sis asa doesn't like to play that game for very long. hmmmph.

    the booker man

  12. Darn, I never could view your videos. I tried two days in row... But, it sounds as if your training is going really well. I bet that it's rewarding!

    Enjoy your spring-like days! It's snowing here!

  13. Yay for you and Zoe! Isn't training so much fun? Congratulations on doing so well so quickly. Do I see a room full of titles in your future?

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