Monday, April 24, 2006

The Perfect Score


The Buckeye Keeshond Club had it's first spring specialty in Columbus, Ohio this Saturday, April 22, 2006. The weather was perfect and the entry was large, over 70 Keeshond were entered in conformation and obedience classes. We will be writing about the specialty but first we want to talke about something else that was perfect at the show. Bonnie Burman and her Keeshond "Rex" scored a perfect 200 in Open B obedience.

For those of you who are not familiar with obedience training, Open B, is an advanced class that requires the dog to do long sits, and downs with handlers out of sight, heeling in a figure eight with no leash - perfectly straight sits and change of pace - still no leash, retrieving a dumbell over a high jump - no leash - and requires the dog to drop down mid-way to the handler when called.

EEK - this is college for your dog and you. Points are deducted when your dog does not change pace immediately, when he returns to you and is not perfectly straight, and for not staying exactly in heel position at all times. Rex was Number 1 Obedience Keeshond, Number 1 Non-Sporting Obedience Dog and Number 17 All-Breeds in 2005. Make no mistake this requires dedication, they work really hard.

How hard is it to get a perfect 200? Think a hole in one in golf, pitching a no hitter in baseball,
a perfect score in figure skating in the Olympics - and you will get the idea. Rex was also received the highest score of all dogs entered in any obedience class that day. Yep, he beat all the Golden Retreivers, and the Border Collies, every Sheltie and every Poodle.

Maybe this will inspire the rest of us Keeshond owners to get up off our lazy duffs and start training our very smart dogs!

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

What About Puppies and Bugs?

Riley, A Member of The Ten Puppy Litter, Enjoying Himself In His Yard

Puppies are curious and they often think that bugs are amusing toys, pets and/or food! If you watch your puppy you may see him or her follow an ant along the sidewalk or in the yard. All of a sudden - OOPS - the ant is GONE! Puppy has eaten the ant! UGH! The outcome of this adventure may be that the puppy gets his tounge bitten by the ant. In that case ant play will cease immediatley. As we have said Keeshonden are very smart!

A more serious scenario is when the bug game occurs with a bumblebee or other really serious stinging inscet. Puppies and dogs can get bitten on the foot when they inadvertently step on a bee, or on the ear or face when they are looking at the curious creature. Your dog will usually yelp when this happens. The first thing to do is examine where the sting occured, pull out the stinger and put ice on the sting. The ice or cold pack from the freezer (a pack of peas will do) will keep the inflammation from spreading. Keep the area iced for at least 40 minutes. If your dog or puppy experiences serious swelling or difficulty breathing get them to veterinarian immediatley.
Call your veterinarian and see if they recommend liquid Benadryl before you are on your way.
Keeping the lawn cut down to minimize dandelions will help discourage bees and keep your dogs safer during the summer.

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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Keeping Puppy Safe in the Great Outdoors

Look Out! He Is Eating The Tree!

This is Mickey, proudly owned by Ed and Lisa munching on a tree in his back yard! Lisa called to ask what to do about a puppy that ran around eating bark, stones, sticks, trees and digging holes!

It is true that puppies and pristine landscaping are not necessarily compatible. But there are some things you can do to make life outdoors easier and safer.

First do some research on the poisonous plants that may be in your yard. Some of the things that are not agreeable and may be poisonous to dogs are rhododendrons, calla lilly, yew trees and foxglove plants. There are others so do some homework about the plants that may be growing in your area.

Next, when you go outside to garden take some things with you that puppy can play with and chew on, instead of the landscape. A rawhide, fresh marrow bone from the freezer, or a Kong toy filled with peanut butter should do the trick. Puppy will be happy with his new treat and you can do some gardening without shouting, NO, STOP THAT evey five minutes.

Another thing that makes outdoors fun is play. Take a walk on a leash, throw a ball or play a game of hide and seek. Hide and seek is great for getting puppies to pay attention to you, learn to come and stick by your side.

As for digging holes, well that comes naturally to most dogs. Keeshonden will dig a hole to find a cool spot to lay down. If the potential hole is in your perennial bed then you can discourage the behavior by placing dog waste (poo) in the hole. Rocks also can be deterrent. Sometimes if a flower bed is an attractive target putting up a small garden fence is a good plan.

Puppies want to explore and they like to have a partner in doing it! Make your outdoor time with puppy an enjoyable experience for both of you by planning ahead.

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