Sunday, December 1, 2013

Hello out there? Can anybody hear me?

Ricky and I are coming back to blogging! Kathy and Cricket encouraged us to sign up at the Bronze level for Denise Fenzi's Relationship Building Through Play class and it started today! So I think we are going to have something to blog about. Wow, I know.

I trained Ricky completely with food. He learns quickly and easily with food and I didn't know any better when I got him. I am so interested in seeing if I can ever get him to accept a toy as a reward but we have a long long way to go. He will not play with toys unless it is his own idea. Same thing with just playing with me - if he wants to, he will. But he starts and ends the game. I am sure Denise will have lots of advice to give and skills to teach us.

Kathy and Cricket posted a video of Cricket backing up stairs the other day so I made a video of Ricky doing the same. He has gotten better at this over the years. However he can go much faster than he did in this video. Does he use his rear legs? It's hard for me to tell.

We have been enjoying agility class a lot! I am running one of my instructor's Shelties in a second class each week and I am loving that! But that's another story. Here's hoping I can get busy and do some training and keep writing about it!

Chris and Ricky


Sara said...

Hey you two! Good to have you back!

Those online classes are fun, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it. I can't wait to take Denise's heeling course.

Ricky's back up the stairs is great! I cant get my two to do more than one step. They think it is a 2o/2o trick for some reason.

Kathy Mocharnuk said...

ALl RIGHT BOTH OF YOU! I'm so excited, this is going to be fun and so great we get to do this together!

Kathy Mocharnuk said...

Ricky looks great, you have some good stairs for working and Ricky rocked them!

Cowspotdog said...

RICKYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! Oh we are so glad to see you...we miss you and look how clever you are...I am just glad we don't have steps or mom would be trying to teach us that too.

Diana said...

So happy you are back!! Sounds like fun!! I can't tell if Ricky is using his back legs. Usually the do one at a time.

Lassiter Chase and Benjamin said...

Hi Ricky we r happy to see your post. Love your backwards trick video. Cant wait to hear more about your classes.

Lucy-Fur, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

Hi! We can hear you! Really nifty trick with the stairs! Mom's going to have to look into that so she can (and I quote) "keep the mentals stimulated". I'm not sure if she means ours or hers! Heehee!

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

Johann The Dog said...

Glad to have you back Ricky!!! We've missed you! Now you'll have to visit my blog and leave comments, BOL!

Sagira said...

He is so smart and you're an awesome trainer! :)

Arran, Arthur and Mum said...

Good backing up Ricky. We'll have to try that one!
So good to hear that you are feeling motivated to blog again!!
I have the motivation, now I just need the time. lol!

Dawn said...

Obviously we have some catching up to do! GO RICKY!! You know for sure Katie is not going to go up those stairs, backwards OR forward!