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OK, I can't not blog this. 

It is a comment and a question at the same time I guess.  When I look at the photos over all our our beloved curly pets, I can't help but notice that the inside of our homes are often very similar.  I see leather couches, beige carpet with some kind of pattern, backyards with wear spots near the water hose.  Keep your eyes peeled...you'll be amazed. Could it be that the same kind of folk choose a similar type of dog?

And then there is the issue of the lifejackets / swim vests etc.  Gracie has one and apparently lots of other doodles do too!  What is up with that?  A double-swimming dog with webbed feet and they need lifejackets!  Isn't that hysterical?!!!  Gracie's first ride in a motor boat and she literally 'jumped' over the side, while we were moving.  She's a lousy swimmer, so we were so glad she was wearing the jacket.  We just swung back and picked her up by the handle on the jacket. 

 

Has anyone else noticed these similarities?  Let me know.  Oh, and have a great holiday season!

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Comment by Lois - Izzi on June 8, 2011 at 10:05pm
I have noticed...
As for any dogs on any furniture including beds. is a simple off with us... except for the living room where we do most of our reading or visiting with friends they are allowed (at 6 months) anywhere in the house that I am... They back out of the bathrooms on command (back) and lay at the threshold. In another room where the TV is is hardly ever used except for movies on demand, where the dog Charlie is allowed up but Izzi lays as close as she can get to the popcorn.. I don't use any corrections but 'off' and no response from me.. and lots of praise and popcorn if she stays on the floor. She is a darling, who wants to please and I believe the breed is for the most part just that, they want to please. Since I'm really not sure how large Izzi will be (although she is breed 'standard to standard') as an adult; right now I find that the better part of acceptable behavior is set today not tomorrow... so as not to have to undo what I have mistakenly allowed as a puppy... Today I give lots of hugs, she is often in our lap for a belly scratch. The difference is my choice not hers.. I to keep my treats small, that way I have there attention for a longer period of time.. I also use different collars for play time and serious training. The harness is used in open fields.. where they have the ability to run far and wide but not get tangled in a situation they can't overcome on their own.. One other major item that I train at the same time is a silent whistle and voice commands.. I've already introduced the whistle within the house limits.. they come because it means treats and lots of praise.
Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on April 5, 2011 at 12:38pm
Putting the cushions up is a good idea. I really don't think the 2 Doodles will be hard to train to stay off, but my Lab is another story, he is stubborn as a mule. Plus my husband will be the weakest link in this venture, he is the reason they all get up on the furniture in the first place. I will just have to play it by ear. Thanks for the idea that just might work.
Comment by JoAnn Gallagher & Paddy Waggin' on April 5, 2011 at 10:39am

In asnswer to Laurie, Nug & Puk:  It really was pretty easy to teach Miss M not to climb up on furniture.  These doodles are very smart dogs.  She's two now, but when she was very young, when we saw her starting to climb up, all it took was a few no's and when she'd stop, we'd make her sit and give her a dog treat and praise her like crazy.  She's very food motivated and will do most things for a food reward. Important to make them work for their rewards (whether it is food or favorite toy or whatever)...even if it's just making them sit before they get the reward and praise.   I keep her treats very small size, just the same as when she was only 8 or 9 lbs. 

With our last Golden Retriever, he'd been allowed on couch for awhile, but since my hubby didn't like him on furniture, we just started putting the cushions up and telling him no and he pretty much stopped hopping up there.  It wasn't long before we could put the cushions in place and he stayed off.  I'd be interested in how others managed this. 

Comment by Erica Carano on April 5, 2011 at 7:48am
Much easier to keep clean... no question about it!
Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on April 5, 2011 at 7:07am
Thanks Erica, I'm really leaning toward leather just because I know it will be easier to keep clean.
Comment by Erica Carano on April 4, 2011 at 9:02pm
We have leather and our dogs lay on it all the time. Never have had a problem with it. You just can't get a high gloss leather, you need a rougher texture because it's more resilient.
Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on April 4, 2011 at 8:49pm
I would like to know how all of you keep your Doodles off the furniture. I know we messed up with our first dog and let him on the furniture and the other 2 just followed by example. I really want new furniture but I have been delaying getting any, because I can't decide to get leather and just teach the dogs to stay off or get something that is pet friendly. Any suggestions out there?
Comment by Andrea O'Brien on April 4, 2011 at 8:03pm
It's too bad that YOU are in the doghouse! LOL.  I think she is beautiful.
Comment by JoAnn Gallagher & Paddy Waggin' on April 4, 2011 at 8:17am
Hello again, Andrea...Murphy was averaging 57-58 pounds most of last year.  About 6 weeks ago at annual trip to vet, she weighed 63...my husband nags me constantly about overfeeding her...treat rewards!!  I do buy healthy treats...made in either U.S. or Canada...very small size.  He is an exercise...can't sit still kind of person...very weight conscious.  Hopefully, now that Spring is here (or supposed to be!!), she'll get more running in and get back to the lower weight, then maybe I can get out of the "doghouse!!!"  :)
Comment by Andrea O'Brien on April 3, 2011 at 10:07pm

Hey Joanne, it's funny that you should comment about navigating around the site....just tonight I typed part of a reply to you, had a nice story happening and I lost it!  :)  Sometimes making my reply happen where I want it to makes me wonder.

So, LIvely is, according to Mapquest, only 6.5 hours away. We are 4 to 4.5 hours north of toronto.  Lots of people go to Buffalo just to watch a sporting event or to use the airport.  For us a trip to Toronto is no big deal.  Same...we use the Toronto Airport and have friends there, so would not hesitate to drive there for dinner for a night and then home next day.

I do find that Murphy and Gracie look an awful lot alike.  I think (its hard to tell) that Gracie may be smaller....she weighs 57 lbs. 

Hopefully Murph can get a good swim in this summer.  Lots of lakes up in Northern Ontario....check your map and let us know if you head our way!!! :)

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