Saturday, May 14, 2005

Oh, we'll be posting the results of our food testing soon. We've been keeping track of Mojo's reaction to all the dog foods that we picked up at the pet fair last month. Some foods are good, some aren't so good. It's interesting, though, to see the results.

One thing for sure: Mojo really likes that Innova Evo dog food. Too bad it's too expensive for 'normal' use.

Mojo did something interesting today: he was pulling, pulling, pulling on the leash. He pulled all the way around the park, until we got home. Then instead of trying to get home, he pulled in another direction.

We figured "why not see where he wants to go?" So he pulled us...all the way to the pool! He wanted to go play with the duck!

It surprised us that he remembered his duck-friend and wanted to go look for her again. Heck, maybe Mojo considers the duck a close personal friend now that they've had their time together?

Alas, the duck wasn't there, and we had to go home. I think he'll be checking there for the next few weeks...

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Mojo'll do anything for chicken strips.

I just got one, and made him stay downstairs for 10 minutes. After 10, I said "take it," and he spent the next few minutes running around upstairs trying to find it. Yum!

Yesterday we went for a jog with Mojo. Yep, a real jog. He got used to the idea that he couldn't stop pretty quickly, and ran (or hopped) most of the way.

The funny thing is at the end we went by the pool (our complex had a pool). In the pool was a duck, casually swimming around. Mojo saw it and was intrigued. He ran towards it, and the duck swam away to the other side of the pool. Mojo ran to the other side of the pool, and the duck swam to the opposite site. This went on for about 8-10 minutes. Mojo would run, the duck would swim, Mojo would run, the duck would swim, etc. He could have stayed there for hours, running back and forth. The duck looked so relaxed, slowly paddling away.

If Mojo could swim, that duck wouldn't be so relaxed. But alas, he can't - as far as we know. We never trained him to jump into a pool of water. He'll run into the ocean (and jump into a stream), but jumping into a pool is a bit much. But I would have loved to see him take a flying leap at the duck.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Mojo's PetSmart classes are almost over. He's gotten really good at ignoring distractions and obeying commands. He might even be ready for the Canine Good Citizen test...someday. His problem with the CGC is that he's not supposed to be excited when seeing a new person. That's practically impossible for Mojo to do. On the other hand, we never thought he'd be able to sit still for food.

We're doing a bit of agility training at home, specifically the weave poles. We bought 6 plungers (they were on sale) and line them up every once in a while. For weave poles, they have to be straight and 18 inches apart. We offset them a bit, they way it's described in the book.

Well, Mojo runs them fine when they're offset. When they're straight, he has some problems. Every once in a while he'll run through the straight ones, but it's obvious from how he looks that he's not quite sure what he's supposed to be doing.

When he starts off badly we say "No." Then he sits and looks at us as if to say "what?" Then we get him to go back to the beginning and try again.

There are times when he just goes through them, and it's really neat. We get all excited and do that high-voice praise thing, but I'm not sure he can tell the difference between a successful run and an unsuccessful run.

All he knows is that sometimes he gets a chicken, and sometimes he doesn't. Maybe a thousand more times and he'll get it? Doh!

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Mojo's physical dimensions: 16 lbs, 11.25 inches.

With the new haircut, his roach back is more obvious, as are his outwardly turning toes. Luckily, his personality more than makes up for any faults, although he'd never survive in the show ring. Luckily, we never had plans to do so. But still....

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