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22 February 2013
Looooove thise pictures of Badger!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 He is so darn cute!!! Holdi g his litte squeak toy so proudly....he's a real smile maker for us all! 🙂
And this kind of update isa smile maker for us all too!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 UJust wonderful to hear how well Badger is doing!! He really has a fairly smooth recovery. We often see the recovery a bit..er...rougher! I do believe he is over the hump and it will continue to get better and better from this point forward!
Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!
Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!
Thanks Karen and Sally! I'm really happy to be able to share good news.
Badger is a tough little dog and he's done so well, including leaving the wound alone, he's such a good boy.
And he makes me laugh every day with his puppy-like playfulness. I totally agree he is definitely a smile maker!
He's obviously feeling pretty good as he just took off when I wasn't looking and jumped up on the bed, which he knows he's not allowed to do.
Once the stitches are out is OK to let him jump up on things if he wants too, he was always a bouncing, high jumper kind of dog?
25 April 2007
Oh that Badger I just want to give him a big SMOOCH!
So happy to hear that things are going well, I just now had a chance to catch up on things. I know that he's rearin' to go and start playing and bouncing off the walls again, but do start slow. Jumping off furniture, out of cars and other high objects isn't the best idea for a Tripawd. Some breeds are impossible to slow down, but remember that you can do lots of interactive games, obedience training, nosework, etc., things that will wear out his mind before his body. They are just as effective in tiring out an active doggy like him. If you're unfamiliar with these types of activities I encourage you to visit the Tripawds Amazon and Tripawds Gear blog for games and ideas.
Thanks for the advice, I've been thinking about a ramp so might just get one and train him to use it instead of letting him jump.
He's a trained sniffer dog for wildlife so keeping him occupied on low impact things shouldn't be a problem, it's more about his habits around the house where is used to being able to jump up onto the bed, and into the car etc.
He doesn't like ramps but he's smart as a button so it should only take a couple of bits of cheese or liver treats to teach him to use one!
25 April 2007
18 October 2009
He's a trained sniffer dog for wildlife
I've been doing Nose Work with Elly for the last 8 months. We started just hunting for treats in the house and yard and progressed to searching for the specific odors. I started to help her overcome her fear issues but boy, does it tire her out! It's low impact and exercises her mind. I also really love to do food puzzles and games, also low impact and mind challenging.
I do have to be careful to adjust her daily calorie intake to account for all the extra food in the games and puzzles.
Elly (and Maggie before) is too small to get in or out of my truck, and she doesn't try to get on the bed unless the stairs are there. I also have steps near all the furniture on which she is allowed. She is pretty smart about using the stairs but once in awhile she is wound up she will jump off the bed. I've not tried a ramp with Elly- Maggie refused to use any of the three ramps I built over the years.
"I've been doing Nose Work with Elly for the last 8 months."
Sounds great Karen! It is amazing what an all around work out the scent work is for them, Badger always sleeps like a log after a day out searching for wildlife scats, and I often used to do refresher training in and around the house or the local park which tired him out as well. He's retired now due to the cancer and tripod factor as he was working in some rugged bushland, so I could add in some new scents and mix it up for him now.
Games and puzzles sound worth a try too. Badger tends to find the easiest way to break into things, like with Kongs for example he'll work out what angle the treats come out and instead of chasing the Kong around the house he'll just rock it in one spot until it's empty! He's such a smarty pants. I'll see what challenges we can come up with, it should be fun trying
Will look at what we can do with stairs or ramps for him.
18 October 2009
I've built all the stairs and steps I use, the commercial ones never seem to be the right size.
Elly has figured out a couple of the toys too, I try to rotate them so she doesn't get bored. There is one called a Tug-a-Jug that was quad pug Obie's favorites. He would play with that thing until he was exhausted! Elly figured out that she could just tip it up on end and all the treats would just fall out!
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