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    She is a fine looking girl. She will have a lot of energy but is bound to be smart too so will no doubt thrive on the direction she is getting. I am sure she will take to the canoe easily enough. I've yet to find a dog that does not adapt well when properly introduced.
    John

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    thanks john!
    she comes from a hunter who breeds them for work, for himself and his friends - definitely not showroom model. so what you say is very true.
    i'm not worried about the canoe thing, just want to get at least some basic training done with her so i can control her in the boat.

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    A working breed can be more work but also has more potential to learn and live life to the full. I am sure you were not just looking for a sofa dog so Lilly / Lili / Lily will work out just fine.
    John

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    definitely no sofa dogs in this house! we know what we're getting ourselves into, it's a conscious choice. blix wasn't exactly lethargic, either.
    i'm impressed how level-headed she is. coming from a farm into the city she's not disturbed by anything so far: people, trams, buses... it's all good.

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    Great to hear she is coming along so well. It amazes me that more people do not realise you can have so much more fun they can have with their dog when it is trained and can be trusted. It opens up so many more things to do and places to go.
    John

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    yes indeed. it saddens me to think how many dogs are excluded from their "pack's" life because people think they need to leave them in the house or yard while they do things that could perfectly be shared with a well behaved dog. for such social animals this just does not seem right. and then people complain about the "crazy beast" becoming destructive and such...

    anyway, lili is very much attached to us. so much that we consciously need to get her used to being alone sometimes. we can and try to include her in our lives as much as possible but some days we can both have work stuff that takes us away from home for some hours. she's not been dealing with it too well, maybe due to the fact that she's been abandoned by 2 previous owners who were both not that ideal to start with, this early in her life. of courses she does not know that she's with us for life, for the better or worse!
    so we've been trying to get her used slowly to being alone, and not get too anxious about it. in the beginning she did things like scratch the door like crazy, bark or whinge loudly etc. now that's better.

    i'm consciously staying away now, watching her from the office via a video chat on skype that i set up, and everything's been good so far today. she's just doing doggie things like sleeping, playing with some chew toy, rolling on her back... mostly sleeping.
    this is the longest we've left her in the house alone so far and thanks to this skype thing we know that everything is fine.
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    The problem of people not properly training their dogs is a double whammy. It means they can't take their dog to as many places and also it means that shopkeepers etc have seen so many out of control dogs that they just ban them which excludes the well behaved ones.

    And it is not just what people consider "training" which most people think of as sit, stay and heel. Being comfortable being left alone is important too. It means we can take Sam for a long walk somewhere and know she will sit happily in the car for half an hour while we get a snack (of course not in any way in a situation where she will get heatstroke).

    We have friends who have 5 dogs that are pretty well trained but they have never bothered to get them used to being in the car. They live in the centre of Glasgow so their dogs only know being walked to and at the local park. No canoe trips, no camping trips no trips away staying with friends or day tips to the local countryside. All for the want of getting your dog used to being in a car and not being carsick. I just don't understand it.
    John

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    ok now that we're ranting: we have neighbours who leave their beagle at home, alone, all day, every day. then when they do stuff on the weekend, like visit family who live in a village in the country (the guy's brother runs a restaurant or bar out in the forest) they also leave the dog at home. their excuse is: you know how he is, he's kinda authistic and doesn't really socialise well. of course he doesn't if all he ever sees is the inside of their place (actually the hallway where they lock him in) or a short walk through the park with one of them.

    or the other guy whose dog goes berserk whenever they pass another human or other dog... and what does the guy do every single time? yank back on the leash and twirls the dog around and yells at him. how can he ever learn to be calm that way??

    yes i have my fair share of disfunctional human-canine relationships around. i used to walk or watch a few of the neighbourhood doogs after blix died, while we didn't have one. it frustrated me to see all the damage and not being able to do anything about it in the short time i had them. talked to some of the humans, though. sometimes it helps to make them think - most of the time it doesn't.

    [and now i miss that "banging head against wall" smiley that we have in sotp]

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    If you really want something to rant about I have a friend whose dogs jump up on you and bark when you come into his house. He tries to stop them by feeding them biscuits to "distract" them
    John

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    now i really need that "banging head against wall" smiley!

    i'm home by now and it's really interesting to see with he skype connection on the phone, at what point they realise that you're approaching. much earlier than i would have thought. this explains why my previous attempts to spy on her the old fashioned way, by sitting somewhere outside the door and listening, didn't work.
    i'm totally sold on this high-tech dog whispering. so much so that i'm off to get an IP cam!

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