Wondering how I spent my '3rd barkday'? With the evil owner back from school only at 7pm, plus an excuse she's out of budget to buy anything special for me, and out of time to cook anything like previous year (Lame excuse), all I got was an opportunity to pose infront of a cake that doesn't meant for me.
How I wish I can spend my big day in the woods, chasing after flying fox with my flying skills and retrieving ducks for Ms Owner to cook. That's what we call 'paradise'.
By the way, I got myself a new tug toy. Is not exactly 'new' to be precise. Ms Owner bought it 2 years ago, and that time I didn't get the idea of tugging, so she just kept it on the shelves. From what we read in previous years, some trainers came up with an idea of 'not-letting-your-dog-to-win' the tug game to show your superiority over them. But what's the point of playing if I knew I never going to win? I got pretty demotivated to continue and prefer chasing the ball instead.
Our tugging experience was put on halt for 2 years and now we are back in action again after reading Art of K9Disc: Tugging for Retrieve, which explains everything you need to train a dog to enjoy the game of tugging. The most important point is, you must let the dog win the game!
Not sure whether is it due to my 'New-Toilet-Syndrome', I got pretty obsessed with they rope, until I kept jumping up at Ms Owner to grab it with my 'fang'. Then, I would voluntarily bring the rope back to tug for another tug. After every evening practise session, she will keep my toys near the window plate. The tennis ball never fails to be there, but I never attempt to steal it. The new tug toy laying there manage to tempt me to commit a crime, I leaped up and grab it from the window. Ms Owner was delighted to see me loving my new toy, hopefully I will love it as much when she bring it outdoor, then she can have a slight hope of weaning me away from being too dependent on food.
We got some tips from Surf Stormers Flyball Dogs on how to increase my accuracy in 'catching-ball-skill'. We can make use of the time at home to practise on catching, by throwing the ball at a lower arc gradually, until directly straight at my face, just like how the ball shoot out from the flyball box