First off it's still plenty cold here, oddly the 20's feel toasty!!! So basically I'm still on vaca, so guess it's a good thing we've got Theo to talk bout or we'd be talking bout nothing much at all!
I mentioned Emily coming to visit along with Lincoln on Sunday. Dad wasn't home so at first it was rather chaotic. Emily and the girls all know n love each other. Emily wasn't so sure bout the obnoxious beast we call Theo. He's really not obnoxious but, he's young and his "Hi, glad to meet you's" with other dogs can be rather over enthusiastic. We didn't want Emily to get upset while in the house so they was kept on their leads till Theo reattached his brain & Dad got home.
Then Chris n Mom tooked them outside so they have open space to say Hi. First they was on their leads, then the got let loose still on leads "just in case"...
First Emily explained to Theo that 3 legs trumps 4. Theo told her that since he can't count it didn't really matter much to him.
Emily continues her talk on proper manners. Theo listened real good. So good in fact that instead of Theo herding Emily it was in he reverse. Emily herded him! Those pix was way to blurry to post though.
See, Theo gots manners. We kept in on lead just in case he forgotted though. Being a young un he can be a quick forgetter, but really he's a smart dude.
As you can see Theo wasn't much impressed with Grandfoal. Just some good sniffin then he was wore out from Emily herding him all over and took a nap.
The rescue gave Theo a real good start. He's got "sit", "leave it", "back off" "off" down nearly 100%. His recall is nearly there too, in the house n yard anyway. His down is a bit sporadic, but it's there to work with. Mom does have to tweak Dad a bit though. He doesn't get that when you want Theo "off" the couch that you don't say "down". I mean Theo is already layin "down" when he's on the couch!!! What he needs to do is get "off" the couch so that's what Dad should say. Dad also poo poo's Mom's "ask him to sit or down before throwing the ball". Dad'll get it when Theo humps his leg cause Dad has allowed himself to be the "low dog" and lets Theo tell him what to do. Yup, this has happened to Dad in the past when he poo poo's Mom's instructions.
Mom's pretty sure that Theo never gotted abused before. He's way to agreeable, he shows no fears or over reaction to stuff either. Also he's way to good at his playing fetch skills, someone played that with him lots. He not only chases the ball and brings it back, if he drops it a distance from Mom, all she's gotta do is say "bring it closer" and he does. Her guess is a young guy who didn't know much bout training but, did know lots bout throwin a ball. The fact that he was intact and running with a lady cattle dog means his peoples didn't think to far ahead to boot.
Mom's guessing from his wanting to chase cars that his peoples just got tired of his taking off. On their walk yesterday Theo spotted and alerted to a moving car coming down a cross road like a 1/4 mile away. Iffen he hadn't been on a lead he'd have been off across the empty field to herd that car!