The Life of a
Standard Wire-Haired Dachshund and a German Shepherd Dog
and other puppy related stories ....
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Christiane Benoit 2009-2014
|Posted on June 2, 2013 at 6:35 PM||comments (0)|
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|Posted on May 20, 2013 at 9:45 PM||comments (0)|
Willi is an awesome little tracker. He did about 250 metres of blood-track today and the only thing he has to learn is to pace himself. He gets some gentle reminders with pops on the leash that he should concentrate on the track and not race the track. He does exceptionally well and always finds the target - a heap of wiener pieces. We tracked through grass and sandy patches today. The left pictures is from the start of the track - pop on the leash - the right picture is at the end of the track as he finds the wiener. I hope to be able to make a video of Willi tracking soon.
|Posted on May 12, 2013 at 11:15 AM||comments (0)|
For more information about the Dachshund's heritage as hunting dog go to : http://www.born-to-track.com/
|Posted on May 7, 2013 at 1:30 PM||comments (0)|
The last snow has melted and Willi started digging in the yard. He is looking for mice under the patio door and enjoys the sunshine. I have contacted the local Earthdog Club and we hope the season starts soon. I have never done Earthdog before and it will be a new adventure on the dog training journey. Willi is maturing and is wildboar coat is shining through is black top coat now. He did another great track this weekend. He is very excited to approach a track and he has already made the connection between tracking collar and upcoming track, as he starts sniffing the ground as soon as he has his tracking collar on. He wears a hand-made blood-tracking collar. If you are looking for tracking gear for your Dachshund go to:
|Posted on May 1, 2013 at 12:30 AM||comments (0)|
Tracking is finally here!
Although there is still is a little snow on the ground, we found some open areas and finally did our first food track on Saturday. As you can see Willi is very enthusiastic and tries to race through the track. He has to learn to slow down and concentrate on the track. He just starts on this track here on the photo and the leash is tight as it runs slowly through my hands. He tracks with a very nice deep nose. I train him to keep his nose as much on the track as possible. Hunting dogs like to trail on their tracks and move on and off the actual track. To stay put on the actual track will involve a little bit of learning. So far he did two beautiful young dog tracks at the weeeknd. Way to go Willi!
|Posted on April 21, 2013 at 11:50 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted on April 14, 2013 at 5:05 PM||comments (0)|
Almost Tracking Season
Although it snowed again this weekend temperatures are rising and snow on the ground is receding. Weather was good last week and we did one track before the snow came down again. I set a blood track for Willi, the first one this year, approx. 200 metre long. He found the start point right away, had his hackles up full of excitement and followed the track with a deep nose up around the first turn. As the ground is still very wet he trailed a little bit after the first turn but was on the track again after about 5 metre and followed the rest of the track deep nose again. It seems like he becomes a different dog when he is on a track. Very concentrated and if he had done this forever. At the end of this short track he received his (raw) food as prize. Hopefully we can do another track in the coming week.
|Posted on April 8, 2013 at 12:10 AM||comments (0)|
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Off-leash training in the city
For the past week we have been working on Willi's off-leash training. We had work on the recall before, but in a city full of rabbits the recall has to be 100% secure or you risk your dog's life. First I started with the e-collar on sound/vibration in the house. He is now very good reacting to the sound on his collar and returns to me immediately inside and outside. Of course he only runs in a safe area before we have secured this. Dusk and dawn is rabbit time, so he will still stay leashed for morning and evening walks. Soon the sun will be up longer and we have more time to practice. As you can see he had lots of fun today.