Friday, May 9, 2008

Proud to report...

Loki is now over his food aggression! He will no longer growl or snap at me if I approach him while he's eating. He will simply leave his food alone and walk away. If he already has a piece of chicken in his mouth, he will carry it back to his kennel and will finish it there.

Unfortunately, we're not up to the point where I can take food from his mouth yet. I don't know whether or not I want to work on that seeing as how I do not ever want to grab raw chicken from his mouth. However, I might have to one day... so I guess here goes the next stage in training.

I think what really helped Loki was his 1 week stay at my friend's house with her 6 bulldogs. He ate his meals in his kennel while the other dogs were roaming around. At first, he growled and snapped from within his kennel but by the end of the week, he was eating calmly because he realized no one would take his food.

At home, I now feed Loki in his kennel with the door open on rainy days, and on the backyard deck (watching him through a glass door) if it's a sunny day. He doesn't react when he sees us face to nose height through the glass door... so I guess he's somehow learned that we won't take his food.

I guess something we did clicked with him because Loki is now a normal dog once again. Finally...

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Sleepy Loki

Of course with all that energy draining that's been going on, Loki has been sleeping like a rock after he gets done with our nightly training. Check out the poses:






Yes, that's Loki sleeping on top of me in the first picture. I'm sure it's not that uncommon for all you V folks.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Energy

I'm starting to learn juuuust how much energy Loki has. Hopefully it's not all puppy energy and some can be attributed to being Vizsla energy though. Although, looking at Loki's new friend at the dog park (a 3 year old female V), the energy level seems to go down significantly with age.

Anyway. Here's a typical day for Loki and I in NJ. Keep in mind that I am currently on vacation and am waiting to go back to classes on the 27th.

Loki:
  • Wakes up at 6:30 AM
  • Gets fed his raw meal and let out by my father around 7:30 AM
  • Terrorize the birds, bugs and squirrels and plays with various (dog) toys outside for 2 hours
  • Comes back in, waits patiently in kennel/naps until 11:00 AM when I finally wake up

Loki & I:
  • Follows me around the house until I let him out again to stalk the birds, bugs and squirrels for 30 minutes while I eat lunch at 1 PM
  • Takes a nap on the couch while I talk to Jason online or just look up things on the internet
  • 4:30 PM every day we go to the dog park until 6 or 6:30 PM depending on how busy it is there (if the dog park slows down, I bring Loki home)
  • Get let outside to eat his kibbles meal and terrorize more wildlife while we eat dinner
  • Comes inside for his daily training session with my parents and grandparents (using treats and fresh fruits... oranges and grapefruit are the fruits of choice for the season)
  • Go back outside with me to throw around a floppy disk thing for an hour
  • Comes back inside for more training with my mom
  • Settles down on couch aside my mom (supposedly, he's not allowed upstairs. Only in the basement and in the backyard. I guess my parents changed their minds!) and naps until I go back to the basement and hop on the computer
  • Sleeps through the night in his kennel
For about 3 hours every day, he's extremely active - when we're at the dog park and when I'm throwing around the floppy disk. It just completely amazes me how he doesn't slow down one bit while we're at the park and never even wants to leave. He'll come check up on me once in a while and will come when called but when it comes time to putting the leash on... well... let's just say I'm the only owner who has to drag their dog out of the park. Most dogs let their owners know when they want to leave - even if the owner doesn't want to leave just yet.

I love vacations. I'm sure Loki does too. I feel really bad for the past 8 months though... we never really let Loki use his full energy potential. Sure he got his walks and wrestling with Jason and once a week playdates but he could've been so much happier.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Loki vs. the Ant

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Loki has been doing... a decent job exterminating all the ants at my parent's place. Too bad the ants usually win one over him though. Each time he tries to eat an ant, he usually licks it up, only to have it crawl all over his mouth. He'll sit there for two seconds trying to get the ant out using his tongue and when all else fails, he'll drag his mouth along the floor. The ant will fall out of his mouth mangled and covered with spit, but will also come back to life within the next 5 minutes (when Loki will repeat the entire cycle).

This time, I guess Loki won one over the ant because I didn't see it fall out of his mouth. Maybe he finally got that little meal he wanted. It was odd this time because Loki dragged his mouth along the floor to pick up the ant. Strange.