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Shelly Coulombe

Wynn, short for Selwyn which means "friend," is my boyfriend's dog and now I consider him mine! He is 3 years old and has to be the best dog I have ever met. I have never known much about the breed and now am in love and want more! Everywhere we go people stop us and comment about how beautiful he is and many share their own Aussie stories. This picture is of him sitting pretty on top of Mt. Washington in NH.

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Treasure Hunting

Do you hide Easter eggs around the house for your kids to find on Easter Sunday? This game is pretty much the same – you hide treats all over the house and let your dog sniff them out. It provides excellent mental stimulation. Just make sure you put treats in places you wouldn't want your dog to go digging when you aren't around.

There's a simple step-by-step process to make this game work:

1. Start off by getting your dog into the Sit-Stay position.

2. Put a treat down a couple of feet in front of her. Make her wait until you say your release word, then let her have it.

3. Keep doing this, putting the treat in different places around the room each time.

4. After you've done this a few times, start putting the treats out of sight so she has to find them – but for starters, let her see where you put it (in a closet, for example).

5. Finally, make her Stay and go completely out of her sight to hide the treat. Call her to you and let her hunt it out.

This game serves two important roles. Not only does it provide much-needed mental stimulation that helps prevent destructive chewing and other problem behaviors, but it also helps reinforce the Stay command in a safe environment. This helps give you confidence that your dog will Stay when you tell her to when you're out in public.

By the way, once you've played this game a few times, you can get rid of the treats altogether. You can turn it in to an old-fashioned hide and seek game where you hide and make her come find you.

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Dog Quote of the Week

"I had rather see the portrait of a dog that I know, than all the allegorical paintings they can show me in the world."

~ Samuel Johnson

 

 

 

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