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Dolores Cunha

This is the 'snapshot' of a lifetime. Hahaha... two of the fastest moving dogs on the planet… conjoined in a split second in time!

The front dog is my Brie, Almaxi's Brie's Whey. She is now 13… she was about 2 in this picture. She and Smoke, the Border Collie (half of the 'conjoined twins') are the same age, born the same month and year! The picture was taken at lake not far from Eugene where I live... and a place that Brie and Smoke think of as their property! They know every inch of ground... in the summer the lake is full and they would play in the water... in the winter it is drained and they ran and chased each other for hours... hunted for vermin in the tulle grasses... and then splashed in the freezing cold water that remain in the year round stream.

Smoke, the Border Collie, has a full tail but in this picture they are so perfectly aligned that you don't see Smoke's tail and it appears they have five legs and two heads! This picture has fooled a lot of people... for a while anyway... and it is my all time favorite as it captures my girl's zest for life and speed!

I hope you enjoy it... and makes you smile! Brie is the girl of my heart! She has been ruling my life for all her 13 years. I first held her when she was 9 days old. Brie's mother was owned by my High School Friend. Brie came to live and rule my life at 8 weeks. She is the most amazing girl ever.

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Excerpt #37

Teaching Your Dog to
Walk on Leash Cont'd

What To Do When This (Last Week's Excerpt) Doesn't Work

Walking on leash is one of the basic elements of training that owners very often have trouble with. It's difficult to teach. If your dog has trouble with it, there are a couple of options available to you to correct the problem.

1. Work more on getting your dog's attention.

This is a slightly "old school" technique, but it can be very effective for some dogs. With some Aussies, the training above will only work when the treats are on offer (if this is happening remember to use jackpots and random rewards first). If you can get your dog to walk nicely in the back yard but it all goes out the window when you get to the street, you need to develop her attention.

To do this, follow the same steps as described above, but forget about the treats. Instead, every time the dog tries to forge ahead by tugging on the leash, you change direction. This will force the dog to understand that she must pay attention to where you want to go, because you're making the decisions about where to walk.

2. Simply use a no-pull harness.

This is the easy but more expensive solution. You can buy harnesses that wrap around your dog which use a special mechanism to make it physically impossible for your dog to pull forward. Halti harnesses are a good choice.
If you get your dog to understand and consistently perform all of the above commands, you'll have a better behaved pet than 95% of Aussie owners out there. So that's a huge achievement on its own. These commands will be the ones you use most often around the house and when you're out walking on a daily basis.

There are a few less common but equally handy commands you can teach. We'll spend the rest of this chapter going over these.

Next time: The "In Your Crate" Command

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If a dog jumps in your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer.

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