Archive for February, 2010

Fun dog-sports



Dog frisbee:

Dog frisbee 2:


Dog Soccer team:


Treibball 1:

Treibball 2:

Treibball 3:

Retrieving articles by name:

Clicker Challenge:

Clicker Challenge 2:

Fun-Show: Controll 1:

Controll 2 and counting terrier:

The sheltie and the coin trick:


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Obedience styles from 1933 to present days and Continental vs. British

So which is YOUR favorite style:

1.) Canine Freestyle:  Tina Humphrey Crufts 2009:

Funny circus routines using Obedience moves and individual tricks set to music

2.) Heelwork to music: Mary Ray Crufts 2009:

With a little more focus on heelwork instead of tricks and stunts

3.) Continental Canine Freestyle 2008:

4.) World Championship 2009: 1st place:

5.) World Championship 2009: Golden Retriever on 2.nd place:

6.) British style Obedience at Crufts 2008:

Hand held close to body, dog works so close to the leg that you can`t see the light between the dog and the leg of his handler, high action of dog`s front paws is desirable

7.) Continental style (Italian) Obedience 2006:

All the exercises of the highest clas of Continental Obedience: handler`s hands must swing “naturally” beside body, directional sendaways and retrieve

8.) German Schutzhund Obedience 2004: maximum energy, less focus on exactness:

Historical footage:

9.) DDR Championship 1973: at least one German Shepherd is starting to look like he likes working for his master (even though you can see how the stops were trained!) The military roots of this training are still obvious with exercises like high wall jumps and crawling.

10.) 1933 Dutch police dogs, nothing at all that we would call exact heelwork today, only what is needed for getting the work done.

P.S.: I hasten to add that I own no rights to any of those
You-Tube-clips. I`m just guessing that whoever put them on You-Tube won`t mind my spreading them. If you look at the films you will find the copyright owners, who have all the credit. In case anyone of the owners minds my posting their clip in my blog, please don`t hesitate to contact me and I`ll take it off immediately!

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Growing into small dogs

The first puppy video: The puppies were waiting for Julie to get in to them. Their chirping inspired Freni and Flyte, so they wanted to have a look, too! But Julie doesnt appreciate them looking at her babies too closely, yet!!  😉

Far from being blind little guinea-pigs any more the puppies are growing into small dogs now! 😉

They have been started on a new menu that they like a lot:  beef tartare in milk



They have also started playing and interacting: here Gillian and Guinness

Gina and Gillian



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The puppies can walk and see!!

Gordon und Gina

Gillian in front of Gael

Softie Glen

proud Gordon

Guinness is quite good at walking (as are Gordon an Gillian)

lots of practice helps!


above: Gordon, Gina, below: Guinness

The puppies are two weeks old now. They have opened their eyes and are happily practicing their walking skills!

Today they have been de-wormed for the first time. As they are very obedient puppies de-worming was no problem at all. All in all they are little angels, all of them: nice, contented and happy. It seems that Julie has very good milk, too, as they are gaining weight very well and dont seem hungry.

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Spring is coming!! Last Obedience-session in the snow!!!

The snow is vanishing rapidly now! We had a rare two months of solid snow even in Vienna.  But finally the temperature has risen to 7 degrees above zero and the snow is going fast!!

This is our walk-in-the woods-training: group exercises like heelworking around collegues in sit-stay-position.

Here is little Flyte. (Lightspeed Fire Flyte)

And Freni is very good at the Obedience-exercises, if she manages to concentrate!!

Working mom Julie had a go, too! But she is so hungry and greedy she nearly cant think straight! 🙂

European Sendaway into the “box”. Bandit the Groenendael made a huge step forwards today and managed the complete class 3-sendaway, where he’s sent to a cone first and to the box afterwards! Hurray!!!

And little Flytie: working very enthusiastically. 🙂

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Happy puppies

Julie is the most wonderful, caring and loving mother



Gillian and Guinness

Gillian was also the first one to start opening her eyes! At only 9 days of age! She is one of the tricolors, and in the right light you can see the tan on her cheeks.


Glen is showing more and more tan on the legs and the cheeks.

Guinness showing off his black spot

This is Gina, who also has a spotted tummy!

The three black spots are: Guinness, Gina and Gael!!



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puppy pictures

Julie’s puppies are doing great and Julie is a wonderful mother, who takes very good care of them.

All the puppies are promised to excellent working homes, I am happy to say!

Happily group-cuddling!

Four of the puppies look like mother Julie: Nr 3, 4, 5 and 6

These two puppies, a girl and a boy, look like father Joe:  Nr. 1 and Nr. 2

Nr.1: tricolor boy, Lightspeed Glenfiddich, will stay in Vienna

nice face-markings, half-white collar, dark body

Nr. 2: quite dark black/white bitch, Lightspeed Gaelic Storm, will move to Switzerland to her half-brother Free Spirit,

Nr. 3: black/white boy, Lightspeed Gordon, will move to “Guldenland”,

white-factored, white spot on right hip, white knees

Nr. 4, black/white boy, Lightspeed Guinness, will move to Germany,

white-factored, full white collar, white knees

Nr.5: black/white bitch, Lightspeed Guineveere will stay with Wolfgang and the Lightspeeds,

white collar, no white-factor 


Nr. 6: tricolor bitch, Lightspeed Gillian will move to Germany,

white-factored, white knees, funny face-markings

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