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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by ad6mly, Sep 11, 2019.


  1. ad6mly

    ad6mly PetForums Newbie

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    What kind of activities do you like doing with your dog?

    And for fun, what do you like doing when you're not with your dog?
     
  2. Twiggy

    Twiggy PetForums VIP

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    I like training them and compete in several dog sports which doesn't leave a lot of time for other past-times although I'm retired. I enjoy gardening and baking but the dogs are usually with me whatever I'm doing. I've got dog shows both days this week-end, meeting a friend for a long walk on Monday, followed by a two day agility camp on Tuesday and Wednesday and an agility show on Friday - I'm never bored....LOL
     
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    Living in Devon all we do is explore the countryside, go to dartmoor and visit the tors, forests and just following footpaths seeing where it will take us.

    If I'm not with my dog I'm either working or shopping.

    I don't really go out with friends much anymore, because all they want to do is drink (I'm in that age group lol) but it doesn't appeal to me anymore, I'd much prefer to spend the weekend with my dog visiting cool places instead of going out on a Friday night, and then hanging for the rest of the weekend.
     
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    We like walking, they love playing ball, training sessions. I run so train with and without the dogs. I am studying and working so that takes a lot of my time.
     
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    We do an obedience class weekly, rally o monthly. OH was doing canni cross weekly til he hurt his ankle.

    What i like doing best of all with my dogs is walking in forests and woods.

    When i am not with my dogs, you will usually find me in a restaurant, a theatre or cinema. Or cafe. Socialising with friends is one of my favourite things to do. And theatre. Love the theatre:)
     
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    ad6mly PetForums Newbie

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    Canni cross sounds really interesting, is it hard work?
     
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    tabelmabel PetForums VIP

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    It isnt me that does it! It is my husband. I think you just need to be able to run. Obviously, the faster you can run over longer distances, the better! I wouldnt be fit enough to do it, and my man isnt the fastest but he can do a few kilometres no problem.

    The dog gets to learn the directional commands. @Teddy-dog probably knows more about it than me, as her man is a lot faster with his running than mine:)
     
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    Burrowzig PetForums VIP

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    I do agility, and love the exhilaration of it and the co-operative bond with the dogs. They all love it too. Have done competitive obedience to a basic level but find it grindingly boring.
    Other non-dog things I like to do - dogs are usually along too just 'cos they're there - are botany and recording moths and butterflies, gardening (also my job), taking photos, making things in stained glass, sewing, spinning, knitting and weaving. I do shut the dogs away when I'm doing the glass, because of the splinters and fumes.
     
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    ad6mly PetForums Newbie

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    I better start going for jogs to build up my stamina then! I'm not the fittest either
     
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    ad6mly PetForums Newbie

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    Oh wow, would love to see some of your crafts, especially the stained glass! Very cool :)
     
  11. Teddy-dog

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    Haha I’m not sure how knowledgable we are - we mostly muddle along!

    My OH runs with Teds, but I’ve done a few bits of training with him (mostly getting him to pull etc). Teddy really loves it which helps as he just loves to run and once he’s in a race and chasing other dogs he pulls and pulls.
    If you want to do well at it you need to train yourself and the dog though! So my OH does a lot of gym stuff anyway but does a lot of running solo to get his fitness and his times up. Then he runs with Teds (not as often as I think he should but hey ho) as Teddy needs to be able to run and pull for a distance too! (Most of the races theyve done have been 5k but they’ve done one 7k and have an 8k next! We have a command for Teddy to start pulling which is ‘lets go!’ We start with ‘ready’ (gets his focus) and then ‘lets go’ which basically means go for it :Hilarious
    We taught him that in short bursts so that he was pulling pulling and then got rewarded/told he was a good boy. He kind of knows left/right but he’s just been learning that as he goes along. He does know ‘this way’ so if he goes in the wrong direction he can correct without having to drag him.

    But we basically started out with - human likes to run - dog likes to run - lets get the kit and see how it goes! All the events are really fun and really inclusive, whatever your level. OH is dead competitive but there are others that go more for the run with their dog than what position they come. And I think it’s really good to help you bond :D
     
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    We used to do obedience and agility but stopped just over a year ago when our trainer went to live in Budapest. It's a struggle finding suitable trainers over here as unfortunately most in my region are devotees of that man who shall be nameless.

    Since having Grisha who goes about everything like a bull in a china shop (can't help luvin his enthusiasm for life bless him) I've made a concerted effort to search for trainers ..... and ..... all being well, we're starting a "four legged helpers" course with a therapy dog trainer - the preliminary to therapy dog training. It's something I've been interested in for a long time.

    I trained Georgina and to a lesser degree Gwylim myself to "help" me over ditches and uneven ground etc, but it'll be nice to have some professional training and being a highly intelligent young man I think the white fing should learn quickly!
     
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    I love gardening, and it's more fun with canine assistance - Rocky really loves helping to dig.

    Rocky digs 2.jpg

    Currently really enjoying puppy classes with youngest dog - last week was focused on teaching pups to be aware what their back end is doing, and Maxey came home clearly full of thought, then decided to teach himself to tightrope-walk across the pond netting supports. Fell off, thought, rescued himself, then repeated until he could do it perfectly.
     
  14. Cleo38

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    I do IGP with my younger dog (previously called IPO & previously to that Schutzhund). It's a three phase sport consisting of: tracking, obedience & protection (bitework) so there is so much to learn & train as there is a lot to it. I love the sport, I love the learning about the different exercises, how to perfect the, how the dogs drive changes throughout .. fascinating! I do a lot of tracking & scentwork with my older dog as she's getting on now so it's a really great low impact activity for her but can still be quite challenging. When we are not training then the dogs love swimming … & I love watching them

    Tbh I don't have much spare time but when I do then I run a bit, bit of gardening, collect/clean animal skeletons/skulls & I read a lot … quite boring really :D
     
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