Friday, October 31, 2014

Training or Not?



Hi Y’all!


Today I’m joining Slim Doggy, Emma from MyGBGV Life and To Dog With Love in Fit Dog Friday blog hop!

I’m also joining the Pet Parade Blog Hop hosted by Rascal and Rocco and co-hosted by Jan's Funny Farm, Basil the Bionic Cat, Barking from the Bayou, and Love is being Owned by a Husky!

And, since it’s the last Friday of the month…check out all the Halloween tales (or is it tails?)…


Most of y’all are celebrating Halloween…we live in a rural area and have never seen a “trick or treater”. 

Hope y’all have a ghostly good time!



Yesterday I promised y’all…“Check out my post tomorrow for more about recall training.”


Let’s go all the way back to when I first came to live with my Humans…One day I found myself in the long hall with a long rope attached to my collar…



My Human put me in a “sit, wait” at the end of the hall.  She walked to the other end.  Then she called me “here!” 


Then we moved outside…still with the “check cord” (rope) on my collar. 

"I knew there was no turning back now!"  Only going forward…


Molly The Wally comments…   

“Great catch up Hawk and now back to treats...??? Have a tremendous Thursday.
Best wishes Molly”


Yep treats…I got treats when I came “here”.  I still get treats when I “here”.  It didn’t take long for me to realize my Human could pull me back with that “check cord”. 



“my mom said, that's THE RIGHT way: you get paid for doing... and then she looked at moi... seems I have a problem, huh?”



No, you don’t have a problem…we’re retrievers…we love to retrieve stuff…the Humans have to pay up when we help them.  Humans work, why shouldn’t we?


Sometimes I think my Humans chose me because I was a retriever.  Retrievers work closely with their humans.


Now, there are “sight hounds” that chase anything that moves and “scent hounds” that will track anything ‘til they find it.  These breeds have a strong prey drive and may be less inclined to think of their human as a partner.

If they’re not careful they might catch a Goblin!!!




Then there are “another” kind of dog…BOL!!! All they need to do is “train the humans!”

Jerry E Beuterbaugh 

“Our training has expanded to include giving treats when one of us leaves the living room and then comes back. Trixie insists that the key is her intense stare-down while Grayson wants to believe that his Kung-Fu puppy spinning back-kick does the trick for treats. To be quite honest about it, we are helpless to resist either one. Sigh.”


How Sam Sees It  

“Our pups get treats for looking cute - we are suckers!
Monty and Harlow”


Unfortunately, my Human isn’t into “cute” or “eyes”…I have to train EVERY day.  My Human is big on “reinforcing” training.



Y’all come on back now!











  1. We think your parents must be very proud of you Hawk! You do very well at training and retrieving!! Happy Halloween!
    xo Chloe and LadyBug

  2. Great catch up Hawk. Now you might not get any trick or treaters but bet you have plenty of things that would spook us in the night. Have a fabulous Friday and Happy Halloween to you all and may your day be a frightening one in good way.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. Excellent way to teach recall! Have a great weekend and Happy Halloween.

  4. Happy Halloween. We have the opposite problem. Our neighborhood seems to be considered prime pickings by the local families so people drive from all over to stop here to trick or treat.

  5. Lots of pretty pics in your post today. The orange bumper is perfect for Halloween. My sisters and I can never seem to recall what recall is when Mom tries it on us :) More independent breeds at our house! Happy Halloween and thanks for joining the hop!

  6. Great summary of your week Hawk - hope you have a Happy Halloween!

  7. Looks like you're having tons of fun! Enjoy your day and Happy Halloween! ~Rascal and Rocco

  8. Harlow is getting better at her recalls. She gets to practice at agility and she really is coming along nicely.

    Monty always seems to know when he is off leash - he isn't food motivated at all and is a runner. We've given up on ever being able to trust him in an unfenced area.

    Happy Halloween!

    Monty and Harlow

  9. I'm with Sam's parents, to get treats for looking cute is fabulous... sadly my mom will not agree... Have a super spooky Howl-o-ween!

  10. I think it's great that your humans keep up on reinforcing your training, Hawk. We need to do better with our dogs when it comes to that; sometimes we get lazy which is not good!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  11. That is wonderful!
    Hope you had a safe Halloween!!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!