July-ving and thriving Day 21: Dog Training

July-ving and thriving Day 21: Dog Training

Maya is now 18 months old which is crazy as it feels like only yesterday she was a tiny puppy and one of the things that I have absolutely loved doing with her is training πŸ™‚ She is a really well behaved dog when she wants to be and one of my goals for the month is to improve my dog training so I have compiled some of the training videos that I have of Maya πŸ™‚

Sit, Down and Stand

 

Paw– This is one that I absolutely love and definitely comes in handy when trying to put on her harness as you can just ask for her paw in order to slip the harness on πŸ™‚

 

Bed – This is a relatively new one for Maya and I think she has come on leaps and bounds since we first started learning it πŸ™‚ She can now go to her bed from about 6 steps away otherwise she gets distracted but we’re getting there πŸ™‚

Hold – This is a new trick that she has been learning where she has to hold an object in her mouth which I’m hoping I will be able to expand into a fetch/retrieve πŸ™‚

Stay- Maya can stand, sit and down stay and I would say stand stay is her worst one because we have only just started learning it however with a down stay she will stay there for around 4 minutes without moving πŸ™‚

Leave– Maya is not very food orientated so leaving food isn’t too much of a chore for her however making her leave a toy in the middle of a game is a struggle because she is always wanting to play!

Touch– I use touch for Maya to mean that she has to touch her nose to my hand and Maya learnt touch relatively early on and it has come in really handy with learning heel-work πŸ™‚

Twist + Spin- Twist and spin was again something Maya learnt relatively early on pretty much straight after Sit and Down and it has always been one of my favourites πŸ™‚ I usually do it near the start of a training session to get her excited and motivated πŸ™‚

 

Maya also knows Middle where she will run to the middle of your legs, heel-work + close where she will stay close to you while you walk or go to the heel-work position and is learning weave where she will weave in-between your legs and tunnel where she goes through an agility tunnel πŸ™‚

Let me know in the comments if you have a dog and some of the tricks they can do ❀

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Week 5 of working from home :)

Week 5 of working from home :)

This week has been a bit of a weird one- I’ve had a few really nice days but Thursday I was feeling really down and I’m not really sure why 😦 I also did some really nice things this week though which I’m going to talk about in this post πŸ™‚ I set up an obstacle course for Maya with Weave poles and her tunnel which she thoroughly enjoyed!! I then did a Disney Channel Original Movies song bingo with my two best friends Hannah and Anna which was so much fun!! Hannah and I drew at Bingo as we both had the same song as the last one on our card!! I then did the 2.6 challenge with Maya surrounding her with 26 treats which was the ultimate test of self control! Following on from the Disney Channel Original Movie bingo I decided to sit down and watch Lemonade Mouth and also the Disney fireworks on Youtube πŸ™‚ I then received a little surprise in the mail from my best friend Barghavi ❀ She had sent me some flowers, chocolate and also a little toy Pascal because he is from one of my favourite Disney movies Tangled πŸ™‚ Finally I did a Disney Movie Bingo with Barghavi, had a bubble bath and watched Lilo and Stitch and The Princess and the Frog πŸ™‚

 

Let me know in the comments what you have been up to this week πŸ™‚

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Week 2 of working from home :)

Week 2 of working from home :)

My second week of Working from home has been a lot of fun again πŸ™‚ Working from home with a puppy is always fun and due to the nice weather its been amazing as I have spent basically the whole week out in my garden with her running around chasing toys and birds (she never catches them don’t worry <3) We have had two bbqs this week which has been so much fun (obviously only with the people in our house <3). Its also Easter weekend so the Easter bunny dropped off some lovely Easter eggs and I even went for a run!!! πŸ™‚Β 

Let me know in the comments what you have been up to this week πŸ™‚Β 

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Working from home with a puppy!

Working from home with a puppy!

Over the past week I have been working from home due to the current situation so I thought I would make a blog post/photo stream of how its been the past week working from home with a 1 year old Collie for company πŸ˜› She has a lot of energy and is also very clingy so its been a lot of fun πŸ™‚

Let me know in the comments if you have been working from home with your pet and if you can please put a picture of your pets in the comments πŸ™‚

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Mayas first Christmas :)

Mayas first Christmas :)

As you can see from the image this will be Mayas first Christmas and she has already started with some of the Christmas traditions πŸ™‚ We got her a Christmas Advent Calendar which after she started to understand what it was she now gets very excited whenever she sees it πŸ™‚ She also got a very early Christmas present which was an agility tunnel- I want to start doing some agility classes with her in the New Year so we decided to start with a tunnel πŸ™‚ While wrapping up her Christmas presents of which she has many (more than anyone else in the house :P) she was very confused as to why she couldn’t play with the toys now and was barking at me through the door.

She was very interested at first in the Christmas tree but is now completely used it and pays no attention to it πŸ™‚ I am so excited for her to get her presents and enjoy the day with us πŸ™‚

Let me know in the comments what you did for your pets first Christmas πŸ™‚

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Festive Photoshoot ideas

Festive Photoshoot ideas
  1. Festive photo shoot for your pet- I actually had a little Christmas photoshoot with my dog a few days ago which was so much fun πŸ’• she absolutely loves it because she gets lots of fuss and treats and has worn a harness to walk since she was little so she’s used to it πŸ’•Winter Wonderland 😊- I absolutely love Winter Wonderland and have been there every year for the past 4 years! Every time I go I always have to have a photoshoot with the arches and have some churros 😍 it’s the perfect place for a festive photoshoot 😊Kew Gardens- Kew Gardens has a light walk this year which I went to with my friend Hannah which was so much fun and the perfect opportunity for a festive photoshoot 😊
  2. London Zoo- For the last few years London Zoo have had an annual light trail which looks absolutely amazing and the perfect place for a festive photoshoot πŸ’•. I personally have never been but I have always wanted to as I absolutely love London Zoo having volunteered there for 8 weeks a few years ago πŸ’•Ice rink at the Natural History Museum- I went to the Natural History Museum with a few of my uni friends a few years ago and it was so much fun! It is also absolutely gorgeous! I am a terrible Ice Skater however I really enjoy it and always have a laugh! 

Let me know in the comments where you would go for a festive photoshoot and what you would do πŸ™‚

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Furry Friend Tag- Maya :)

Furry Friend Tag- Maya :)
  1. What is your pet’s name?-Β  Maya πŸ™‚
  2. How did you come up with the name, does it have any specific significance?- It was actually my mum who came up with the name Maya πŸ™‚ We were brainstorming names and came up with Darcy, Maya or Esme and eventually decided on Maya πŸ™‚
  3. How old is your pet? 13 weeks today πŸ™‚
  4. When did you get your pet? March 29th 2019
  5. What breed is your pet? She’s a Border Collie πŸ™‚
  6. How old were you when you got your pet? 21
  7. How did you get your pet? One of my Aunts dogs had puppies and we kept going round to see them and fell in love with Maya πŸ™‚
  8. What is your pets’ favorite food? She has Millies and Wolfheart dry food and then her favourite treats are Liver Cake and Chicken πŸ™‚
  9. What is your pet’s favourite game? Fetch- because she’s a border collie she has a lot of energy so she loves chasing the ball in the garden πŸ™‚
  10. Do you go outdoors? If yes, where is your favorite place to go together?- She’s actually not allowed out yet because she’s so young but we can start taking her for walks next Thursday πŸ™‚
  11. What is the funniest memory involving your pet? Her chasing bubbles out in the garden πŸ™‚
  12. Does your pet have a nickname and what is it? Baba or MyMy
  13. Does your pet know any tricks?Β  She knows Sit, Down, Twist, Spin and Touch where she touches her nose to your hand πŸ™‚ She’s starting to learn Wait and Stay at the moment and we’re still working on her recall and getting her to drop her toys when we want her to πŸ™‚

Let me know in the comments if you have a pet and if there’s anything else you want to know about Maya πŸ™‚

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