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Today, one of my dogs really impressed me. Not in agility, no competition of any sort, but doing housework.Kira trotting ... feet, then looked at me, slightly cocking her head as if to say 'Well, what do ya think about that?'

Okay, reading yesterday about Kira to Sassy and Spenser must have made some sort of impression on them. This morning, when I was stripping the bed to wash it all, Spenser took the blanket and started through the house and toward the laundry room with it. Sassy decided to help and they managed to drag it almost halfway to the cellar stairs.
Then, it appears that the effort fell apart in a disagreement as to which dog was to be in the lead. They negotiated it for a couple of minutes, each dog insisting that the corner he/she had was better qualified to go first. While they went off to make their decision based on a wrestle-off, I rescued the poor blanket.
But, hey, it's a start, right?

~~Judy
"Dogs are not our whole life, but
they make our lives whole." Roger Caras
Ha! They enjoy this as well. Especially Bodhi when I use it on his rump, top of the base of his tail. He loves it. Weird little bugger. Shelly & The Boys

Oho.
Now I have it. It *is* a Silly Black Dog thing. FCRs and Belgians. Who'd of thunk it?
But seriously:
I've admired Bodhi from a distance, and have noticed a physical similarity between your wolf-ish black, fuzzy, long-nosed dog, and my puppy-ish black, fuzzy, long-nosed dog. It sounds like they're both pretty goofy at times, too.
I think Belgians are beautiful... but under the skin, Storm and Bodhi would be Very, Very, Very different dogs, wouldn't they?
Kate
and Storm the FCR who is peering at her food dish, with the occasional sidelong glance at me. Must be time for brekkies.
But seriously: I've admired Bodhi from a distance, and have noticed a physical similarity between your wolf-ish black, fuzzy, long-nosed dog, and my puppy-ish black, fuzzy, long-nosed dog. It sounds like they're both pretty goofy at times, too.

VERY. From experience however, the goofiness gene runs much heavier in males than females. There are serious boy Belgians out there, but most I've met were nearly all over 5.
I think Belgians are beautiful... but under the skin, Storm and Bodhi would be Very, Very, Very different dogs, wouldn't they?

I would imagine mostly in the realm of protectiveness. Storm would probably say, "Hey there handsome stranger, would you care to come inside? Let me show you were Mom keeps all the shiny pretties!"
Bodhi would say, "Hey there stranger! This is MY house, MY Mom's house, and don't even THINK about stepping in here unless I know you first. After I get acquainted however, and you feed me, we can become good friends."
My dad had an FCR when I was a kid, and she was way more laid back than Bodhi could think of being. While I picture FCRs (and GSPs are another breed that come to mind) being very physically active, like a sort of frenetic kind of active.
In my experience Belgians are very mentally active, ALWAYS alert. Not quite "on guard", but close. They sleep with one eye open much of the time.
That's not to say FCRs are slow, or dimwitted, because I know that they're not. But, Belgians are reactive and fast in a way that I've only ever seen in few other breeds (primarily Aussies & BC's).
I love the FCR's playfulness, and joie de vivre. Belgians have that too, but
it can change gears really fast if they sense threat.
Kate and Storm the FCR who is peering at her food dish, with the occasional sidelong glance at me. Must be time for brekkies.

hehe, just an example of a difference. When it is meal time, I pick up the dishes & set them on the counter (Coda gets the urps if his food is too cold, I feed raw, so I will let them sit for about 15 minutes). Bodhi runs in and out and in and out and in and out of the kitchen in a circular fashion until I set them down (or distract him/put him in a down-stay/whatever). If it's later than usual for their meals, he will run in, stare at the dish, run to me and back & forth until I realize I need to put food in it. He's got an amazing internal clock. Shelly & The Boys
I love the FCR's playfulness, and joie de vivre.

Shelly - what a nice way to put that. Some people would call it crazed! ;-D

Franklin had missed 2 weeks of flyball practice due to his tumor surgery. Needless to say, he was totally revved last night! Not only had he been away for the 2 weeks, but Lucy went along as well - he gets more excited about anything when she's along. She hadn't run flyball since December and she was pretty happy too!
Janet Boss
http://bestfriendsdogobedience.com /
I love the FCR's playfulness, and joie de vivre.

Shelly - what a nice way to put that. Some people would call it crazed!;-D

hehehe...it's true though! Bodhi is still young, and full of that joie de vivre,
and there are times it drives me a bit batty. However, it's teaching me to learn new ways to train. I have to think with him.
Franklin had missed 2 weeks of flyball practice due to his tumor surgery. Needless to say, he was totally revved ... gets more excited about anything when she's along. She hadn't run flyball since December and she was pretty happy too!

;-) Does he get excited because she is getting a turn and he isn't? Or, is he just excited because she's all excited? My own guys really feed off from each other's enthusiasm and I have to seperate them if I want to accomplish anything resembling training!
Two weeks...I can't imagine (Glad he is okay, BTW!!)! Yesterday was agility class. I had taken my car in to have the brakes replaced and said, I have to have it done by 4 pm (I dropped it off before 8 a.m. & was assured
this was not a problem). I showed up at 4, and needless to say had to wait another hour plus. So...Bodhi went directly from being cooped up all day to a quick potty then to agility class. I explained to our situation to our
instructor, "Oh great! You can learn to harness his drive!" she said w/, I swear, was a slight hint of an evil chortle. He was a brat to begin with, but overall it turned out to be one of our better classes ever! He's a very fun dog. Makes me work hard, but he's worth it. :-) Shelly & The Boys
hehehe...it's true though! Bodhi is still young, and full of that joie de vivre, and there are times it drives me a bit batty. However, it's teaching me to learn new ways to train. I have to think with him.

Yup. Franklin will ALWAYS be young (acting at least!). He definitely presents more of a challenge than any other dog I've owned. He's very soft as well as very active and silly. Too harsh a word and shut down. It means being somewhat creative at times, and a little trial and error to find what works.

Take flyball. We started out with a Duckwoth or Goose runback toy. He was losing his brain and dropping the ball on the way back, just to get that toy, even if I had it well hidden. We switched to food (squeeze cheese) (partially to save my hand from being nailed in the toy grab) and he kept the ball. Every time I've tried to go back to a toy, we have the dropping. He was more excited about the toy though, and his run was better. He is excellent at holding the ball in the yard, while playing chuck-it. So, I started using a chuck-it (not throwing, just holding) a few weeks ago. Voila - a run back toy and he doesn't drop the ball!
;-) Does he get excited because she is getting a turn and he isn't? Or, is he just excited ... feed off from each other's enthusiasm and I have to seperate them if I want to accomplish anything resembling training!

I think they just like both of them being there to some extent. Lucy gets really agitated when I'm running Franklin (of course, at a tournament she can't see him). He's less so, but I think he just likes having her along. I think her leaving her crate and reappearing keeps him thinking. If I don't crate then next to each other at practice, Lucy wants to run over to his crate to check on him, on her run down the lane. Silly girl.
instructor, "Oh great! You can learn to harness his drive!" she said w/, I swear, was a slight hint of an evil chortle.

LOL - yeah - it;s a challenge!
He's a very fun dog. Makes me work hard, but he's worth it. :-) Shelly & The Boys

I feel the exact same way about my wild-thing!
Janet Boss
http://bestfriendsdogobedience.com /
He's a very fun dog. Makes me work hard, but he's worth it. :-) Shelly & The Boys

That pretty much describes Blade. He is a challenge but I enjoy the challenge. I wouldn't
have wanted it any other way. He has taught me so much. And given me so much in return.
Gwen
I would imagine mostly in the realm of protectiveness. Storm would probably say, "Hey there handsome stranger, would you care to come inside? Let me show you were Mom keeps all the shiny pretties!"

Heh.
We just finished a round of renovations (new bathroom). Storm can make quite a racket when someone comes to the door, so she has been coming to work with me and training at lunchtime for a crate break. One day, I believed that no-one was coming to the house, so I left Storm home.

I came back to find a freshly mudded and sanded wall upstairs and white, dusty handprints all over Miss Storm's coat. From the evidence left behind, she managed to explain quickly that she prefers pats on the chest. :-)
Some guard dog indeed.
I love the FCR's playfulness, and joie de vivre. Belgians have that too, but it can change gears really fast if they sense threat.

Joie de vivre. That's it.
Part of why I was so pleased with the hunt test photos (other thread) is that they show what she can be like when she's switched onto something that's in her blood. We may raise them as goofy pets, but when you show a retriever a dead duck sailing through the air, it snaps into working mode, and it's beautiful to see.

Kate and Storm DDX (Drywall Dog Excellent)
I came back to find a freshly mudded and sanded wall upstairs and white, dusty handprints all over Miss Storm's coat. From the evidence left behind, she managed to explain quickly that she prefers pats on the chest. :-) Some guard dog indeed.

hehehehe!
Part of why I was so pleased with the hunt test photos (other thread) is that they show what she ... show a retriever a dead duck sailing through the air, it snaps into working mode, and it's beautiful to see.

Exactly. Bodhi has that as well. He is so serious when we are herding. And, while he is silly & goofy at agility class, he is also all about doing his "job". Last night was funny, we were doing a series of jumps and as I'm giving him the "over" signal (hand out, pointing over), he's clearning the jump (set at 16") with about at least another foot to spare.
He was nose up, doing a treat check in my hand!
It's no wonder our instructor keeps telling me to stop flinging my arms so much while I give commands. He really watches my hands! Shelly & The Boys
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