Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Clowns/ George Brown

5 comments:

Karen Glenn said...

This picture is priceless. We still can't get 2 of our dogs to sit still even like this, for a picture...Rebecca, what is the secret? And, also just what all animals did you work with in the Circus and what years?

Rebecca said...

Karen I trained my show dogs to do the set [three min required] and the down [five min required] I used a kitchen timer and set them for two extra mins. The dogs would wait for the timer to go off. There are no timers at the dog shows so they would stay until I went to release them They.had to do this out of sight. I have a tape of the three, Noel Holly, my poodle. Suener, my mix and Peisha my lh black and tan Dashound setting behind plates of cake and ice cream for one of their birthday partys. As I was tapeing and gave the command OK, they did not budge, I had to go and stand beside each one and give the OK before they would take a bite. I was amazed. and so were the party guest. I would take them to the lumber company. pet mart etc and do the sets and stays. I would go to another isle out of sight and the little dolls did perfect. Even when the employees worked around them. I did this because when I first started competeing I trained in the living room on carpet. Got to the show and my little darling would not set on the cold floor. I blew my intree fees. Its a lot of fun and they always made me proud and always winning. Peisha is the only one still with me and she is 16 years old.

Rebecca said...

I have found the reason there are not more well trained house pets is that training is very very boreing unless you love it. The only way a pet learns is REPEAT REPEAT REPEAT every day for as many days as it takes
. No longer then 15 min a session Your mixed breeds are the easiest to train. I train agility now as it is not as boreing to the pets and a lot of fun. They learn the same commands.

Karen Glenn said...

Rebecca, that is so Awesome! I would love to see that. So, you did dog shows as well as Circus stuff?? I would like to hear more stories. Would you consider sending me your email address? I would love to know your whole Circus background, animals you worked, trained, etc. As well as what you do now with the Animal Hospice, which is wonderful. We have 8 mixed breeds that we have rescued, that were either abandoned or abused or about to be put to sleep. All are house dogs too! LOL Our oldest three are 16, 11, 11. Thanks for sharing your stories. Karen

Rebecca said...

Karen this is funny I had just ask Buckles to send you my E-mail address.