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Stanley
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Posted -  14/10/2004  :  09:57
Jack is making a lot of friends in Barlick. I don't know why, maybe it's his face markings but people on the street feel the need to stroke him. Women in particular fall for him.

As you know, I had a bad experience with Joe, the lurcher from Irlam. I was very wary about taking another feral dog on but I'm beginning to think that Jack will make it as a member of the team. He's good at coming to hand when off the lead but I'm not saying he'd take any notice if he was distracted.

He's fast and very agile and seems to have lungs as big as a bucket, I haven't heard him pant as though he's out of breath even after a hard run. As for jumping, he's like a cat. Here he is on his favourite perch. Someone asked me the other day why I don't stop him doing it. It's easier to clean the drainer twice a day!


[This topic started as Jack's blog but in Jan 2008 I had to put him down because he started attacking strange dogs.  His successor is Black Jack. a Patterdale pup, no point erasing Jack the Lurcher from history....  he was a good dog and what happened wasn't his fault.  He had too bad a start.....]


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softsuvner
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Posted - 15/04/2009 : 17:02
It is over a week since Kilroy the retired greyhound came to stay, so a quick update may be of interest.

Still no problems on the housetraining front, K does seem to be a dog with an iron bladder. Getting him to empty out last thing at night is quite an effort. I don't yet have the skill to distinguish between howls: the one that says "I want my breakfast" and the other that says "I need a wee now!" So far I have erred on the side of caution, although it has meant rather too many 5 a.m. turn outs for my liking! A useful tip I found the other day, was to make sure that the dog sleeps in a well-curtained room - a sort of doggy black-out. Hopefully this means that he doesn't wake too early.

The "home alone" training is still progressing although I am probably too cautious. So far he has shown that he is fine for up to an hour. If I need longer I do have a couple of tricks up my sleeve to keep him occupied. Although I haven't used it yet, there is a toy called a "Kong" which is a large rubber chew with a place were you can conceal a small doggy treat. This apparently takes them a long time to extract and gives them plenty of chewing to work out any anxiety.

Mind you - not all of these high tech things work. If anybody is ever tempted to try and control where your dog pees in the garden using those yellow plastic "pee posts" supposedly impregnated with some hormone of other - dont bother, they don't work!.In my experience a far more effective way is to place an expensive motorcycle there and put a plastic cover over it - the dog will find it irresistable!!

The one real problem that I am still struggling with is his tendency to approach all other dog likes a rocket. He has no idea of how to socialise, never having seen anything other than a greyhound. I have taken advice from the kennel and am trying to calm him down. The worse thing is when he sees other dogs off the lead and goes bananas because he can't join them. You cannot let a retired racer off the lead except in totally closed areas. Certainly not for a long time yet anyway. After a few days of doggy shouting matches, I have suddenly realised that it is not just my dog, a lot of people are actually apologising to me for the behaviour of their mutts. A lot of dogs don't seem to be able to socialise, and many of them have a lot fewer excuses for their behavioiur than my boy. 

One of the strategies that I was proposing to use involved training the "look at me" method. This is where you train the dog to focus on you at times when you need to break his concentration on other things.
Initial attempts have not been that great, Kilroy has the concentration span of a gnat, and there are so many other interesting things to look at. Also the "irrestistable, yummy treats" that I purchased, weren't, not to my boy anyway!
I shall have to resort to cheese as a training tool, everybody says dogs can't resist it. Trouble is, I can't bear the stuff, never could, still, no worse than the contents of all those bags that I've been collectecting from the undergrowth!

I think that gradually K is settling down, and getting his paws under the table so to speak. Of course, I must aim to be number 1, the alpha male, the pack leader. If I am honest, at the moment, I suspect K views me, not quite a team leader yet, but more a relief manager with some funny ideas!

Malcolm  


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Stanley
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Posted - 15/04/2009 : 17:18
All sight dogs have this problem if you haven't had them from a pup. The way I got over it with Jack was, while he is on the lead, make him sit every time he sees another dog. Then if he's off the lead and sees another dog you can hopefully stop him by making him sit. In the end, after being attacked, this was where Jack failed control completely.


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Posted - 21/09/2009 : 16:16
There was a disaster last night, Jack managed to get his favourite yellow ball underneath the sideboard that carries the 1927 Pickles lathe and so it can't be moved. I got a soft ball out this morning to keep him amused until the pet shops opened and I could get him a hard ball.



Half an hour later, Jack 1, ball manufacturer nil. He now has a replacement hard yellow rubber ball so all is well.


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Posted - 22/09/2009 : 08:17
Your caption just reminded me of something I heard on the radio. Apparently Everton FC have opened a club shop in the new shopping preceint Liverpool 1. They've called it Everton 2 so that the postal address is Everton 2, Liverpool 1.  Nolic


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Gloria
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Posted - 22/09/2009 : 13:09
Ha ha loved that Nolic.


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Stanley
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Posted - 23/09/2009 : 09:04
Jack's stool after the ball was multi-coloured. No ill effects so far.


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Julie in Norfolk
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Posted - 23/09/2009 : 10:18
Images of a multi-coloured stool bouncing away from you, you chasing after it - bag in hand.


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Gloria
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Posted - 23/09/2009 : 21:19
lolol


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Stanley
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Posted - 24/09/2009 : 06:48
I didn't try bouncing them! Bit like the bloke who went to the doctor complaining about discomfort when passing water. Doc asked him if it burned and bloke said he hadn't tried setting light to it. (Sorry about that...)


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Anni
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Posted - 25/09/2009 : 00:30
Cheered me up that did LaughingLaughing


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Stanley
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Posted - 25/09/2009 : 07:08
The old ones are always the best Anni. Just as I was reading your post Jack bounced in from his lie-in under the duvet. The nice thing about this is that when he wakes up and realises I am not there he rushes downstairs to make sure he hasn't been abandoned forever. I get a wonderful greeting as though he hasn't seen me for a month! Lovely.


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Posted - 06/11/2009 : 06:12
Jack wasn't happy with the fireworks last night. Trembling mass for a while but he quietened down and it could have been worse. He is not bang-proof like Big Jack was. I gave him plenty of TLC.


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Posted - 06/11/2009 : 07:59
Doesn't bother Misty but she is so nervous of other things - people and dogs! Very few fireworks around this year. Didn't hear more than a dozen last night.
Hopefully the manufacturers have priced themselves out of the market - despite the best efforts of the spivs and supermarkets to sell bangers with the power of frag grenades at what I consider ridiculously low prices.   Nolic


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wendyf
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Posted - 06/11/2009 : 08:56
Nothing up here to worry the dogs last night, and only the odd sighting of a firework over Barlick.
 Its strange but Alfie will happily walk right past the Kelbrook gun club when there are guns firing one after the other only yards away, yet the sound of one distant firework, or early morning hunter shooting rabbits half a mile away, and he is a quivering wreck.
 There was a huge fire, which I thought at first was at the Fanny Grey, but it must have been lower down in the quarry.


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moh
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Posted - 06/11/2009 : 13:44
Hopefully the rain will deter more tonight, but the main bonfire in Burnley is Saturday night.  They used to be a one night thing, but now it is weeks.


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