Dylan's Blog – Feb

Dylan’s first snow! And we’ve had a lot more of it that expected. Not quite as bad as Wales or the Southern counties, but still a couple of inches more than we were predicted to have. Anyway, Dylan has had a fantastic time playing with the girls and generally being loopy, and he also thought this morning would be an excellent time to go chasing the ducks. So he came back from his walk dripping wet as he swum right out into the center of the res after the ducks, despite the water being absolutely freezing. He didn’t seem bothered though! Dyl was very chuffed with himself, and luckily he didn’t get cold.

Obviously because of the weather, any outdoor training is a bit difficult! So I’ve been working on his tricks again, and this week we’ve almost mastered Speak (bark on command) and Stand-up (on hind legs), and he’s doing Back (backing up) really nicely now too. I can see why people get so hooked on having collies; they really do have a lot of enthusiasm for whatever you ask them to do.

Dylan might be coming to the flyball competition tomorrow with us (providing it the snow clears up!) but he might also not, since it depends on how we fit the box into the car. Due to a whole bunch of unforseen circumstances, my mum has ended up being team captain for tomorrow, and so we have to take the box, the balls, myself, my mum, K & Poppy, Kim & Mollie down to Newark. Unfortunately there might not be room for Dylan! He will definitely be coming to EMDAC with us next week though, and probably to Newton Heath the week after.

On a somewhat unrelated note, I have been completely caught up watching Dare (Altricia Wishing Silver at Borderstorm AW) on her webcam, waiting to see if the latest litter of Borderstorms have arrived yet! Very sad, but we’ve been following Dare’s Puppy Blog since her last litter in 2006, and it looks like she’s got a lot of people wondering what she’s going to come up with this time! From the number of hits on the webcam, it looks like I’m not the only one being nosy …

Dylan's Blog

I’ve decided to start a blog for Dylan. Dylan is a 5 month old Working Sheepdog puppy, my first proper Collie dog and my first dog bought with the intention of doing agility and flyball in the future. That doesn’t make him any less loved, of course, nor is he missing out on his puppyhood. At the moment he does 10 or 15 minutes of training a day, currently just basic commands. At the moment he knows sit, down, paw, heel, recalls, fetch and has a nice present and finish. Then we have 5 or 10 minutes of what I tend to call “flyball training”, although it’s equally as good for just letting us play by ourselves without the girls for a while.

Flyball training, by the way, consists of one puppy, one tennis ball, one tuggy and me. I chuck the ball across the garden and Dylan bombs after it, currently without much co-ordination but lots of mad enthusiasm. He has to fetch the ball back to me, and then he gets to play with his tuggy. The tuggy is always the reward and I never keep going for too long with him. He’s already got a fair turn of speed, but he’s also a very lanky boy. Patch, Dylan’s dad, is a big collie and has had some injury trouble from starting to run off the box at a) too young, and b) with a slammer’s turn. Because he’s going to be such a big dog, I’m going to do low jumps etc with him at 12 months, both for agility and flyball, but the box will have to wait until next winter. That’s a long time, I know, and some dogs would probably have been competing in Starters by the time that Dyl learns the ropes, but I’m in no rush and neither is he.