How not to train your dog – Part one (with videos)

We’ve all seen them out and about, dogs that are hanging on every word their owner says as they trot obediently beside them as they walk. Or the dog that sits patiently outside the shop whilst their owner is inside buying some cider, sometimes not even on a leash!

I am pretty sure dogs don’t just do this of their own free will, I have a feeling some kind of training is involved. This is what I want, so this is what I will do. There are a lot of good Dog Obedience classes out there I am sure but hey, I have You Tube, I can train them myself.

Tommy has turned from the Dark Side in the last few months, plus he is a bit older, so I will give him his due that he already responds to most, well some – OK two of the commands I give him. But now we have Chase so I thought I would involve him in the training of Chase as a kind of refresher course. In my head this will end with them both  being superbly obedient and all three of us auditioning for Britains Got Talent as a man and dog dancing troupe. We will be called Dogversity.

So here go with Part One. Sitting, Staying and Catching. I will be honest it’s not gone great but Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Bathtime

 

I cannot get a minutes peace!

For anyone who read my last post and need further proof that you no longer have any time to yourself, see the video below.

I wish this was a one off but this happens every morning – and yes I am also in the bath. Tommy loves the bath, I would not mind but he not particularly smelly or dirty! I swear to God when he has had enough he pulls the plug and jumps out!

Watch the video in full and you get a sneak preview of Chase, not quite the water baby Tommy is but he will follow his big brother wherever he goes. He will get a proper introduction later on today via Webcam which is new to Tommyno which could quite easily go horrendously wrong so stay tuned for that.

This video comes from the Tommyno You Tube page which is now up and running and all videos of the little buggers will be available on this page. Just click the icon at the top of page or just click here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmacnZwY-kQIuXFqY0zfC7g?view_as=subscriber if you really can’t be bothered.

We love everyone that takes their time to read my posts on Tommyno but we also know that some of you have short attention spans and everything is very visual these days so I will be using the YouTube site more. So if you watch the video please be so kind as to subscribe to the Youtube Channel, like it, share it and continue to keep spreading the word about Tommyno (plus Chase).

Thank you and now I am off to bathe with my dogs… Please don’t judge me.

 

10 Ways kids and dogs are basically the same

Dogs and kids – the perfect ingredient for any family right? Some families just go with the kids and maybe pad it out a bit with the odd goldfish or gerbil. Others don’t bother with the kids and just have a few dogs and a social life.

The bold and the brave will go ‘full family’ and go with both kids and dogs. If T.V has taught us anything it is that any happy family requires an equal measure of canine and youngster to be complete. Would the Robinson family in Neighbours have overcome their many many obstacles without Bouncer to help them through the tough times? Would Johnny Briggs have gotten out of half the scrapes he found himself in without the help of Razzle?

Having both a child and a dog in your house seems like hard work but trust me, there is not a lot of difference between the two…

5 Fun Things To Do With Your Dog And Kids This Half Term

(But we can’t do any of them because both our dog and child are anti-social)

It’s that time of the school year again, Half Term. Only in England though, Wales has theirs next week. Why? Who knows? That time of year where parents are forced to take a weeks holiday that could have been put to better use in one of the warmer months. Maybe in April or May when you can be busy in the garden getting it ready for the summer, maybe even a cheeky extra week in August? But no, we are forced use up this precious week in February. It’s barely even a month! What is can you do in February beside catch up on box sets and start drinking at lunchtime.

Dachshund dog in a tie and sewing machine, tailor for dogsFashi
Who actually enjoys crafting?

What are you expected to do with a dog that is climbing the walls and a child that would be quite content to sit in front of the X Box all day. Something you would gladly let him do but you are compelled to go out and seek out wholesome activities spurred on by all the parents on Facebook taking their children walking up mountains, going to rock climbing centres and creating fabulous arts and craft projects at home.

Luckily I am on hand with 5 realistic activities that you could do with both child and dog if you are of a brave disposition and have nerves of steel. Of which I have little of either.

Baxters Page Is Now Live!

This Page is really important to me so please read it here. You should be warned it is pretty much a Tommy free zone though (unless you are tired of Tommy, surely not?). I should warn you it’s probably not as funny as my other posts (it is about a dead dog after all) but if you want to fully understand Tommy and I then you must read it.

So what are you waiting for go and check it out. You can also find it at the top of the Home Page.

And don’t forget to like and share and comment for everything. You are all doing very well with this but there is always room for improvement.