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.

Behind The Scenes At Tommyno

There are lots of exciting things happening at Tommyno over the next couple of weeks.

Baxter’s Page should be up and running this weekend and there are lots of mundane I need to do in the background to make this site awesome. Plus there are minor inconveniences that get in the way like work and having to patch up the bathroom floor.

So if you can’t wait for your next fix of Tommyno then here is a quick video of me trying to get Tommy to chew a valentines card on cue. He doesn’t take direction well.

Top 5 Ways To Ease The Guilt Of Leaving Your Dog At Home If You Work Full Time

Anybody that has met my wife will know that she would much rather be going for coffee, having her nails done or sat at home watching The Chase than go to work full time.

Unfortunately for her, with the combined added expense of having a rambunctious adolescent dog bounding around the house breaking everything in sight and a nine year old boy with an escalating Fortnight addiction, it meant taking the plunge and moving up from part time to full time work. Replacing the toilet rolls alone that Tommy has chewed is a staggering amount. He makes the Andrex puppy look like clumsy novice.

Top 5 Reasons For Neutering Your Dog

Tommy is looking at me with a very concerned look on his face.

“Do you think he knows” I ask Emma.

“Don’t be daft. He can’t possibly know. Although he does seem distracted. He’s not quite as focused on chewing my shoe as he normally is. Come to think of it he’s being very well behaved.”

Yeah, he knows alright.