Got the footage this afternoon of Henry and his little sidekick Treacle chasing him and generally terrorizing him. I loaded the children and dogs Henry, Treacle, Millie and Dolly up in the car and headed over to a lovely wood near us which is Forestry Commission woodland, so open to the public.
Keep the volume down as you will also hear me whistling without a whistle to recall Henry and call him verbally. Henry is now six months old and Treacle is around five months old, they happily coped with this two and a half mile walk, which took with the children about an hour and a half to do. I really enjoy watching dogs running free and its the joy they get from this freedom which is the most enjoyable to see.
Some photos below of the walk through the woods and a couple of the dogs and me at home with one of Henry removing a ball from my mouth. All our dogs will on command gently remove or recceive food from our mouths. I have never had a problem with a dog licking my face and I do know the foul things they eat but they don't get tummy bugs like we do if a healthy robust dog, so I guess their lick probably does more good than bad and I beleive its an important bonding to allow a dog controlled and mannerly access to your face from being a puppy. All our pups will try with me the licking of the mouth to produce regurgitation as they try with Mum (as they get older licking of the corner of the mouth is seen more as a submissive gesture) and I will oblige them from time to time by having a treat for them between my teeth or even produce some mouth saliva for them to lick (I probably have just grossed most out with that) but this for me is part of the imprint process of the human on the dogs psyche.
I'm not the only one who adopts this method, as a few years ago my brother-in -law decided to get a new herding dog for his farm and instead of going for another Border collie he decided on looking at the Australian Kelpie which is apparently as much at home with cattle as sheep, so with him reducing his sheep and increasing the dairy side of the farm this dog looked an ideal choice. When he got his young dog which was partly trained the breeder who was also the trainer told him, "If you spit in a dogs mouth, he will work for you and will be loyal to you." On getting the young dog home my brother-in -law let the dog lick his mouth and produced saliva for him and the dog did work well and he was loyal. I believe there is a few Kelpie cross Border Collies around his way now due to the noted prowess of this dogs working ability, just like the landraces of old because farmers just want the dogs to help get the work done and aestetics mean little in the pouring rain and you just want those sheep inside quickly.
Hope I've not grossed to many out with tonights blog but if you want your dog to be close to you, you will need to get close to them to allow this to happen, so get puckering. Lol.
I'm just going to put a warning. What I do is not kissing in a human way or forcing of the dog to take or remove things from your mouth and if your dog has not had this process adopted with them as a pup they may not wish to start doing it now.
Lastly I would like to say, "Henry does look a handsome chap with a tail." Why this breed of pointer is docked is questionable, especially as most would consider they have a good tail (unlike the Poodle breeders who's constant gripe with the Poodle is they have not been breeding for tails, so the dogs don't have good tails and that's why they would like to still be able to hack this limb off still), its also not because they might damage the tail, as if this was the case all pointer breeds would have docked tails and they don't. As I see it it seems its done just to make the dog look more cobby, as the breed standard decrees but I think Henry's happy looking long and not so cobby.
As you can guess I don't agree with docking and breeding tailless dogs or surgically making a dogs ears pricked. If the tail was such an encumbrance for a working dog, would we not see this reflected in wild canids such as wolves, who live a much more harder life and hunt everything they eat. If we apply the ideology of people who believe docking is a plus for a working dog, most wolves would be walking around with damaged or no tails, especially if evolution proved it was an advantage to be tailless, but being social is an evolution plus and having a tail enables a canid to communicate better than without a tail, so a tail is an evolutionary plus for a canid and I also believe this for the canid breed domestic dog. Yes, I believe the breed is Domestic dogs and the so called breeds are variants of the domestic dog and unfortunately for the dog, some think closing off gene pools and breeding severe exaggerations into a dog is beneficial to the domestic dog but as evolution shows us reducing individuals below 100 in a gene pool (most if not all purebreeds are below 80 individuals in their gene pool) and breeding for exaggeration you ain't going to be around for the long haul. Its breeding for the now not for the dogs future.
An interesting article to read about genetic variation can be found at this link : http://www.pawpeds.com/pawacademy/general/naturalprotection/
This website has some very interesting articles on genetics and breeding in general and is worth a look around for the aspiring breeder or prospective puppy owner.
This was going to be a quick blog but then turned into a long rant. Lol.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me with The Poundlane Mommas March 2018
Hello, I am Jane, you might of guessed, I love dogs. We are situated in the North Devon countryside, England, United Kingdom. Our home is occupied by my husband, David, our children, pack of dogs and me.