Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Friday, August 24, 2012

Lesson 132: Exercise, Discipline, Affection

I have been on a Dog Whisperer kick lately.

The joy of Hulu is that when you find a show you love you can watch the entire series :) I used to watch Cesar Millan when I lived at home but our dogs were pug lumps so the show was much more for entertainment than anything else. Plus the show keeps warning not to try his techniques at home....

Now that I have Rubert and Maximus I have been using some of the skills with them. Things are going to change in the Opfar household! (That sounds like something I have said before...)

Some new rules being enforces are not playing rough, they can't jump up unless you encourage them too, and they can't come on the couch unless invited.

My big "awesome!" moment came last night while walking my pooches. They were doing great until we came upon the local french bulldog (who is adorable and goes on jogs). Ruby does not mind other dogs but Max needs work. He was doing alright with walking next to me, but he started in with his whining and antsyness.

Cesar suggests using your foot on the opposite side the dog is on to give them a little nudge kick. (kind of like when you kick someone in the bum while walking next to them). I gave Max a small boot. It snapped him out of his attitude and he was fine the rest of the time walking by the other dog. It is called redirecting. :)

Oh! And we saw the smallest bunny I have every seen!!! Our neighborhood has lots of bunnies which I love love love! This bunny was about the size of my fist. It ran two laps around us, driving Ruby crazy and then hopped into a bush.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Lesson 131: New Dog Toys

People who create dog toys just get more clever everyday! Tyler and my newest find came from Costco. They were selling a three pack of these toys that were stuffed animal covers over a sturdy bouncy ball. It is the joy or a ball and the pleasure of a stuffed animal all wrapped into one! Amazing! Our dogs love all toys so this combination is amazing. If you have a dog who does not enjoy balls then this probably would be a pass. My favorite thing to do is bounce the balls like a basketball and have the dogs chase me around.

Here are Max and Ruby with the pig and frog.

We made our trip to Cabelas and here is us on the ride home. We got free matching Cabelas hats, oh yes we did. And of course I am making a doofy face....

Friday, August 17, 2012

Lesson 130: Officially converted to the bow

The Opfars are a family of hunters. One of their specialties... BOW HUNTING. Which I admit I think it pretty dang cool :) Last week all the boys got their bows out for a little target practice. They all have compound bows which are the intense bows with all the wheels and wires. This is kind of what Tyler's bow looks like....

I realized I am REDICULOUSLY weak in the arms and too terrified to try the compound bow for fear of snapping my arm and incurring a massive bruise (this has happened in the past).

My bow to shoot was Tyler's bow he received as a childhood birthday present. Kind of like this....

The only draw back was that it is a right handed bow.... Having not used a bow since high school PE I needed tons of instruction. After snapping my arm a few times I was getting kind of frustrated.... especially since the guys were having a competition to hit a soda can stuck on a target. On my second turn around though I hit the can dead center booyah! And now I am officially in love with archery. My neice Ellis says she is Merida from Brave, I prefer to be Katniss. We even get to take a trip to Cabelas and look at bows :)