Friday, January 22, 2010

Just a Couple of New Tricks in the Making...

Things are picking up at Barkingham Palace. The illness that has been with me since late November has just about gone, thanks to new medication. For the record, it turns out that I probably had swine flu in Nov/Dec (though I thought it was just a bad cold) which left me with something called GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). I don't recommend it! However, I'm very firmly on the mend and that means that training Ellie is picking up again.

Inspired by Silvia Trkman's newest video, I've been knuckling down for the past couple of days and teaching Ellie to tap at the keyboard and wipe the floor. The video at the start of this entry shows progress as of day two. She seems to have really found her mojo again and is being so responsive to training!

We've also been training with my friend, Lucy, and her three dogs, Ash, Indie, and Trent. We've been putting a video together, but weather has prevented us from getting it finalised for this weekend as we had hoped. You may need to wait another week or so now to see that it in all its glory. It's going to be a good 'un!

Enjoy the video, and Silvia's video link is also well worth a watch, as always!


Sare said...

That's really cute. Fun to see the ones that are a work in progress too instead of just the perfect finished ones. Go Ellie!

The Dog Man said...

Thanks, Sare. I agree that seeing the 'works in progress' can be huge fun sometimes.

Just been reading your blog - I think it's the first time I've seen a plank installed indoors! :)

achieve1dream said...

I love how she carries the shoes by their laces. So cute! Great video. I enjoyed seeing her new tricks (and Sylvia's too). Keep up the good work.

Oh and I'm glad you're feeling better.