Monday, April 18, 2011

Synchronized Sunday

Yesterday afternoon I decided it was finally time to take the young one under my paw and show him how to do things my way.

That's it ... put your right feet forward  and keep your left feet back.
Now put your left feet forward and keep your right feet back to match mine.

We practiced walking side by side for a while in our garden, and then we went for our very first car ride together.

I travel in my mobile kennel often as you can tell by all the fur on my travel mat. Up until now Enzo has traveled in this box (on the back seat with someone beside him when he was very young, then in his box in the back of the car). However I always think of the back of the car as my very own area, but on Sunday it was finally time for us to try travelling in the car at the same time to see if we could share the space.  

Good Enzo... sit up straight, put your tongue out.

Now look as cute as you can for anyone behind the car.
It might help if you opened your eyes though!  

Mum decided to keep his box in the car so I didn't use him as a cushion, but after a while she realised that we were OK together (as Enzo had climbed out of his box to be closer to me which meant that we shared an even smaller space and the box was empty) so she took the box away and we travelled happily side by side. He didn't even try to climb over the back seats to escape from me.

We went to a few different places, dropped the trailer off (being followed by a trailer didn't seem to bother him), saw some people and then headed to the park for our first walk together. Up until now I've been going for daily walks without him as my walks are on hard ground and I like to walk long distances.
At the park I reminded Enzo to always put his "best foot forward". I was very impressed that he managed to keep his tail to the same side as I held mine the whole time (mum thinks it had something to do with the wind but I know is it because I've taught him so well). His feet are perfect in the photos.

During our walk we saw a chicken and I resisted the temptation to chase it. Chasing chickens is not a good habit for a young  pup to learn - trust me on this as I had a foul experience the day before, with small black feathers left all over my dog bed, the neighbours cat nowhere to be seen and mum not sure exactly what to accuse me of.

Anyway I enjoyed my walk in the park with Enzo. It was short, but we spent about twenty minutes walking side by side (not obedience walking at "heal") without getting tangled up or tripping mum, although I do think she needs to sort out the length of my lead better so I can be head of the pack! 

Then another car ride, and back home to relax together in our "family  dog room"

Paws out front and left leg to the left side, right leg tucked under.

So what do you think - am I doing OK training my very own mini-me?

Lots of woofs,


Honey the Great Dane said...

Wow, Riley - I can't believe how fast your little brother is growing!! He's so luck he's got you to "show him the ropes"!

By the way, have you seen my new contest? I really hope you might give it a go! I know you've got fantastic energy and your human & you make such a great team (I've seen you guys in action, remember?) - so it would be wonderful if you would enter and show us how you have fun together!

Honey the Great Dane

MAXMOM IN SA said...

Oh Riley!
My mum is smiling from ear to ear. She could swallow a banana sideways! BOL! You guys look WONDERFUL together! You are a pawfect example of golden happiness!
I can see things are going very well and wow, Enzo is growing quickly. But you guys are truly beautiful! Truly beautiful!
Thank you for updating us. I know its hard for your mum when there are small pups in the house.
Lotsalicks to you and lotaluv to mum,

rottrover said...

Riley, you are doing a wonderful job of training Enzo! It looks like a huge job. And , we love your header picture!!

-Gizmo, Bart and Ruby

Anonymous said...

YOur doing a fantastic job training your little brother as a mini-me! He might not be your mini me for very long though - what happens if he gorws bigger than you?!

Licks and lots of slobber,
Lexi and Jasper the Danes

Homer said...

Hi Riley,

You are doing a good job of taking Enzo under your paw. BTW, were you planning to teach him how to do the 'Hokey Cokey'?


Asta said...

you awe the pawfect teachew
I think Enzo is vewy vewy lucky
smoochie kisses

Mrs. JP said...

Wow, you have a double for Riley. It's amazing how much they look alike. How did you get all those photos the same?
Have a happy Easter.

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Enzo is khwite the khwikhk learner!

Woo are one GReat teacher!


Asta said...

Hi wiley
I hope you and Enzo awe still pwacticing youw synchwonized walking and wunning and sneeping.
I hope the flowews gave you a good whiff of spwing
smoochie kisses

Bobby said...

You look so good together, I am sure you are teaching Enzo all the good habits.
Licks Bobby

Anya said...

LOVELY pictures
very cooooooooool :-)

Happy Easter to all from
Kareltje =^.^= Betsie >^.^<
Anya :)


Jacqueline said...

Such gorgeous, precious photos of you two handsome boys!!...Happy Easter, sweet friends...kisses x3...Calle, Halle, Sukki

Boondocks said...

You and Enzo sure know how to have fun!! WOOF!!

Berts Blog said...

Wow you guys are really good lookin together. And I know good loookin goldens when I see them.

Have Fun