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Murph Training XI: Murph’s Getting Steady


Written by: Eric Rickstad

Murph Steady

Murph sitting steady while the author tosses dummies and tennis balls around him.

photo by Tim Bronson

A couple of weeks ago I talked about Murph and putting his steadiness to sit and heel together on a single blind retrieve. Over the course of the last few days, I’ve been continually working Murph on his steadiness in every possible situation, but I want him to begin to understand what he’s here for. As I said before, at this point I don’t want to give him a bunch of retrieves for two reasons. One, his teeth are changing over, and two, I don’t want to get him hyped up on retrieving like I did with Pickett.

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Enter the “What’s your dog’s name and Why?” Contest!


Written by: Eric Rickstad

Orvis Cover Dog Contest - Jack
Jack takes it easy

Photo by Jennifer, Mansfield

Win a FREE Orvis Dog Bed with your dog’s help! We thought we’d have some fun with today’s Dog of the Day post with a contest. In the comments section below, leave your dog’s name and the reason for that name. Other visitors can can then “like” your comment by clicking the “thumbs up” next to it. The most thumbs up by 4 PM Friday, April 15, wins a FREE Orvis Dog Bed. Encourage your friends to vote for your dog! Have fun.

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Dog Lovers Pay Respects to Fallen Soldier and His Dog


Written by: Eric Rickstad

Soldier and Dog

Corporal Liam Tasker trains with his Military Working Dog, Theo
Photo from Ministry of Defence

This is a touching video and story about the love of dogs and the love of country. Dog lovers brought their pets in tow as they lined the streets of Wootton Bassett yesterday to pay their respects to an Army dog handler and his Springer spaniel who died in Afghanistan.

Hundreds of mourners lined the main street through the Wiltshire town to honour Lance Corporal Liam Tasker, of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, who was shot while on patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan on March 1.

The crowds were swelled by family pets and a dozen police and Prison Service dogs at the repatriation ceremony for the 26-year-old soldier, whose dog Theo died from a seizure three hours after his master was killed.

L/Cpl Tasker’s family said they believe the dog died from a broken heart.

As dog lovers, we all have touching stories we’ve experienced, seen, or read that involve dogs. Share your stories in the comments section and we’ll select some to use as blog posts to share with all our readers.

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Gibson the Sheepdog: Raising Thunder


Written by: Eric Rickstad

 

gibson stalks

Gibson stalks a rabbit


Raising a working border collie has been a non-stop education; not so much in dogs, but in people. When folks familiar with the breed run into Gibson and me, they have questions, because lovers of the breed are wary of poor matches. Do you understand what kind of dog this is? Does he have a job? Have you any experience with the breed? Do you work away from home? Do you have a second collie? What are you feeding him? They feel it is totally okay to ask strangers about their intentions and personal life when it comes to the dog. I find this both bemusing and somewhat creepy, but I always welcome the questions. They come from a good place.

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Murph Training X: Murph Finds the Water


Written by: Eric Rickstad

It’s cold up here, although spring is finally starting to show up. There is still ice in most of the ponds, and I’ve still got snow in the yard. I had no intention of even trying to introduce Murph to the water until it had warmed up significantly and the water temps weren’t just above freezing. I certainly didn’t want to give him an. . .

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