EGDF Conference 2019

As a supporter member of European Guide Dog Federation it was clear I have a possibility to participate on conferences. Still I was astonishingly surprised when I got the inviting e-mail. I.Am.Invited.By.Name. No doubt I will attend, anywhere it is going to be held! So…where? Tallinn, Estonia? Amazing, I’ve never been there, so let’s fly!……

European Guide Dog Federation membership

I’ve just learned that not only companies/ foundations but single individuals may ask for membership at EGDF. So why on Earth I wouldn’t join? I might win Certificate of membership Regular newsletters Eligible to participate in conferences and seminars organised by EGDF Eligible for membership of working groups Help and assistance from the organisation, as…

Hit the road Jack

“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mansheltiekind.” Ardbeg’s breeder, Jutka has asked me the other day to join her on a journey to the Czech Republic. The aim was to buy a new male puppy, the father of next years’ litters – Magic Sparks of the Tempest, also known as…

Should I leash my dog?

A very usable and even funny flowchart that helps to figure whether to leash your dog or not. Hungarian translation has happened by me. Also avaliable in Chinese, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Korean, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese and Squid. http://www.shouldileashmydog.com/the-flowchart.html

Cat training

Cats are able to do tricks! Or at least Copper can. Okay, my nephew confessed it took three months to teach the beast sit and wait, but it’s more than respectful anyway. Indeed, because cats are lone rangers, they never hunt in pack. Mating is pretty much the only season they encounter, therefore they are not forced to communicate to…

Praise

Your dog may be obedient but still unhappy if you always give orders without rewarding the expected behavior. Why is that? He’s the dog, he has born to obey, hasn’t he? Not really. They are sensitive beings, need positive reinforcement too, not just punishing. Owners tend to forget praising, as „being a good dog” would…

Treats

Desirable: juicy tasty favorite special yummy bite-sized Not a good choice: dry food, kibble dry pieces (may cough on them), i.e. cookies too spicy, salty (will be thirsty soon) ordinary too big pieces (takes lot of time to chew on and will be satiated soon) too small pieces (cannot feel there is something in his…

Recall

Do: always call him with his name AND the cue word „come!”. If you repeat only his name, he still won’t know what to do. (Rusty-rusty-rustyyy! yeah it’s me but what do you want from me?) use a high-pitched, playful tone, he’ll listen to you more calling and arriving always has to be a good…