#MultiPetMania ~Nothing But Norman #99

Happy Saturday All!

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Tomorrow is John’s Birthday so I thought I would post up some photo’s of Norman with John. John got his first Chesapeake when he was 16 years old, he trained him to hunt all by himself and when I met John and hunted with them John would tell me that Bear was the best hunting dog he could ever have until we got Norman. John’s feelings changed and he then said that Norman was the dog of a lifetime and he will never have another hunting pal like he had with Norman. I feel the same way but I must admit his son Gambler is growing on me and I’m falling for him just like I fell for Norman.

Special

Once in a lifetime, a special pet,
Comes your way, and your heart is set.
A strong connection you feel is deep,
You know instantly, this one you’ll keep.

Something mysterious from the start,
This wonderful pet, has stolen your heart.
Over time together you grow,
No need for words, a look and you know.

When you feel sad or even pain,
You’re not alone, your pet feels the same.
This bond and love, both of you share,
Nothing short, of a magical prayer.

by AnitaPoems.com

This weeks #MultiplePetMania blog post theme is Multiple Pet Training. Here at Sand Spring we train multiple pets all the time since we have 3 Chesapeakes and sometimes I guess we train the cat. There are times in our training sessions that we need to train multiple pets at the same time. We do this because in hunt test situations you will have two dogs competing at the same time on the same test. They both won’t be running at the same time but they both will be watching the ducks go down at the same time and will need to sit there and not move. This type of situation would be called a honor for the one dog that already ran the test and needs to sit there and honor the running dog. The running dog watches the marks go down and is released on the bird, after the running dog is released the honor dog is released to go back to the truck. This can be a very difficult situation to train for since the dogs are hunting dogs and retrievers and they both usually want the birds. It takes many obedience lessons and continued training to keep your dog steady. This type of scenario is very helpful and used in real hunting situations to. As you can see from the above photo John is hunting geese in the wheat field. He is hunting with Glory but Norman decided to go sit by him. Both dogs need to lay in the field and not move until one of them is told to go make the retrieve.

June is Multiple Pets Mania month, if you haven’t seen or heard about this you can read all about it by clicking here. The co-hosts for this month long event are: Wag ‘N Woof Pets Cascadian Nomads and MyGBGVLife. There are reviews, giveaways, and a photo contest. You can enter the first giveaway for a $50 gift certificate to a fun online pet gift store, just click here (first giveaway is open through next Monday). Also be sure to fill out our Multiple Pets Survey.

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13 thoughts on “#MultiPetMania ~Nothing But Norman #99

  1. I just LOVE that photo of John in the field with Glory and Norman. You definitely know a lot about training multiple pets! Thanks so much for joining the hop and for sharing all the info about MultiPetMania.
    I love that poem too. Each pet is special, but sometimes there is just something extra special about a certain one.

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  2. Training one dog at a time is great for getting things down, but then adding dogs to reinforce behavior is a great training tool, not just for hunting, but for everything. A dog needs to learn to do their thing while others do something else. Good post.

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  3. Hunting dogs have the ultimate in high distraction training! Obviously, you have it down. With obedience training my guys, I work each individually but to really proof a cue, they must be able to work together/around each other. This is, of course, more difficult when I am training on my own but that just means it takes a little more time (and a lot more treats) to get things right. I love that poem and that shot of Norman in the hide- his eyes glowing and he’s ready to go. Awesome! Thanks for joining us for Multiple Pet Mania! I look forward to more of your posts. It is interesting to learn about how we all cope with a(n often feels like too) many dog life.

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  4. Happy Birthday John!! What I love about these pictures if that the joy of being together doing something you all love shows through!

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  5. They really do steal our hearts, don’t they? Each one has their own special qualities that endear them to us. Pawsome photos. Best (and belated) birthday wishes to John.
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